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Liverpool to miss out on Van Dijk as Arsenal chase one of Europe's hot prospects: transfer rumours

Arsenal are turning their attention to one of the hottest properties in Europe, according to today's rumour mill.

Real Madrid's 21 year-old attacking midfielder MARCO ASENSIO is on the Gunners' wanted list according to Diario Gol. The London club do face competition from Manchester City, Juventus and Bayern Munich according to the Spanish outlet.

The news comes as the Sun report that Asensio is determined to stay at his current club and will use the interest as leverage over a new contract as he seeks confirmation on his place in Zinedine Zidane's plans.

Meanwhile, ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN continues to be linked with a move away from Arsenal.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is concerned about the size of his squad and sees the versatile 23-year-old as the ideal man to plug several holes. According to the Evening Standard, the Blues are increasingly confident they will be able to prise the England man away for £35million.

The Blues are also interested in Southampton centre-back VIRGIL VAN DIJK. The Dutch international is thought to favour a move to Liverpool but Yahoo Sport report that Saints will NOT consider doing business with the Anfield club, leaving Van Dijk to consider offers from Chelsea and Manchester City.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson says he will do all he can to convince PHILIPPE COUTINHO to stay at the club with Barcelona reported to be readying a MASSIVE final bid.

ONLINE/SOCIAL ROUND-UP

@talkSPORT: " Jack Wilshere a shock target for Juventus"

@TheSunFootball: "Man United target Ivan Perisic has already decided on his future"

PLAYERS TO WATCH

DAVINSON SANCHEZ: The Independent reports the 21-year-old Colombian has told Ajax he wants to join Tottenham.

ALEXIS SANCHEZ: Arsene Wenger insists the Chile forward is staying at Arsenal, but the Daily Telegraph reports Manchester City will test their resolve with a £60million bid.

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