Chelsea to face Manchester challenge for defender while Newcastle want French star

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Chelsea saw off the challenge of the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal to win the Premier League title last season.

However, it now appears they may have to do battle with the same clubs in the transfer market this summer to land their top targets.

Today, Man City have reportedly entered the race for a Chelsea target, but that is far from the only story to have made the headlines, with Newcastle United, Liverpool and West Ham United among the other clubs to feature.

Man City are set to enter the race to sign John Stones from Everton, while Chelsea are ready to make a third bid for the defender. (Daily Mirror)

Everton rejected a bid of £26million for Stones from Chelsea on Tuesday. (ESPN)

Newcastle have revived their interest in Marseille winger Florian Thauvin, having had a £12million offer turned down earlier this summer. (Daily Express)

Newly-promoted Serie A side Bologna are considering making an offer to sign Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli permanently. (London Evening Standard)

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic insists the club has not given up on signing Barcelona midfielder Alex Song on a permanent basis. (London Evening Standard)

Man United have abandoned plans to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, with the Spanish club valuing him at £85million, and the Red Devils having hoped £60million would be acceptable. (The Sun)

Swansea City have placed a £25million price tag on Crystal Palace target Ashley Williams. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham Hotspur’s hopes of signing Ashley Young have suffered a blow, with the winger expected to sign a new deal at Man United. (talkSPORT)

Arsenal are planning a move for Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets. (Daily Express)

Nantes midfielder Jordan Veretout is set to fly to England to discuss terms with Aston Villa over a £7million deal. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert could link up with former manager Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham, while West Brom are also interested. (The Times)

Stoke City are interested in Dynamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko and Barcelona winger Adama Traore. (Stoke Sentinel)

Leicester City are prepared to pay £11million to beat off competition from Bayer Leverkusen and Marseille to sign Chile midfielder Charles Aranguiz from Brazilian club Internacional. (The Sun)

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