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Alan 11:18 Fri May 3
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Real Madrid believe they will sign Chelsea's Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard, 28, as soon as the current campaign finishes. (Marca)

Manchester United are willing to pay half of Chile forward Alexis Sanchez's £26m salary if manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decides to offload the 30-year-old in the summer. (Mail)

Manchester United have made their final contract offer to Spanish midfielder Juan Mata, a one-year deal with the option of an additional year, and are hopeful the 31-year-old will stay at Old Trafford. (Manchester Evening News)

Fulham left-sided player Ryan Sessegnon, 18, has set his sights on joining Tottenham this summer. (Mail)

Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 21, insists he will be at the club next season despite interest from Manchester United. (London Evening Standard)

Manchester City's Brazil defender Danilo, 27, has agreed a "four to five year" contract at Inter Milan worth 3.5m euros per year. (Gazetta dello Sport, via Manchester Evening News)

Ajax's Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt, 19, is "still interested" in another club amid talk of a summer switch to Barcelona. (Mirror)

Atletico Madrid have made contact with Manchester City's Nicolas Otamendi over a move for the 31-year-old Argentine defender. (AS)

Manchester United are vying with Juventus to sign Benfica's Portugal international defender Ruben Dias, 21. (Record, via Manchester Evening News)

Arsenal have added Getafe defender Djene to their list of summer transfer targets. (Marca, via Mirror)

West Ham are set to offload up to nine players this summer, including English striker Andy Carroll, Mexico forward Javier Hernandez and Spain striker Lucas Perez, who are all 30. French midfielder Samir Nasri, 31, is also set to leave the Hammers. (Express)

Qatar is reconsidering its commitment to Paris St-Germain after the club's failure to make any significant progress in the Champions League and defeat in the Coupe de France final. (Le Parisien, via AS)

Crystal Palace and Burnley could move for Cardiff's former England under-20 winger Josh Murphy, 24, should the Bluebirds get relegated from the Premier League. (Football Insider, via Wales Online)

Everton boss Marco Silva has praised the attitude of Senegal international midfielder Idrisa Gueye, 29, who was denied a move to Paris St-Germain in January. (Liverpool Echo)

Silva remains hopeful that Everton can sign on-loan Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes, 25, on a permanent basis. Tottenham are also interested in the Portugal international, who is valued at £30m. (Times - subscription required)

Liverpool winger Ryan Kent, 22, on loan this season at Rangers, has confirmed his desire to leave Anfield, with the Scottish side keen to sign him on a permanent basis. (Express)

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has no interest in selling the club despite fresh speculation linking Britain's richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, with a takeover. (ESPN)

Chile international Guillermo Maripan, 24, a target for West Ham, will not be sold by Alaves this summer. (AS, via Inside Futbol)

Former Everton, Manchester United and West Ham boss David Moyes would favour a return to club football over an international job, amid links with the managerial roles at Scotland and Celtic. (Talksport)

Arsenal scouts have been alerted to under-17 striker Yad Lochereau from French amateur club FC Lyon, who due to some unexplained registration issues, is only able to turn out for the Under-15 side. (Foot Mercato, via Sun)

Liverpool fans have started an online petition to try to get Barcelona forward Lionel Messi banned for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final for allegedly punching Reds midfielder Fabinho. (Mirror)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told his players to report to the club's training ground on the Monday following the end of the season to have a debrief about the campaign. (Sun)

Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has aimed a thinly-veiled dig at the club's former players Gary Neville and Paul Scholes for their failed stints in management. (Mail)

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Ben Fisher

This summer is going to be a big one for Matthijs de Ligt. And not just because the Netherlands defender could have Champions League and Nations League titles in the bag, as well as an Eredivisie title to his name, in six weeks’ time. The 19-year-old Ajax captain will require some well-earned R&R regardless of what happens between now and the end of the season, but he could do with allocating some time to wade through the imminent love letters from across the continent. Bayern Munich are determined to beat Barcelona to his signature, while Manchester United, Liverpool and Juventus are also said to be big admirers too.

If Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s planned overhaul has got off to a bad start then news from the horse’s mouth that Aaron Wan-Bissaka has no intentions of swapping Selhurst Park for Old Trafford anytime soon hardly softens the blow. To make matters worse, Juan Mata is umming and aahing over their latest contract offer. The midfielder has entered the final two months of his existing contract and United have offered him a one-year deal with the option of an additional year. Alexis Sánchez is in an altogether different position, with United trying to shove him out of the rear exit. They are even debating paying up some of his £500,000-a-week wages to help him find a new home. It is not all doom and gloom though, for United are battling it out with Juve for the 21-year-old Benfica and Portugal defender Rúben Dias.

Perhaps Manchester City are dreaming up a move for a shiny new centre-back too, with Nicolás Otamendi and Danilo possibly heading out of the door. The former is wanted by Atlético Madrid, while the Brazil defender has, according to reports in Italy, agreed a long-term contract at Internazionale. Meanwhile, Arsenal believe they have finally identified the man to solve their defensive woes: Djene Dakonam, the Getafe defender. A £30m deal could pave the way for the departure of Shkodran Mustafi.

Tottenham are confident they are at the front of the queue for the Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon, though the relegated side could ask Daniel Levy to stump up a record fee in excess of the £42m they paid for Davinson Sánchez. Sessegnon, who turns 19 later this month, has also courted interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus but is keen to stay in England. Spurs could also plump for Diogo Queirós, the Porto defender, Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, Barcelona’s André Gomes and Nice right-back Youcef Atal, with Mauricio Pochettino determined to keep Mr Levy busy.

Elsewhere, Jean Michaël Seri wants to swap cold Tuesday nights in Barnsley with Fulham for sunny evenings on the Côte d’Azur with Monaco, West Ham want Alavés defender Guillermo Maripán, while the Liverpool winger Ryan Kent is keen to make his Rangers stay permanent. And, if Cardiff are relegated, Crystal Palace and Burnley are primed to offer Josh Murphy a route back into the Premier League.

Inside Futbol

West Ham Could Hit Brick Wall With Interest In La Liga Star

West Ham United could be set to hit a brick wall in their interest in Guillermo Maripan as Alaves have no plans to sell the centre-back.

The Hammers are pushing forward with their transfer plans and boss Manuel Pellegrini has zeroed in on countryman Maripan.

Maripan, 24, has been impressive for Alaves over the course of the current campaign, making his mark in La Liga after switching to the Spanish side on a four-year contract in 2017.

The Chile international is an attractive target for West Ham, but according to Spanish daily AS, there is little sign of Alaves being willing to sell.

The Spanish side have the defender under contract for another two years and are yet to be convinced over letting him leave.

As such, West Ham look to have significant work ahead if they are to take the Chilean to the London Stadium in the summer transfer window.

Maripan has now clocked a total of 42 appearances in the Spanish top flight, while he has 13 caps for Chile to his name.
The defender has missed games of late for Alaves due to an ankle injury.


West Ham launch £9.5m bid for Alaves centre back Guillermo Maripan as boss Manuel Pellegrini plots squad overhaul

West Ham have stepped up interest in Alaves centre-back Guillermo Maripan
The 6ft 4ins Chilean centre-back has a buy out clause of £21million
West Ham are offering around £9.5m for the 26-year-old defender
Manager Manuel Pellegrini also wants Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic

By Simon Jones

West Ham have stepped up interest in Alaves centre-back Guillermo Maripan.

The 6ft 4ins Chilean centre-back has a buy out clause of £21million but West Ham are offering around £9.5m for the 26-year-old.

The Hammers are hopeful of concluding a deal, though are aware interest still exists from Serie A giants Roma.

The Italians have held talks in recent weeks with Alaves and are understood to have moved into pole position for the signing.

Maripan has 13 international caps and is a ball-playing centre back who has been likened in style to Barcelona's Gerard Pique.

He has been a key figure during a successful season for Alaves who are currently pushing for European qualification.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini also wants Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic and will offload a number of players including Andy Carroll, Adrian, Lucas Perez, Reece Oxford, Sam Byram, Jordan Hugill and Javier Hernandez who is wanted by Valencia.

Meanwhile, striker Andy Carroll has undergone a second ankle operation sparking concerns he could be out of action for six months.

Carroll underwent an original surgery at the start of April, news exclusively revealed by Sportsmail - a procedure that effectively ended his Hammers career, with his current deal due to expire at the end of the season.

But Carroll has now gone under the knife for a second time in a bid to cure his long standing ankle problem.

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Mex Martillo 9:05 Sat May 4
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Yes Ogbonna is good backup, worth keeping
I’m surprised, but pleased Masuaku is not on the list. However, new left and right backs would be good.
We could do with the transfer fred, no?
Thanks Alan

jack flash 7:43 Fri May 3
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Cheers Alan

I would add Cresswell to that list as we could probably get a decent price for him & we definitely need a top LB which is where most of our conceded goals are coming from

Fifth Column 5:59 Fri May 3
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Ogbonna is a decent reserve.

The only person on the list below I'd have a concern about leaving would be Chicharito but as long as we bring someone else in to replace him then fine.

Texas Iron 5:25 Fri May 3
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White Pony 3:48 Fri May 3
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Apparently these are all being binned:


White Pony 3:41 Fri May 3
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Read a long list of players in the paper this morning that we are apparently getting shot of.

Sadly, Dog's Dinner was NOT on that list.

Eerie Descent 3:13 Fri May 3
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I would say we need 2 centre backs, 1 to challenge Diop and Balbuena, and another as back up.

DOGbonna should be shipped out if possible.

Fivetide 1:42 Fri May 3
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Darby_ 11:58 Fri May 3
Do we need a centreback?

I think we probably need another centre back, a couple of fullbacks, a creative midfielder, a centre mid, and a couple of strikers. For starters...

bill green 12:12 Fri May 3
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poor AC wont even be able to jog round the pitch to say goodbye

thanks Alan

Eerie Descent 12:05 Fri May 3
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No, DOGbonna is amazing.

Darby_ 11:58 Fri May 3
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Do we need a centreback?

Thanks Alan 11:23 Fri May 3
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Thanks Alan

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