Reports have emerged over the reasons Tottenham abandoned talks to acquire the services of former Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte.
According to Football Italia, Conte was not convinced by the Tottenham Hotspur proposal, and the Premier League club therefore ended the talks.
The situation was heading in that direction anyway, with Sky Sport Italia and others in Italy reporting throughout the last couple of days that the coach was increasingly cold on the idea.
He had left Inter by terminating his contract by mutual consent because he wanted more investment on the transfer market and for none of his title-winning squad to be sold, something the club could not guarantee.
Tottenham aren’t in a much more solid scenario either and Conte was afraid Harry Kane would be sold, badly weakening what was already not a strong group.
He also wanted a considerably higher salary package than was being offered, with a difference of circa €3m, according to Sky Sport Italia, and for more than four members of his staff to be brought in.
The Telegraph report that Tottenham have realised this is going nowhere and decided to pull the plug on negotiations.
Chelsea have been linked with a move for Arsenal goal machine, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gabonese striker has been Arsenal’s most important player for the last three seasons and although the last campaign was a poor one for him, the Gunners still see him as an important part of their plans.
While Arsenal crashed out of the Europa League at the semi-final stage, Chelsea won the Champions League, reached the final of the FA Cup and finished inside the top four.
The Blues are looking to build on that and they have prioritised signing a new striker.
Timo Werner has continued to underperform and The Telegraph names Aubameyang as one striker that they are considering a move for.
It says that the Blues are impressed by his goal-scoring ability and they are looking to reunite him with Thomas Tuchel.
They previously worked together at Borussia Dortmund before Aubameyang left for the Gunners at the start of 2018.
The report says the Blues wanted to sign him last summer but considered that he was too old.
It then adds Tuchel can make a case for signing him by pointing at his goal record under his management which is impressive.
Olivier Giroud confirms he is ‘pleased’ to hear Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants him at Milan, but they remain ‘one option among others,’ even after his Chelsea extension.
The France international spoke to RMC Sport last night and was asked about the comments Ibrahimovic made urging him to join the San Siro giants.
“I like his character and the way he has of expressing himself, even if his outspokenness can be a little fiery at times,” replied Giroud.
“It’s good, I take it as extra motivation. I cannot talk about my future right now. Milan are one option among others. As I said, it’s always nice to hear Zlatan say that sort of thing.”
Zlatan had earlier claimed that the Rossoneri need someone like Olivier Giroud.
The Swede told La Gazzetta dello Sport: “Giroud has the experience, and we don’t have many players who have won trophies. He’s welcome if he also arrives because everyone is helpful in this group. Everyone wants to learn.”