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Giulianelli: EXCLUSIVE - Chelsea Manolas bid TODAY; Why Fabinho joins Man Utd; Wenger & Lemar, Lemina

It will happen. Antonio Conte is to sign his new contract with Chelsea.

In the end, as expected, Conte will sign a new contract with Chelsea - until 2021. As I wrote in my last column, I had no doubt about the future of Conte, I told you that his attitude and outburst was just a way to urge his club to pursue new players in order to strengthen the squad.

And Chelsea are forcefully back on the transfer market: a big offer for Virgil Van Dijk is being made and I have some exclusive news.


As you surely know, Kostas Manolas, the Greece centre-back from AS Roma, is negotiating with Zenit St Petersburg, in Russia. But (as I reported - being the first one!) Conte wants him at Chelsea.

Manolas and Zenit are negotiating over the final details, but Chelsea are ready to make a last minute bid in order to overtake the Russians.

Today, Chelsea are expected to submit to Roma a last call, a last bid of €40 million - while Zenit's offer is about €30 million - in order to take the player. The problem is that Zenit are offering a better contract to the player.

Let's see what happens.


You should have caught my exclusive on last week about Fabinho. Why am I so confident about the fact that Fabinho will join Manchester United? Because no other club can take him.

Juventus are diverting their attentions to other players, like Matteo Darmian, of United, and Real Madrid's Danilo; Manchester City won't take him and, of course, Monaco won't sell a key player to their rivals Paris Saint Germain.

We just have to be patient: Manchester United have the habit of announcing new players when the stock market is high. So in a few days he will be a Red Devil, be confident United fans.


My last words are about Arsenal. The focus of the club now is on the Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil situations, then they will move onto the new contract of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, which is already sorted.

In the coming days Mario Lemina's agent will be in touch with Arsenal checking the interest of the club in the Juventus man: but midfield isn't the main priority yet.

I can reveal Thomas Lemar's interest was confirmed to me. Wenger likes very much the Monaco player and he wants him and a top striker if Alexis Sanchez is to leave the club.

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