Premier League Transfer News June 6, 2017: Wenger Battles Real Madrid, Klopp Beats Conte and Guardiola

Klopp Beats Conte
Jurgen Klopp, right, and Antonio Conte left. Klopp's Liverpool looks to have beaten Conte's Chelsea to the signing of Virgil van Dijk. IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty

Jurgen Klopp spent much of last season in between Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola, chasing one and trying to get away from the other. His Liverpool team ended fourth, behind Chelsea and Manchester City.

But, in today's transfer round-up of news and rumors, the Liverpool manager looks to have beaten the pair. Conte's Chelsea and Guardiola's City are in the market for a center back but Klopp appears to have been the most attractive prospect, and the deal looks likely to break a world record.

Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, has been snapped in his home country of France but is said to be there to wrap up a deal that could break the world transfer record. But other reports say he's already been beaten by the might of Real Madrid.

Here, Newsweek takes you through all the reports and whispers going round in the transfer market:

Real Madrid center back Pepe has confirmed he is leaving the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, and the 34-year-old told Spanish radio station Cope that "there are more offers, also from England."

Virgil van Dijk is close to becoming the world's most expensive defender, according to the Daily Mail, as Liverpool is willing to pay £60 million to Southampton for him. Van Dijk, 25, is said to have chosen working with Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool over Chelsea's Antonio Conte and Manchester City's Pep Guardiola.

Conte will, instead, look to his former club Juventus and Leonardo Bonucci as a defensive signing this summer, according to The Sun. Conte won three Serie A title with the Italian defender during his time with Juventus.

Barcelona's new head coach Ernesto Valverde is looking to make Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin his first signing since taking over at the Camp Nou, The Mirror says.

But the same newspaper also believes that Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, is currently busy in Nice, France looking to wrap up signings, in particular for Monaco's Kylian Mbappe.

However, the 18-year-old is also being targeted by some of Europe's biggest clubs, including Real Madrid, which, according to The Sun, has made a world-record £118 million offer for Mbappe.

Everton's Romelu Lukaku has been the subject of interest for both Chelsea and Manchester United over the past couple of years, but German giant Bayern Munich is looking to sneak in and sign the prolific Belgian, according to the Manchester Evening News. Lukaku, 24, was the second highest goalscorer in the Premier League last season after Harry Kane, of Spurs.

And it is the north London club, Spurs, which may have concerns this morning about the words of one of its key players. The Independent has quoted Christian Eriksen, via Ekstra Bladet, as saying a move to Barcelona would be tempting.