Premier League champions Chelsea are planning to spend up to £200 million before the transfer window closes on several players from rival clubs.
Targets include Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater, Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Southampton defenders Virgil van Dijk, Ryan Bertrand and Cedric Soares.
The Blues are also keeping tabs on Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld. He is currently in negotiations over a new contract but if they break down Chelsea could come in with an offer.
Chelsea have had an initial £20 million bid for Drinkwater rejected by Leicester, who are holding out for £30 million. However, Chelsea officials are hoping to reach a compromise.
Meanwhile, Oxlade-Chamberlain is in the final year of his contract at Arsenal and the Gunners could be tempted to cash in if Chelsea bid around £25 million.
Finally, Southampton have said all three defenders are not for sale but that doesn’t mean that a deal is out of the question.
Van Dijk has been agitating for a move all summer, and a £60 million move to Liverpool had been mooted – and thought preferred by the player. But a bid from Chelsea could change his mind.
Bertrand started out at Chelsea and could be tempted by a move back to his old stomping ground.
Finally, Soares has been attracting interest from Spurs as well. However, it would take a sizeable offer to make Saints reconsider their position.