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Chelsea to raid Bayern Munich and Arsenal as Liverpool's Van Dijk hopes strengthened: all the transfer rumours

Chelsea have drawn up a list of four top transfer targets, including three English Premier League stars, according to the rumour mill.

The reigning Premier League champions are interested in Leicester midfielder DANNY DRINKWATER, according to the Daily Mail, who report that the England international is on a list which also includes Arsenal's ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN, Everton's ROSS BARKLEY and Bayern Munich's RENATO SANCHEZ.

The Daily Mirror say Barkley, however, will have to lower his wage demands to join his other suitors Tottenham, who are not willing to pay the £120,000-a-week wages the 23-year-old England midfielder turned down at Goodison Park.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail are reporting that Southampton are weighing up a £12 million move for Lazio centre-back WESLEY HOEDT. The paper are reporting talks have taken place between the two clubs as Saints look to replace VIRGIL VAN DIJK, who is still the subject of rumours linking him with a move to Anfield.

The Evening Standard claim Newcastle have entered the chase for LUCAS PEREZ but are as yet not ready to match Arsenal's £13.4million valuation.

ONLINE/SOCIAL ROUND-UP

@SkySportsPL: Watford agree deal to buy Brazilian forward Richarlison from Fluminense for £13million.

@MirrorFootball: Newcastle risk missing out on £17.5million Benfica midfielder Andreas Samaris.

@ESPNFC: Reports in Spain suggest Barcelona could make a shock move for Arsenal's former Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

NEYMAR: Paris St Germain are so confident of signing the Brazilian they are already planning how to unveil him, according to ESPN.

THOMAS VERMAELEN: Sky Sports claim West Brom are interested in the 31-year-old former Arsenal centre-back, who has spent three injury-blighted years at Barcelona.

MASSADIO HAIDARA: French left-back is the latest Newcastle player to be told to find a new club, and is in talks to join Ligue 1 St Etienne - according to the Chronicle.

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