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Alan 1:09 Wed May 1
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BBC

Paris St-Germain will chase Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea this summer and will pay the 28-year-old £450,000 a week, (Star)

Real Madrid are not prepared to match Paul Pogba's £290,000-a-week wages, meaning the Manchester United midfielder will have to take a pay cut if he wants to move to the Spanish club. (ESPN)

Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, 19, wants to join team-mate Frenkie de Jong at Barcelona next season - but his agent Mino Raiola would prefer him to move to Manchester United, Juventus or Bayern Munich. (Mundo Deportivo)

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva, 24, says he is not thinking about leaving the Premier League club, despite reported interest from Spanish champions Barcelona. (Manchester Evening News)

Arsenal have been told they will have to pay a fee in the region of £17.2m to sign 21-year-old forward Christopher Nkunku from Paris St-Germain. (Evening Standard)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery is intent on signing a central defender, with Leicester's Harry Maguire, Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld, Getafe's Djene Dakonam and Chelsea's Kurt Zouma - who is on loan at Everton - all picked out as potential targets. (Sun)

Manchester City will not make a summer move for Leicester City and England left-back Ben Chilwell, 22, because they are happy with current options Benjamin Mendy and Oleksandr Zinchenko. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata, 31, will need to make a pay cut if he is to get a dream move to Barcelona. (Sun)

Tottenham are leading the race to sign Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon, who is also attracting attention from Paris St-Germain, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund after the Cottagers' relegation. (Evening Standard)

Manchester City are intent on signing Sporting Lisbon's Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes and have requested talks with the club over the 24-year-old. (A Bola)

Inter Milan are keen on taking Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian, 29, back to Italy, with the English club ready to let him leave for less than £9m. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via the Sun)

AC Milan's on-loan Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 24, wants to return to Stamford Bridge - and not extend his stay at the Serie A giants - after suffering racist abuse in Italy. (La Republicca, via the Sun)

Southampton will make a fresh move for Birmingham forward Che Adams, 22. (Mail)

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, 33, is a target for Fulham this summer. (Birmingham Mail)

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard wants Watford striker Andre Gray, 27, to spearhead his side's bid for the Scottish Premiership title next season - and the Ibrox club will try to get him on loan. (The Herald)

Birmingham manager Garry Monk has become the leading candidate to take over as West Bromwich Albion's new manager - if the Baggies win promotion to the Premier League or not. (Daily Mail)

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has identified Alaves centre-back Guillermo Maripan, 24, and Olympiakos left-back Leonardo Koutris, 23, as possible signings to strengthen his defence. (Football.London)

West Ham's central defender Reece Oxford, 20, is close to agreeing a permanent switch to Bundesliga club Augsburg. (Sky Sports)

Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho, 29, has cast doubt over his Selhurst Park future after suggesting he wants to play Champions League football. (Telefoot, via Croydon Guardian)

Newcastle are interested in signing 19-year-old Venezuelan forward Jan Carlos Hurtado - who has already received praise from Toon legend Faustino Asprilla - from Argentine side Gimnasia. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Former England midfielder Jack Rodwell, 28, who is out of contract at Blackburn this summer, is attracting attention from Italian Serie A sides Torino and Sassuolo. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Cardiff City sent a scout to watch Trabzonspor playmaker Yusuf Yazici - who they bid £12m for in January - last weekend as they consider another move for the 22-year-old. (Fotospor, via Wales Online)




Guardian Rumour Mill

Nick Miller

Unai Emery has a plan. The Arsenal manager has been watching Liverpool keenly this season and wants his own version of Virgil van Dijk, after noting the Dutchman has been pretty good and has transformed their team for the better. He has some names in mind too, according to the super soaraway Currant Bun: he likes the look of Leicester’s Harry Maguire, Chelsea/Everton’s Kurt Zouma, Getafe’s Djené Dakonam and – ho! What’s this?!?! – Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld.

Oh Unai, you incorrigible little scamp, eyeing up the lot down the road’s best defender. None of those players will come cheap, naturally, so Arsenal will have to sell some/all of Mesut Özil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Shkodran Mustafi in order to pay for it. Arsenal have also taken note of Youri Tielemans’s brilliant form since joining Leicester on loan but have competition from Spurs, they want PSG’s Christopher Nkunku and will have to pay £17m, plus they’re apparently going to go nose-to-nose with Manchester United for young Reading goalkeeper Coniah Boyce-Clarke. Who needs a director of football, eh? Unai’s got this all boxed off.

There’s a busy summer ahead at Manchester United too: you probably don’t need us to tell you that this morning brings stories of Paul Pogba looking for the door marked ‘Do One’, even if he’ll have to take a pay cut to join Real Madrid, and there’s a similar vibe about Juan Mata’s ‘dream move’ to Barcelona. Meanwhile PSG fancy David de Gea but, for obvious reasons, he won’t have to worry about them coming up with the necessary bunce.

United might have found a taker for Matteo Darmian too, with Inter willing to pony up the £8.5m plus his chunky wages (the Italian side are frantically full-back shopping and are also in talks over Danilo from across town), while there’s an outside chance they could get involved in the Matthijs de Ligt stakes: the player would like Barcelona, but his agent is Mino Raiola so he prefers the greater commi … sorry, opportunities on offer at United, Bayern Munich or Juventus as a destination.

Could Tottenham buy someone this summer? Stranger things have happened. As well as quite rightly being in the Tielemans mix, according to the Laaaaaaaaaahdan Eeeeeeeeeeeven’ Staaahnaaa, they’re at the front of the queue for Ryan Sessegnon with Borussia Dortmund, PSG and Juventus all keeping tabs, but are significantly hampered in this case by not being in London. Spurs would also like Ajax sprite Hakim Ziyech, too.

Some odds and ends here: Stevie Gerrard has tabbed Watford’s Andre Gray as the man he wants up top, although that does seem rather ambitious. Southampton have Birmingham’s Che Adams on their mind and are quite happy with paying £15m for him. Gary Cahill could sign for Fulham when he leaves Chelsea in the summer. Newcastle are looking at young Venezuelan forward Jan Carlos Hurtado, currently doing his thing for Gimanasia y Esgrima in Argentina and who apparently comes with Faustino Asprilla’s seal of approval, if that means much.

Finally, let’s end on a depressing note: Tiémoué Bakayoko has by all accounts been pretty decent for Milan on loan from Chelsea, and had been bang up for making that a permanent move, but he’s now changed his mind after suffering racial abuse in Italy. Ach, what a beastly world.





Sport Witness

Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham named as possible destinations for midfielder

Italian website Calcio Mercato this week brings a list of players who could be leaving AC Milan at the end of the season.

With the expected departure of manager Gennaro Gattuso, if the club don’t get a place in the Champions League, some players who have been ‘shielded’ by the boss could be walking in the summer.

And it turns out that Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United are all linked to one of them: Franck Kessie.

Calcio Mercato recalls that the Gunners, Spurs and Hammers have all tried to sign him in the past, and that’s why the player ‘doesn’t lack interested clubs’.

Currently loaned from Atalanta, Kessie will end up staying at Milan permanently in June as the Rossoneri are paying €24m for an obligatory buying clause.

Now they want to make over €40m with his sale, and expect all this competition to help him get a decent profit. But for that to happen, it should depend on Gattuso’s departure being confirmed.





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Texas Iron 9:54 Wed May 1
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
CHEERS...

Sven Roeder 6:17 Wed May 1
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Anyone seen this Marzipan fellow?

Thanks Alan 2:22 Wed May 1
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Mad Dog 1:17 Wed May 1

bill green 1:34 Wed May 1
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

worth reading just for this nugget from Croydon

Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho, 29, has cast doubt over his Selhurst Park future after suggesting he wants to play Champions League football. (Telefoot, via Croydon Guardian)

Mr Logic 1:25 Wed May 1
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan :)

Mad Dog 1:17 Wed May 1
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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