Paper Round: Manchester United to beat Chelsea to Tiemoue Bakayoko?

On July 7th L'Equipe reported that Bakayoko to Chelsea would be sorted out in the 'coming hours'.

United have also been linked with Bakayoko's Monaco team-mate Fabinho in their search for a defensive midfielder, but have struggled to agree a deal. Liverpool have been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid attacking midfielder James Rodriguez, 25, but the Merseyside club are not willing to pay £66m...

What this means is that the role of the central midfielders is to shore up the middle of the pitch, stop their side from getting overrun and retrieve the ball back to give it simply to their more creative players.

Conte did land a top target on Sunday in German defender Antonio Rudiger after cutting a deal with Roma. I'll have a football player over that every day of the week. The Guardian report that the Red Devils have now shifted their attention to signing Tottenham's 23-year-old English international, Dier in a move that could soften the north Londoners resolve about their stance on the midfielder as Jose appreciates him for his will to improve, tactical versatility and potential.

However, things have gone a little quite in the media in recent weeks and The Sun are citing a report from the Daily Mail that claims Chelsea's proposed move has stalled as Monaco have grown tired of the Londoners inability to get the deal over the line.

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele is a target for Chelsea, West Ham and Marseille according to Sky Sport's Kaveh Solhekol. The Real Betis youngster shone at the U21 Euros for Spain, who lost 1-0 in the final to Germany.

DANI, ARE YOU OKAY?We will finish with an update on Dani Alves, whose planned move to Manchester City from Juventus seemed almost certain at one stage this summer. New Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer wants to sign out-of-favour Barcelona centre-back Thomas Vermaelen.

Arjen Robben will bring a lot of experience to our younger leaning squad and my eventual hope will be that he joins the coaching staff following his retirement.

He'll want more than that and there will be some fiddling but we're not going more than £2-4 million higher than that.

"As I've said for the last few years, if I left Manchester United, there's only Everton and Manchester United I'd play for - I wouldn't play for another Premier League team", he said.

Vanessa Coleman