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Alan 1:22 Fri Sep 28
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Juventus and AC Milan are interested in signing Arsenal's Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey. The 27-year-old is likely to leave the club in the summer. (Evening Standard)

Arsenal are open to selling Ramsey in January to avoid losing him for free. (Mirror)

Barcelona are monitoring Manchester United's France midfielder Paul Pogba, 25, amid his problems at the club. (Independent)

Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has ruled out taking Pogba back to Turin, where he spent four years before rejoining United.(Sun)

Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, will meet United officials in November to discuss the midfielder's future. (Guardian)

United players are stunned that Mourinho publicly criticised defenders Eric Bailly and Phil Jones after Tuesday's Carabao Cup defeat by Derby. (Sun)

Mourinho has reprimanded England striker Marcus Rashford, 20, about his attitude because he failed to complete a proper warm-down after the Champions League victory over Young Boys last week. (Mail)

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas believes it will be difficult for the club to keep hold of Eden Hazard. The Belgium midfielder, 27, wanted to leave Stamford Bridge in July but the Blues said he was not for sale. (Evening Standard)

AC Milan are interested in Chelsea's Fabregas, 31, and are ready to make a January move for the Spain international. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Manchester City are interested in Lyon and France Under-21 midfielder Tanguy Ndombele. The 21-year-old signed a five-year deal with the Ligue 1 side this month. (Le10Sport - in French)

Arsenal and England forward Danny Welbeck, 27, says he is happy to be patient in his wait to establish himself in Unai Emery's starting line-up. (Evening Standard)

Paul Allen, the owner of basketball team the Portland Trail Blazers and NFL side the Seattle Seahawks, wants to buy Chelsea. (Mirror)

Southampton forward Danny Ings, 26, says he is enjoying the "feeling of being important" following the Englishman's summer transfer from Liverpool. (Mail)

Everton's England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford says speculation linking him with Chelsea over the summer did not affect his focus. The 24-year-old signed a new six-year deal with the Toffees on Wednesday. (Sky Sports)

Real Madrid have had a bid for defender Benjamin Pavard rejected by Stuttgart. Manchester United and Arsenal have previously been interested in the 22-year-old France right-back. (Sport Bild, via Metro)

West Ham have made an improved contract offer to central midfielder Declan Rice, 19, after the Republic of Ireland international turned down a deal worth more than £40,000 a week. (Telegraph)

Newcastle are refusing to talk to possible successors to manager Rafael Benitez, whose contract expires in June, as they have not given up on keeping the Spaniard at St James' Park. (Mirror)

Manchester United are prepared to offer £60m to Inter Milan for Slovakia centre-back Milan Skriniar, 23. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has told 15-year-old Harvey Elliott to concentrate on "homework" rather than football. The midfielder became Fulham's youngest player as they beat Millwall in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday. (Times - subscription required)

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish thinks he would have secured a place in the England squad had he moved to Tottenham in the summer. The 23-year-old recently signed a new five-year deal with Villa. (Telegraph)

Barcelona and Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets, 30, has signed a new contract at the Nou Camp until 2023, increasing his buyout clause to 500m euros (£445m). (AS)

Paris St-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, 40, says 25-year-old team-mate Marco Verratti is the only real talent in Italian football. (Gazetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Jacob Steinberg

After a quick flick through Instagram, Barcelona have spotted that José Mourinho and Paul Pogba are no longer BFFs. OMG! Can you even? Apparently Paul hates José and José hates Paul and Paul wants to leave Manchester United but Manchester United don’t want to sell Paul but Paul and José have been throwing shade at each other in training and José’s even hidden Paul’s special armband. Drama!

They’ve probably even blocked each other on all social media platforms. Luckily Barcelona are ready to step in to resolve this conflict with a £100m offer for Pogba. Only £100m lower than United’s asking price. What a state of affairs.

Fresh from handing Jack Wilshere a map to the London Stadium in the summer, now it seems that Unai Emery is ready to tell Aaron Ramsey to do one. Arsenal have decided not to offer Ramsey a new contract, which could leave the Welshman free to join Juventus or Milan for nothing next summer. The Mill likes this new ruthless version of Arsenal. Although they should probably think about fetching a fee for Ramsey in January.

Chelsea’s Cesc Fàbregas is a target for Milan, who look set on reuniting Arsenal’s 2010-11 side. The Mill has exclusively heard that the San Siro club will also swoop for Sébastién Squillaci, Andrey Arshavin, Johan Djourou, Marouane Chamakh and Nicklas Bendtner.

Manchester City are so miffed at being outplayed by Lyon last week that they plan to snatch Tanguy Ndombele off the French side. Paul Allen, the owner of the basketball team the Portland Trail Blazers and NFL side the Seattle Seahawks, wants to buy Chelsea. Paul Allen, the former footballer, became the youngest player to feature in an FA Cup final when he helped West Ham beat Arsenal at Wembley in 1980. However that record was broken by Millwall’s Curtis Weston in 2004.

Real Madrid have been told to forget about it after trying to buy Stuttgart’s Benjamin Pavard.


Bitter legal row over West Ham stadium has already cost taxpayer £4m

Tom Morgan, Sports News Correspondent

The bitter legal row between West Ham United and their stadium landlords has already cost taxpayers £4 million, it has emerged.

The London Legacy Development Corporation confirmed the bill comes as overall costs continue to spiral over a war of words with the club over commercial activity.

The London Stadium owners have already claimed they are now spending £70,000 extra per game because of troublemaking fans.

Gerry Murphy, deputy chief executive of the LLDC, told the London Assembly: “Over the last three years, our legal costs in relation to West Ham, by the end of this year, will be about £4 million.”

Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon said the situation was “extraordinary”.

West Ham have been in dispute with the stadium owners since they moved into the former Olympic Stadium in 2016. Issues ranged from capacity and stewarding to the sale of draught beer and the colour of the carpet which surrounds the pitch.

The stadium, built for the London Olympics in 2012, was converted for £323m. Although West Ham pay an index-linked annual rent of £2.5m as tenants, the venue is still set to lose £140m over the next 10 years.

Sir Peter Hendy, chairman of the LLDC, recently denied the club’s “extremely serious and damaging” allegations that his organisation had given misleading information about their financial agreement.

In an open letter to the London Assembly, Sir Peter said costs had gone up again since estimates last season that the LLDC was losing £2m a year as a result of the deal which allows West Ham use the ground for an annual rent of £2.675m.

“Since then, costs have increased, not least because the behaviour of a small minority of West Ham fans at the end of last season means we now spend more on security,” he wrote. “Each match so far this season costs an average of around £270,000 to stage.”

The club claim the LLDC receives £10m annually in rent and associated income. The club have offered to pay £380,000 if a claret cover is installed but the LLDC has asked for a £300,000 annual fee to cover commercial advantages. West Ham won a legal arbitration over a number of disputes over the summer but the disagreement over the running track cover is as intense as ever.

A spokesman for West Ham said: "The figure mentioned to put on a fixture at London Stadium does not take into consideration the revenue generated against those costs, including our annual rental figure, catering and other commercial income."


London Stadium owners get their sums wrong

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) misled London Assembly members this afternoon by suggesting the corporation loses between £250,000 and £260,000 every time West Ham plays at the London Stadium excluding any seat move costs.

LLDC Deputy CEO Gerry Murphy suggested the figure was a net figure excluding any revenue from catering or rent from West Ham to the London Assembly budget and performance committee chaired by a West Ham season ticket holder Len Duvall.

Hower Murphy’s sums are wrong, the Moore Stephens report published last year revealed that West Ham match day costs are around £220,000 per game minus £30,000 per game profit share the LLDC receive in catering revenue. It has been well reported that West Ham match costs increased by £70,000 per match after Burnley troubles so the gross total is now closer to £290,000 per game minus the £30,000 for catering profit so the total is around the £260,000 per game which Murphy quoted.

However, that figure crucially doesn’t include the West Ham rent of £2.9m per year which when split over 21 games takes off £138,000 per game. There are also a number of other revenue streams they failed to mention. These include pourage sponsorship from Heineken worth £550,000 per year or £75,000 per West Ham game and other sponsorship/advertising worth at least £50,000 per match. They also earn 10% of the pitch side LED advertising worth £35,000 per match without taking into account the midtier LED advertising of which the revenue is unknown.

The reality is that West Ham games face their own face as the sums below show and they should make a small profit of £38,000 per game on running costs alone.

Event day cost of West Ham match post-Burnley

£290,000 per game


West Ham rent £138,000 per game

Pourage rights £75,000 per game

Advertising £50,000 per game

Catering profit share £30,000 per game

Shared of pitchside LED advertising £35,000

Total Revenue per West Ham game = £328,000

The London Assembly have released a statement following yesterday’s hearing on London Stadium finances and claiming West Ham Vice-Chairman Karren Brady will face the same committee in October to tell her side of the story.

The press statement reads: “At today’s meeting of the London Assembly Budget and Performance Committee, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) claimed it costs £250,000 for every West Ham match hosted at the London Stadium. The LLDC also said that legal fees will reach £4 million by the end of this year.

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Boycie 10:57 Fri Sep 28
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Thanks Alan, if that bloke from fulham had the brains he would buy our ground offer the two bobs £5m cash and they would take it to leave

jimbo2. 4:25 Fri Sep 28
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Ta muchly Al!

gph 3:54 Fri Sep 28
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Thanks, Alan

Thanks Alan 3:09 Fri Sep 28
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Mad dog 1:31 Fri Sep 28

Sarge 2:25 Fri Sep 28
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Thanks Alan

BubblesCyprus 2:09 Fri Sep 28
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Thanks Alan much appreciated.

The Libertine 1:31 Fri Sep 28
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Best Thread on here. Keep it up Alan

Mad Dog 1:31 Fri Sep 28
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Thanks alan

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