Chelsea set for transfer blow while Liverpool could sell star and Sunderland line up bid

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Chelsea started the defence of their Premier League title with a 2-2 draw against Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

According to a report in one of today’s newspapers, the Blues are now looking to improve their squad ahead of the closure of the transfer window.

That is just one of the stories to have made today’s headlines, with Manchester United, Liverpool and Sunderland among the other clubs to feature.

Chelsea are set to have their £30million offer for Everton defender John Stones rejected. (Daily Mail)

Everton are lining up AC Milan defender Cristian Zapata as a possible replacement for Stones. (ESPN)

Liverpool are ready to sell midfielder Lucas Leiva. (Liverpool Echo)

Sunderland and Middlesbrough both want to sign Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes, but the Championship club will not allow him to leave in an exchange deal. (The Times)

Lazio midfielder Lucas Biglia has agreed personal terms with Man United, and is set to join for £17.7million. (Le10Sport)

Manchester City have improved their offer for Wolfsburg forward Kevin De Bruyne to £47million. (The Guardian)

Real Madrid have made a final bid of £21.2million for Man United goalkeeper David de Gea. (Daily Star)

Stoke City will complete the signing of Inter Milan midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri for £12million today. (The Sun)

Tottenham Hotspur are confident of landing either Man United striker Javier Hernandez or West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino in this transfer window. (London Evening Standard)

Spurs also hope to seal a deal for striker Clinton N’Jie from Lyon. (Daily Telegraph)

Meanwhile, Tottenham are favourites to sign FC Basel striker Breel Embolo for £10million. (Daily Mirror)

West Brom are set to land Liverpool left-back Jose Enrique. (Tuttomercatoweb)

Everton could be on the verge of signing Man United defender Jonny Evans after the odds on him moving to Goodison Park were slashed. (Metro)

Chelsea are set to complete a £21.7million deal for Augsburg left-back Baba Rahman. (Daily Express)

Meanwhile, it is relatively quiet on the transfer front at Newcastle United.