Our Rumour Mill roundup for today includes Liverpool’s bid to strengthen their squad this summer, Leicester’s interest in a Middlesbrough defender and Conte’s wish of hanging on to his star striker.
Liverpool plan to spend big this summer
According to the Telegraph, Liverpool plan to spend in excess of £100 million this summer to improve on their fourth place finish and as they once again look to challenge for Champions League glory. Some of the targets include Virgil Van Dijk, who could cost at least £50 million and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would cost an excess of £20 million. Some other names include Naby Keita of Red Bull Leipzig and Christian Pulisic of Borussia Dortmund.
Antonio Conte fighting to keep hold of Spaniard
Antonio Conte has pleaded with the club’s top officials to come up with a deal which could see striker Diego Costa remain at the club, reports The Sun. Conte believes Costa is “irreplaceable” and with Champions League football also to take care of next season, Costa will be much needed to the squad.
Costa has been of interest to Chinese club Tianjin Qian Jian since January and it is believed if the wages are mounted up to £300,000-a-week it could lure the striker away from West London.
Boro defender wanted by Premier League clubs
Boro defender could preserve his Premier League status with a move to either Leicester City or West Brom as both clubs have shown interest in signing the £20 million-rated Ben Gibson, reports The Sun.
Gibson’s Boro got relegated to the Championship and this is his escape route back to the Premier League. With Middlesbrough being owned by Ben’s uncle Steve, it would be difficult for any club to convince Boro to sell the defender.
Manchester United hopeful of signing Bayern duo
Renato Sanches and Douglas Costa both have endured a tough season at Bayern Munich and could be on the move with interest from Manchester United, reports The Sun. United will be looking to sign top players if they qualify for the Champions League next season, which will be determined when they face Ajax in the Europa League Final.
Newcastle plot swoop for Chelsea striker
According to The Mirror, Rafa Benitez will make a bid to land Michy Batshuayi on loan in the summer. The Belgian striker has made just one Premier League start with the Blues since making a £33 million move last summer, but has scored 4 goals in his last three appearances which eventually saw Chelsea seal the Premier League title.