Jamie Vardy leaning toward Arsenal snub to stay with Leicester City
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Top Story: Vardy leaning toward Arsenal snub
Jamie Vardy looks to be edging closer to committing his future to Leicester and turning down the opportunity to join Arsenal, according to Bleacher Report.
The England international will reportedly sign fresh terms with the Foxes if he remains, leaving the Gunners to search elsewhere for a striker to supply competition for Olivier Giroud.
Vardy would be walking away from perhaps his final opportunity at a big move, given he turns 30 in January. Leicester are set for a Champions League campaign next season, and with Claudio Ranieri playing to his strengths, Vardy may feel staying gives him the best chance at an extended spell in the England setup.
Conte attempts to persuade Nainggolan
Antonio Conte has directly contacted Roma's Radja Nainggolan in a bid to lure the Belgian to Chelsea, with the Blues encountering problems with the player and his club not so keen on the idea of a deal. The Guardian reports the Blues had a bid of £23 million plus bonuses knocked back, with the Giallorossi looking to fetch around £32m.
"He already wanted me when he was the Juve manager, but I'd already said I would never leave Roma for Juve," Nainggolan is quoted as saying. "Now he tries to get me to Chelsea. [Belgium teammates Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois] have also told me to join them."
Quite whether Chelsea's charm offensive will do the trick is unclear, but Conte evidently feels Nainggolan, a player with tremendous energy and penetration, is vital to transforming the Blues.
Chelsea enter race for Batshuayi
Michy Batshuayi has a new suitor and it's Chelsea, who might fit the Belgian's criteria as a bigger club or one that plays in the Champions League, which the player revealed as his reason for knocking back West Ham.
An excellent season in Ligue 1 has led to half of Europe looking at the Marseille striker, and the Mirror writes that the Blues will look at bidding £31m, though Alvaro Morata and Romelu Lukaku remain on their radar.
It is unclear whether Chelsea's interest is related to the future of Diego Costa, as Antonio Conte might prefer to pick two centre-forwards, as he did during the majority of his time at Juventus.
Saints set for another summer of change
Southampton could be ready for another summer of upheaval, with Ronald Koeman's move to Everton triggering a number of other sales.
The Mirror report that Saints will let Victor Wanyama join Tottenham and Graziano Pelle will head back to Italy with Lazio. However, the South Coast club are more confident of fending off interest in Sadio Mane and Shane Long, both of whom have interested Liverpool, as they look to avoid an exodus.
Saints endured a tough summer two seasons ago when Mauricio Pochettino departed St Mary's and will need to rebuild in a similar manner to avoid a tumbling down the table.
- Liverpool and West Ham will try to bring Thomas Vermaelen back to the Premier League this summer with his Barcelona manager Luis Enrique prepared to sanction his departure, according to Spanish outlet Sport (via the Mirror).
- New Watford manager Walter Mazzarri will begin his summer business by heading to Serie A for Juventus midfielder Roberto Pereyra. Sky Sport Italia report the Hornets will pay Juventus just more than £10m, which the Old Lady will use to help fund a move for Roma playmaker Miralem Pjanic.