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Alan 1:43 Wed Jun 27
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea have made a £35m-move for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, 23. The club hope the Italy international will be Maurizio Sarri's first signing as manager. (Evening Standard)

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini will make an announcement on his future on 1 July. The Belgian, 30, has yet to agree terms with the club over a new deal. (Manchester Evening News)

Jack Grealish, 22, is ready to quit Aston Villa this summer to return to Premier League, with Tottenham lead the race for the English attacking midfielder. (Mirror)

Real Madrid are considering selling Spanish midfielder Marco Asensio, 22, to raise funds to sign Paris St-Germain's Brazilian playmaker Neymar, 26. Liverpool are interested in signing Asensio. (Sport - in Spanish)

Arsenal are close to signing Borussia Dortmund's Greece centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 30, and remain in talks with Freiburg for Turkish centre-back Caglar Soyuncu, 22. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United are monitoring AC Milan's Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci, 31. (Yahoo)

Manchester City are considering a move to re-sign Australia midfielder Aaron Mooy, 27, from Huddersfield Town. City have a £20m buy-back option, while Everton, West Ham United and Southampton are also weighing up a move for Mooy. (ESPN)

Liverpool will assess 23-year-old Belgium striker Divock Origi over the next few weeks and give him a chance to prove himself at the club. Origi spent last season on loan at Wolfsburg. (Liverpool Echo)

Goalkeeper Alisson Becker, 25, is not "unsellable" according to Roma's sporting director Monchi, with Liverpool and Real Madrid interested in the Brazil international. (Express)

Manchester United have been handed a boost in their bid to sign Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, 23, with the Serie A club already looking at alternatives for the Serbian - including Arsenal and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 27. (Corriere dello Sport, via Manchester Evening News)

Wolves have turned down a £12m-bid from Fulham for 24-year-old Portuguese forward Ivan Cavaleiro. (Sky Sports)

West Brom will not allow English defender Craig Dawson to leave the club cheaply. The Baggies rejected a £12m bid from West Ham for the 28-year-old. (Sky Sports)

Stoke City are closing on a deal for West Brom's Republic of Ireland winger James McClean, 29, after improving on their opening £4m bid. (Mail)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is ready to help Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds by loaning him some of his top young stars. (Sun)

Sporting Lisbon will sack new manager Sinisa Mihajlovic, just days after his appointment. (Record)

England's players will split a pot of £5m if they win the World Cup, but that is only half the amount Thursday's opponents Belgium are set to receive. (Mail)

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Marco Asensio has refused to rule out a move to Liverpool this summer, after being linked with a £158m transfer. “When the World Cup is over, we’ll talk about that sort of thing,” the Real Madrid and Spain midfielder said. He allegedly tops Liverpool’s shortlist of attacking midfielders, though Moses Simon of Gent and Stoke’s Xherdan Shaqiri are also on there, and would be enormously cheaper.

Arsenal are also interested in a Real Madrid midfielder, with Lucas Vázquez the apple of their eye. Disappointingly Real Madrid consider him “non-transferable”, according to OK Diario. The Gunners’ midfield could be further weakened if Lazio get their way, with Corriere dello Sport saying that if Sergej Milinkovic-Savic joins Manchester United or Real Madrid for some ungodly amount of money, they will make Aaron Ramsey their No1 target to replace him and have the cash to make it happen.

Maurizio Sarri wants Robert Lewandowski to be the star signing of his first summer at Chelsea, according to the Star, though a “source close to the deal” tells them that Bayern “don’t want to sell him, even for £200m”. For some reason this hasn’t put Chelsea off, and they will seek to offload Alvaro Morata to help fund the transfer, though Bayern are not interested in taking the Spaniard in part exchange.

In the meantime Chelsea have bid £35m for the Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, who will be offered a five-year deal worth £60,000 a week, double his current wage in Turin, and is said to be ready to leave after spending 15 league games and almost the entirety of Juventus’s Champions League campaign on the bench. Handily, Napoli are said to be keen on David Luiz, a move which would create a Rugani-sized hole in Chelsea’s defence.

Jack Grealish has decided to leave Aston Villa this summer and move to the Premier League, hoping to fulfil his sporting ambitions and also, according to the Mirror, “see his current £20,000-a-week salary rocket”. Tottenham are expected to bid, though they will wait to see precisely how bad Villa’s financial situation is so they can more accurately judge what kind of insultingly low offer they might be forced to accept, while West Ham are said to be monitoring the situation.

Manchester City are poised to pounce if Rafael Leão, the £17m-rated 19-year-old Portuguese forward, joins the exodus of players ripping up their contracts and fleeing Sporting on free transfers, though Juventus and Benfica could provide competition. City are also considering triggering Aaron Mooy’s buy-back clause, which was set at £20m when he moved to Huddersfield for half that sum last summer.

Ademola Lookman is to hold “crunch talks” with Everton this week with his future very much in the air. His club want to keep him but aren’t sure if they’ll want to play him, and he is demanding to actually get his boots dirty. Should they decide to part ways RB Leipzig, Southampton and Spurs will all try to sign him. In other winger news Stoke are finalising a £5m deal to sign James McClean from West Brom, with the Irishman about to enter the final year of his deal at the Hawthorns, and Gary Rowett is keen to sign a total of three wingers – one for the left wing, one for the right wing, and another for, um … well … er – with Bournemouth’s Jordon Ibe and Cardiff’s Junior Hoilett both under consideration.

Newcastle, West Ham and Leicester have all joined the disorderly queue joshing and jostling for the right to sign Danny Ings, who will leave Liverpool this summer. Newcastle also want the Guincamp midfielder Clément Grenier, rated at £3m.


West Ham raise Felipe Anderson bid to £35m: Lazio likely to accept due to bonuses

WEST HAM are finally closing in on top target Felipe Anderson after making a fresh £35m bid to Lazio.

The offer has an additional £4.4m in add-ons which should now see a deal struck.

Lazio have played hardball over a fee for their No.10 who Manuel Pellegrini’s side have pursued for some weeks now.

The Serie A side’s president Claudio Lotito has demanded £44m for Brazilian attacker Anderson.

But Sky Italy say the Lazio chief is likely to accept the Hammers’ latest proposal given the bonus scheme.

The add-ons will depend on the number of appearances Anderson makes for West Ham.

And the easily achievable figure means the two clubs are on the verge of an agreement.

Talks will continue in the coming days and West Ham are hopeful a deal can now be done.

The east London club’s new sporting director Mario Husillos began work at the London Stadium earlier this week along with manager and friend Pellegrini.

And it should see West Ham now step up their transfer activity following the arrivals of Ryan Fredericks, Lukasz Fabianski and Issa Diop.

The Hammers have already spent close to £30m, and that figure will more than double with the club-record signing of Anderson.

West Ham’s squad, bar those featuring at the World Cup, are due to return for pre-season training next week.

And Pellegrini will want Anderson among his ranks as soon as possible.

The 25-year-old star is keen to link up with the former Manchester City and Real Madrid boss.

Wages of £80,000-a-week on a five-year contract have already been agreed with Anderson.

The devastating knee injury to chief playmaker Manuel Lanzini, which rules him out for the entire 2018/19 season, has made bringing in Anderson all the more important for West Ham.

The club missed out on Javier Pastore to Roma after his wage demands stopped any potential move.

Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere remains a target and will become a free agent when he leaves Arsenal at the end of June.

And reports have suggested former Shakhtar Donetsk attacker Bernard is also in talks with West Ham over a free transfer.


Prem rivals on alert to join Leicester in Dragovic race

Premier League rivals are on alert to swoop for Aleksandar Dragovic after Leicester dithered.

West Ham, Brighton and Everton are keeping tabs on Dragovic, who was on loan at the Foxes last term.

The Austria international, 27, made 16 appearances on loan from Bayer Leverkusen.

City had an option to sign him permanently for around £15million.

But they have since signed Jonny Evans for £3.5m on a release clause and looked at potential other new defenders as well including Solomon Kvirkvelia of Lokomotiv Moscow.

The player himself has concerns about his lack of opportunities under boss Claude Puel following Wes Morgan’s return from injury but wants to stay in the Premier League.

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