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Alan 1:05 Tue Mar 26
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France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, has decided he wants to leave Manchester United this summer and is considering moves to Spain or Italy. (AS - in Spanish)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has made Paris St-Germain and France striker Kylian Mbappe, 20, his number one target this summer and could offer around 280m euros (£240.1m). (France Football - in French)

Liverpool's Senegal forward Sadio Mane, 26, is also a key summer target for Real Madrid. (Marca - in Spanish)

Brazil forward Neymar is in talks with Paris St-Germain over a contract extension, his father has said. The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to Real Madrid. (ESPN)

Juventus have joined Bayern Munich, Manchester United and PSG in the race to sign Real Madrid and France centre-back Raphael Varane, 25. (Sport)

Manchester United could confirm this week that caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will take over on a permanent basis. (Mail)

Tottenham are set to make a move for Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic, with the Italian club seeking£30m for the 30-year-old Croatia player. (TuttoMercatoWeb, via Star)

Arsenal are keeping tabs on Guingamp striker Marcus Thuram, the son of former France defender Lillian Thuram. The 21-year-old's contract with the relegation-battling Ligue 1 club expires in the summer and he is also attracting interest from Borussia Dortmund. (Sun)

Benfica want to increase the release cause in Portuguese forward Joao Felix's contract to fend off interest from a number of clubs. Manchester United and Juventus have been linked with a move for the 19-year-old. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Barcelona will consider selling France defender Samuel Umtiti to Manchester United this summer, despite the 25-year-old wanting to stay at the La Liga club. (Mail)

Meanwhile, Umtiti believes his international team-mate and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, 28, regrets not joining Barcelona during the last transfer window. (Express)

Manchester United's Spain midfielder Ander Hererra, 29, says it is "logical" he has been linked with a move to Paris St-Germain with only three months remaining on his contract at Old Trafford. (El Periodico - in Spanish)

Arsenal are also interested in signing Hererra on a free transfer in the summer. (Mail)

Chelsea's Denmark defender Andreas Christensen, 22, says players have been told they will not be allowed to leave in the summer if the club's transfer ban is upheld. (Times - subscription required)

Both Tottenham and Arsenal are interested in Ajax's Argentina defender Nicolas Tagliafico. Ajax want £15m for the 26-year-old. (Sun)

Belgium midfielder Yannick Carrasco, 25, who was the subject of a bid from Arsenal in January, says he would "love" to return to Europe from Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang. (Sun)

Manchester United and Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic, 30, says he wants interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his backroom staff to remain at the Premier League club. (ESPN)

Former Liverpool academy player Alexander Kacaniklic says he was accidentally sold to Fulham as part of a swap deal by former manager Roy Hodgson. Hodgson thought a different 'Alex' was being sent to Craven Cottage, with Paul Konchesky joining the Reds. (Metro)

Chelsea's France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 27, says even if Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane called him to ask him to join the Spanish club he would stay with the Blues. (Mirror)

Nearly 2,000 football agents have received letters from HM Revenue and Customs telling them they may face tax investigations. (Times - subscription required)




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Spanish publication AS have taken it upon themselves to interpret vague comments made by Paul Pogba last week as a “come and get me” plea, although theirs is a story Manchester United fans might want to take with a pinch of salt. On international duty with France, the midfielder described Real Madrid as “a dream for anyone”, prompting excitable journalists to declare this means he is ready to leave Manchester United and his agent Mina Raiola is already “working hard” to find his client a new club. Reports elsewhere suggest Real have offered James Rodríguez as a potential makeweight but say United would only countenance sanctioning the sale of Pogba if it meant they got Gareth Bale.

Meanwhile, across the channel, France Football say Real manager Zinedine Zidane has identified Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappé as a potential £240m summer signing, while in-form Liverpool striker Sadio Mané is also being touted as a potential cornerstone of the Spanish club’s rebuild.

A longtime Manchester United target who almost joined the club in 2017, Ivan Perisic is currently being linked with a move to Spurs. Reports in Italy say the Serie A side are prepared to let the 30-year-old winger go for £30m, which is £10m more than Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is prepared to pay. Despite being contracted to Barcelona until 2023, the word on the streets around the Camp Nou is that the club are prepared to let France defender Samuel Umtiti go and would consider selling him to Manchester United. The 25-year-old appears to have other ideas, however. Asked on French television if he’d still be at Barcelona next season, he responded with the one-word answer: “yes”.

With his contract at Manchester United due to expire at the end of this season, Ander Herrera could be off to PSG, but is also understood to have admirers at Arsenal. In a similar position at Liverpool, where he is unable to get a game ahead of Andy Robertson, Alberto Moreno will leave Anfield this summer and could move to Barcelona.

Having stayed in China despite interest from Arsenal in the January transfer window, Yannick Carrasco has let it be known he wants to leave his current club Dalian Yifang and move closer to home this summer. “I would love to return to Europe,” he said. “A lot of clubs were interested in me. We tried to find a solution in January that would enable me to leave Dalian Yifang. But I can understand the club’s thinking. They wanted me to stay. I still feel OK in China. But I have lost my starting place in the Belgian national side.” Whether Arsenal are still interested in Carrasco remains to be seen, but they are reported to be courting Guingamp striker Marcus Thuram, who has just one year left on his deal with the relegation-threatened Ligue 1 side.

Arsenal are also giving Ajax left-back Nicolás Tagliafico the glad eye, but will have to duke it out with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Tottenham, among others, in the battle to secure the scrawl of an Argentinian 26-year-old who says “it’s great that they are talking about me because it means things are going well.”

And finally, having failed to make much of an impression at Leicester since joining from Freiberg last year, central defender Caglar Soyuncu could be off home to Turkey where both Fenerbahce and Besiktas are prepared to offer him a new home.






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Maxi Gomez update

West Ham summer target Maxi Gomez last night grabbed his first ever international goal for Uruguay against Thailand to round off a 4-o win over Thailand in the China Cup final.

The Celta Vigo striker scored in the 88th minute and it was not among the most spectacular he will ever manage. His touch on the edge of the box took a big deflection before finding the net.

However, that was of no consequence to the front man who celebrated on Twtter afterwards before returning to Spain for a crucial game against Villareal at the weekend.

Gomez’s release clause with his club reduces to £22 million should they be relegated and Vigo are currently locked into the relegation zone – being third off bottom.

They are now four points behind Saturday’s visitors and defeat at home would make a Great Escape increasingly difficult with just nine games of the season left after the clash.

That can only be of benefit to the Hammers who continue to track the club’s situation with understandable interest given the possible financial advantages on offer should they be relegated.

With injured Andy Carroll now looking certain to leave at the end of the campaign, Gomez has been the most discussed of the Hammers striker targets although there has been plenty of what the club believe is “agent talk” about other interest in recent weeks.

Hammers make top three in attendances

West Ham have the third highest average attendance in the Premier League this season with 57,904 tickets sold on average for each game and that could soon improve.

1st Man Utd: 74,503
2nd Arsenal: 59,888
3rd West Ham: 57,904
4th Man City: 54,120
5th Liverpool: 52,899
6th Tottenham: 52,584
7th Newcastle: 50,936
8th Chelsea: 40,531
9th Everton: 38,982
10th Leicester: 31,823

With the increase in capacity at the London Stadium to 60,000 this January, the average attendance is likely to increase further next season.

Official attendances since the capacity increase have been Brighton 59,870 Arsenal 59,946 Liverpool 59,903 Fulham 59,950 Newcastle 59,910 and Huddlesfield 59,931.

At that rate, the average attendance since January in Premier League games is 59,918 which enough to leapfrog Arsenal into second place in the Premier League attendance table.

We all know that Official attendances are the number of tickets sold and not the real attendances but it is the only metric published by all Premier League clubs and all clubs have an element of non-attendance from season ticket holders.




Football London

Manuel Pellegrini & Mario Husillos learn how much it will cost to sign West Ham summer target

Latest West Ham transfer news includes an update on Guillermo Maripan's future

West Ham United will have to stump up the cash if they want to sign Alaves defender Guillermo Maripan in the summer transfer window.

football.london understands that manager Manuel Pellegrini and director of football Mario Husillos are very keen on signing the 24-year-old who has enjoyed a fine season in the top flight of Spanish football.

Maripan has featured in all but six games so far has played in seven of the eight games in which Alaves have kept a clean sheet in La Liga.

What's more impressive is that the team as a whole have only conceded 31 goals, which gives them a better defensive record than Real Madrid and have shipped four more than leaders Barcelona.

The Chile international's performances have not got unnoticed with the Catalan giants as well as Serie A side AS Roma also credited with an interest which could prove to be an issue for the Hammers' hopes of landing him.

His manager at club level, Abelardo Fernandez, welcomed interest from one of European football's biggest clubs.

"It's a compliment that teams like Barcelona are looking at a player like Guillermo," he said.

"Guille is a very young player.

"He has a great capacity for growth and in recent games has grown tremendously. He's doing very well, he’s very reliable."

With that said, the person who is likely to have the final say on Maripan's future should a bid come in for the defender is the club's sporting director Sergio Fernandez and he's revealed how much it would cost the Irons to get a deal done in the summer.

"If a club wants Maripan, they must pay his release clause, which is set at £23 million," Fernandez told Marca.

That would be £1m more than what West Ham paid Toulouse for Issa Diop last summer and he's proven to be money well spent with a number of impressive performances in his debut season in English football.

The 6ft 4in defender also has earned 13 caps for Chile in his career so far and has been likened to Barcelona centre half Gerard Pique as he is a very technical and ball-playing centre half, something that will certainly appeal to Pellegrini.



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Texas Iron 7:45 Tue Mar 26
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jimbo2. 5:14 Tue Mar 26
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Mex Martillo 4:39 Tue Mar 26
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Thanks Alan

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charleyfarley 1:15 Tue Mar 26
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