Jack Wilshere is facing at least three weeks on the sidelines after picking up another ankle injury. The Arsenal midfielder is not expected to feature until September for the Gunners, and is unlikely to play for England either.
Manchester City have been told they can open talks with Kevin De Bruyne, but only once they have agreed to meet Wolfsburg's £50 million valuation. The German club publically insist he will stay, but privately admit they will accept a giant bid.
Southampton have kick-started the bidding war to sign Virgil van Dijk, with the Celtic centre-back also targeted by Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton. Saints have offered £7m and hope to wrap up a deal before the start of the new season.