The stories in Monday’s newspapers involving the area’s clubs…
The Sun say Chelsea are on the verge of confirming Maurizio Sarri as their new manager.
The Blues, widely expected to axe Antonio Conte, are reportedly close to installing ex-Napoli boss Sarri after reaching an agreement with the Italian club, where he remains under contract despite having been replaced by Carlo Ancelotti.
The Sun say Sarri’s first signing could be Russia midfielder Aleksandr Golovin, who will apparently cost £27m from CSKA Moscow.
Golovin was previously linked with Chelsea, with club owner Roman Abramovich said to be keen to take him to Stamford Bridge, and he has again been touted for a move after impressing at the World Cup.
The Sun also say Fulham want Nice striker Alassane Plea for £25m.
West Ham are reported to have made an offer for the 25-year-old but the Whites are also said to be keen.
He is among a host of players Fulham have been linked with since winning promotion back to the Premier League.