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Manchester United are preparing a £50m summer bid for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice. (Irish Independent)

England international Rice, 20, says joining the Hammers was the "best decision" he ever made, after Chelsea let him go at the age of 14. (Standard)

Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan says France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, is "not the finished deal" and wants him to stay at Old Trafford. (Telegraph)

Magazine France Football is calling on Pogba to leave Old Trafford and join Real Madrid this summer. (France Football - in French)

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says the club wanted to sign Pogba but could not afford to compete with Manchester United when he left Juventus in 2016. (ESPN)

Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico says this summer may be the "natural time" to move to a Premier League club. The 26-year-old Argentine is a target for Arsenal. (Mirror)

Everton are preparing a bid for Birmingham City's English forward Che Adams, 22. (Football Insider)

West Ham will not offer Andy Carroll, 30, a new deal at the end of the season. The England striker has had ankle surgery that has ruled him out of the rest of the campaign. (Mail)

Carroll could join a Major League Soccer club when his contract at West Ham expires. (Times)

The Hammers will battle Bournemouth for the signature of Liverpool and England defender Nathaniel Clyne, 28. Clyne has been on loan with the Cherries since January. (Goal)

DC United and Argentina midfielder Luciano Acosta, 24, says he is "happy" to be watched by Manchester United. (Goal)

Wolves and Portugal left-back Ruben Vinagre, 19, is attracting attention from both Liverpool and Barcelona. (Birmingham Mail)

Leicester and Leeds are among a host of English clubs interested in Braga's 24-year-old Brazilian defender Bruno Viana. (Talksport)

Belgium midfielder Thorgan Hazard, 26, will leave Borussia Monchengladbach to join Borussia Dortmund in a 40m euro (£34.5m) deal this summer. (Kicker - in German)

Liverpool submitted a higher offer for Hazard but he wants to move to Dortmund, who have lined him up as a replacement for Chelsea-bound USA forward Christian Pulisic, 20. (Sun)

QPR have held talks with Michael Appleton over their vacant managerial position. (Telegraph)

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez says striker Dwight Gayle, 28, and 24-year-old winger Jacob Murphy, who are both on loan at West Brom, could still have futures at the club, despite the Englishmen being linked with a swap deal for the Baggies' 29-year-old Venezuela forward Salomon Rondon, who is on loan at St James' Park. (Chronicle)

Everton striker Nikola Vlasic's agent says the 21-year-old Croatia international wants to remain at CSKA Moscow on a permanent deal once his season-long loan ends this summer. (Championat, via Liverpool Echo)

Major League Soccer side Toronto FC will not pursue a deal for Arjen Robben, 35, after holding talks with the Dutch winger, who is leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the season. (ESPN)

Arsenal target Thomas Partey says he expects to stay at Atletico Madrid this summer, with interest growing in the 25-year-old Ghanaian midfielder. (Cadena COPE, via Star)

Leicester could take a £20m hit on record signing Islam Slimani, currently on loan at Fenerbahce, with the 30-year-old Algeria forward expected to leave the club on a permanent basis for around £10m. (Star)

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Niall McVeigh

Behind every silver lining, there’s a cloud. The Mill learned that the hard way. Eden Hazard may have turned Chelsea’s win over West Ham into his own private Soccer Skillz clinic, but home fans must sense the end is nigh with Hazard not so much putting himself in the shop window as renting out an entire billboard next to the Bernabéu.

Still, it’s not all bad news. Maurizio Sarri reckons declining forwards Olivier Giroud and Gonzalo Higuaín will still be at the club next season – and presumably, so will he. Hazard’s expected departure will include Mateo Kovacic in the Keith Gillespie role, signing up for three more years of touchline high-fives with Ross Barkley. In actually-not-bad news, Sarri might also funnel some spare cash towards Atalanta for Colombian forward Duván Zapata, who has 20 Serie A goals already this season.

Elsewhere, as one Hazard leaves these shores, another may arrive. Thorgan Hazard appeared set to join Dortmund from Mönchengladbach this summer – but word is that Liverpool might step in and snaffle the winger with a £40m bid. If not, then Jürgen Klopp could ramp up his interest in PSV’s Steven Bergwijn, who is also being pursued by Manchester United and both Milan clubs. Klopp also likes the look, if not the taste or aroma, of Wolves wing-back Ruben Vinagre, and could swing a swap deal involving Rafa Camacho.

Unai Emery is in a tight spot, with Arsenal’s Champions League hopes still in the balance. Wooing new players in fiscally uncertain times is a tricky business, but Emery is still hoping to sweet talk Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti. “He’s a very good player … I’ve always been able to count on French players,” he cooed. Emery will push that theory to the limit with a move for Aston Villa flop Jordan Veretout, now on the mend in Fiorentina’s midfield. Arsenal also fancy Ajax left-back Nicolás Tagliafico, whose current team-mate Daley Blind is wanted by, er, PSG?

Over in Madrid, Zinedine Zidane is in a pickle over James Rodríguez. On the one hand, the Colombian has been on loan at Bayern for so long that Zidane has since won the Champions League, left and come back again. On the other, Rodríguez now has a Spanish passport. Decisions, decisions. Neighbours Atlético are also set for an attacking reshuffle, with the club hierarchy reportedly tired of Diego Costa’s bad behaviour. If only there had been some kind of warning!

Inter’s Mauro Icardi, Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic and Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne are all on Diego Simeone’s shortlist, and he knows just the club to prise some cash from to help with the overheads. It’s Manchester City, who are interested in midfield duo Saúl Ñíguez and Rodri – both of whom are valued at £60m. Elsewhere, Braga defender Bruno Viana has caught the attention of Wolves, Watford, Leicester and Leeds.

Finally, Everton are chasing Birmingham striker Che Adams – and it can only help their cause that Adams’ middle name is literally Everton – while Newcastle and West Brom are lining up a six-player swap deal for the ages. Salomón Rondón, Jake Livermore and Kieran Gibbs could all move north, with Dwight Gayle, Jacob Murphy and Isaac Hayden heading to the Hawthorns. Yowza!


Chelsea’s Sarri hints at Eden Hazard exit after his masterclass sinks West Ham

Dominic Fifield at Stamford Bridge

The adulation which poured down after the final whistle as Eden Hazard, almost sheepishly, clapped his thanks to all sides of the arena was a recognition of one man’s brilliance. His had been a virtuoso display, played out to gasps of disbelief from stands, dug-outs and opposing ranks alike. It might have been tempting to panic prematurely and wonder who could ever come close to replacing the Belgian when, as seems inevitable, he eventually departs to Real Madrid, but sometimes it is best just to savour every last second of excellence.

The worrying can wait. If this was Hazard serving notice of his determination to leave on a high, then the next few weeks could be a joy. Take the goal midway through the first half which prised West Ham apart, slicing them through their centre from the moment he flicked the ball ahead into space, the turbos kicked in and the scuttle became a gallop. There were swerves away from a half-hearted Mark Noble challenge, with Declan Rice an observer too far off the pace to muster a challenge. Then came the zig-zagged slalom, played out at breakneck speed, through Angelo Ogbonna and Fabián Balbuena just inside the visitors’ box.

Hazard went on to reach the penalty spot before dispatching his shot into the corner of the net before Ryan Fredericks, a fifth panicked opponent left littering his vapour trail, could slide in and attempt to suffocate the attempt. “It was something special,” admitted the playmaker through his adrenaline-fuelled post-match beam. “I am small so, when I play against big guys, it is very hard for them to change direction when I run at them.”

Those crumpled West Ham players had been left dizzy by the whole experience, helpless and forlorn. It was a goal to draw the focus, one of the best of his seven-year stint in English football, though, in truth, it did not tell the whole story of his effervescence.

Just as sumptuous had been the weight and accuracy of his passing, often fizzed from deep beyond full-backs and invariably while on the move. Gonzalo Higuaín, who struck a post, and Callum Hudson-Odoi benefited from the type of delivery Hazard summons at will, and to which the locals now take for granted. Then there was his dribbling, summed up in that initial reward but replicated with regular scurries into enemy territory after the break, a lone blue shirted blur among claret. West Ham charged four players with swarming around him at times in a bid to suppress the threat, but the hosts’ No10 would not be suffocated. Marko Arnautovic resorted to shoulder barging Hazard off the ball in the box, and was fortunate the referee did not deem that a foul.

His 19th goal of the campaign, dispatched from Ross Barkley’s pass as a pulsating derby entered its final minute, relieved the tension that had been built up by West Ham’s improved display after the interval. The visitors’ newfound aggression – Manuel Lanzini, Felipe Anderson and Aaron Cresswell all came close to an equaliser, while Arnautovic saw a header deflected behind by Emerson – coupled with Chelsea’s profligacy had served to whip up the tension where the hosts’ initial dominance should have driven anxiety from the tie.

Yet Hazard, given the masterclass he had conducted, was never likely to be denied his moment. Chelsea are now third, with momentum restored after three league wins in a little over a week, ahead of Slavia Prague in the Europa League quarter-finals and Sunday’s daunting trip to Liverpool. They will take heart from the Belgian’s presence on Merseyside. The league leaders should be wary.

Maurizio Sarri, of course, was not permitted that chance to ignore the likelihood of his team’s inspiration departing in the summer. Could this club afford to lose a player of his class and calibre? “From a technical point of view, no,” he said. “Not at the moment. It’s impossible to find another Hazard. At the moment there isn’t another Hazard, his level is so high. You’d have to find two players to make the level of Hazard. So I hope Hazard can stay here, otherwise we’ll have to try something different.

“I’m sure the club doesn’t want to sell him. But, of course, we all have to respect his decision. He will be entering the last season of contract and, if he wants to have another experience, we’ll respect that. We’ll try, of course, in any way to convince him [to stay] but it’s not easy.” The Italian suggested £100m would be “too cheap in this market”, with that a message to Real. The Spanish club had hoped to resume negotiations later this week in the belief Chelsea might be driven down towards the £85m they would be happier to pay. That, surely, will prove wishful thinking on their part.

On this evidence he can still leave Chelsea with Champions League football as a parting gift and with his reputation among their support unaffected. Those in the lower tier of the Matthew Harding stand had unfurled a huge banner depicting Hazard in a trademark knee-sliding celebration prior to kick-off. At some point he will be missed but, for now, irrepressible performances like these are simply to be cherished.

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Texas Iron 7:31 Wed Apr 10
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ted fenton 3:25 Tue Apr 9
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Thanks Alan :-)

Thanks Alan 2:22 Tue Apr 9
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ted fenton. 2:14 Tue Apr 9

Good to see you back on here, ted!

master 2:18 Tue Apr 9
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ted fenton 2:14 Tue Apr 9
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Thanks Alan.

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