Inside Football: Chelsea Want 2 New Strikers & Remain Hopeful on Van Dijk

Dean Jones@DeanJonesBRFootball Insider at Bleacher ReportJune 29, 2017

Inside Football: Chelsea Want 2 New Strikers & Remain Hopeful on Van Dijk

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    Chelsea are continuing with their pursuit of Everton's Romelu Lukaku, but boss Antonio Conte is keen to get another new striker in as well.

    The Lukaku deal is going to drag out while the two clubs attempt to agree a fee, and in the meantime, the Italian manager is keen to ensure the Blues are prepared for next season.

    This edition of Inside Football reveals how Conte retains a keen interest in signing Fernando Llorente from Swansea City.

    It also looks at whether the Blues could also sign Virgil van Dijk, Ross Barkley's future and how Tottenham Hotspur will not give up their interest in the 17-year-old Fulham wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon.

Conte Still Wants Llorente

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    Chelsea will press ahead with a move for Lukaku this summer, but Conte also wants them to strike a deal for Swansea striker Llorente.

    Technical director Michael Emenalo is a driving force behind the bid to bring Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge, three years after he joined Everton for £28 million.

    Conte has been looking at options for next season, though, and he feels they still need Llorente.

    He worked with the player at Juventus, and Llorente was keen on a switch to Chelsea when the Blues looked into signing him in January.

    Conte will ask his club to look into making a new offer in hopes of luring him from the Swans.

    Interestingly, Chelsea have just agreed to send England under-21 forward Tammy Abraham to Swansea on loan for next term.

Chelsea Acting Like Saints over Van Dijk

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    Chelsea are taking a gentle approach to their pursuit of Southampton defender Van Dijk.

    Saints officials have assured new manager Mauricio Pellegrino that star players will not be sold this summer, but there is still some concern over their in-demand central defender.

    The champions are hopeful they will be in pole position to sign the Dutchman if he does become available.

    The situation will become more clear in pre-season, but the Blues must wait to see whether the player tells Southampton he wants to leave.

    But Chelsea are keen to make sure they remain on good terms throughout the process.

    Liverpool were forced to apologise for their aggressive tactics during their courting of Van Dijk after it was leaked that the player wanted to join them. 

Barkley Could Prove to Be a Bargain

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    Barkley's Everton future is up in the air, and Tottenham could still be a potential landing spot.

    Davy Klaassen's arrival and the Toffees' continued pursuit of Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson show Barkley is not a major part of manager Ronald Koeman's thinking.

    But he could yet prove a valuable signing for another Premier League club.

    Klaassen arrived from Ajax for £24 million, and Sigurdsson's fee is expected to be close to £30 million—if Everton are to strike a deal.

    And there is a feeling the 23-year-old Barkley, who counts toward any homegrown quota, could be available for a price within that same region.

    In order for Spurs to become more serious about signing the midfielder, it might be that they wait to offload Moussa Sissoko and reinvest the cash.

Sessegnon Brothers Still on Spurs' Radar

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    Sessegnon has signed a new contract at Fulham, along with twin brother Steven, as reported by Fulham's official website, but expect Tottenham to maintain an interest in signing both players.

    The 17-year-old pair had always pledged to remain with the west London club and have been true to their word.

    Boss Slavisa Jokanovic is vowing to make Ryan an even more crucial part of his team next season, and there is also a good chance that the versatile Steven will make his first-team breakthrough.

    Spurs were keen to strike a deal for both players, though, and they will not be put off by their new contracts. They will attempt to secure a deal to sign them further down the line.


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