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Alan 12:01 Mon May 6
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Tottenham have already begun planning for life without Denmark international midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27, and are likely to pursue Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek, 22, who has also been linked with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. (Mirror)

Barcelona have set their sights on a £70m summer move for Arsenal and France striker Alexandre Lacazette, 27. (Express)

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has called on the Blues hierarchy to make 31-year-old Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain's loan move from Juventus permanent in order to improve the team. (Goal.com)

Former England forward Danny Welbeck, 28, will not be offered a new contract by Arsenal and will be available on a free transfer this summer. (Sky Sports)

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane may allow Luka Modric to leave after becoming concerned by the 33-year-old Croat's form. (AS)

Manchester City's players stand to share a bonus pool of more than £15m if they win an unprecedented domestic treble. (Telegraph)

The majority of Manchester United players will lose a quarter of their wages as a result of not qualifying for the Champions League. (Mail)

Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Napoli are interested in signing PSV's Hirving Lozano, 23, and Tottenham's 28-year-old full-back Kieran Trippier. (Goal)

Wolves have made AC Milan striker Andre Silva and Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson their top transfer targets this summer. (Birmingham Mail)

West Brom's Venezuela international striker Salomon Rondon, 29, on loan at Newcastle, has told the Magpies to forget his age and buy him - comparing himself to a fine wine. (Mirror)

Newcastle are tracking Young Boys and Swiss international left-back Benito, 27. (Sun)

Manchester City may use out-of-favour Colombian forward Marlos Moreno, 22, on loan at Santos Laguna, as part of a deal for Sporting's Portugal international midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 24. (Sport Witness, via Manchester Evening News)

Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin, 22, a target for Arsenal, is open to a move to AC Milan, after an opportunity to join the Italians in the January window fell through. (Calciomercato)

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray has distanced himself from reports linking his club with a move for Burnley's former England goalkeeper Joe Hart, 32. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has been urged to stay at the club by players and retains the backing of directors despite relegation from the Premier League. (Telegraph)

Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma, on loan this season at Everton, is expected to return to Stamford Bridge for the start of pre-season, though the Toffees want to sign the 24-year-old France international on a permanent deal. (Liverpool Echo)

Chelsea captain Gary Cahill, 33, the former England defender, has launched a stinging attack on Maurizio Sarri, saying he struggles to show any respect for the manager who has sidelined him at Stamford Bridge. (ESPN)

Everton are prepared to make a goalkeeping restructure this summer featuring Jordan Pickford, Maarten Stekelenburg and Joao Virginia. (Liverpool Echo)

Celtic have offered former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, 56, the opportunity to manage the club next season. (Sky Sports Italia, via Express)

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Still picking shrapnel from the blue and white striped kitchen sink complete with seagull insignia that Brighton threw at them on Sunday, Arsenal may have to put their disappointment at failing to finish in the top four behind them and brace themselves for an audacious £70m bid for Alexandre Lacazette from Barcelona, according to the Express. With 18 goals to his name this season, the striker cut a forlorn figure as Arsenal’s players endured their post-match lap of disgruntlement at the Emirates and the Spanish champions are understood to have identified him or his compatriot Antoine Griezmann as the men to provide them with a little extra cutting edge.

Apparently resigned to losing their diminutive Danish dynamo Christian Eriksen this summer, Tottenham Hotspur got an opportunity to admire Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek from close – but perhaps not as close as they might have liked – quarters in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final. The 22-year-old has been hugely influential in his side’s unexpected European success this season and has been identified as a potential target for Spurs, who will be hoping the midfielder flunks his next audition but will have to fend off interest from Real Madrid and Bayern Munich regardless. Still chasing a treble, Ajax are top of the Eredivisie, thrashed Willem II in the Dutch Cup final on Sunday and lead Tottenham 1-0 going into the second leg of this week’s Champions League semi-final.

Both Arsenal and West Ham are keeping tabs on Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin, who is also wanted by Milan. Valued at £11m when West Ham attempted to lure him to the London Stadium a year ago, the 22-year-old’s value has apparently increased almost five-fold. On loan from West Brom, Salomon Róndón has established himself as firm fan favourite at Newcastle this season and gave Liverpool’s defence a torrid time on Saturday night. The 29-year-old Venezuelan has now called on the Tyneside club to make his loan signing permanent, despite Mike Ashley’s reluctance to sign players aged over 25. Róndón compared himself to a fine wine.

“Better with age?” asked Róndón “For me, yes. It’s like a wine! I try to be healthy all the time. I am getting older so I have to work more than the young players. I have to work really hard and do my best.”

Chelsea employ a similar policy, but that hasn’t stopped Maurizio Sarri calling on the club’s top brass to sign Gonzalo Higuaín, 31, on a full-time basis. On loan from Juventus, the Argentinian has made a slow start to life at Stamford Bridge.

And finally, loveable Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is expected to leave Old Trafford this summer, but reports linking him with a move to Athletic Bilbao have been roundly rubbished and ridiculed because the La Liga side have a strict policy of only signing players from the Basque region and the 31-year-old doesn’t qualify. Brighton, who are not as fussy, are rumoured to have offered Mata a two-year deal that may well pique his interest.


Jack Wilshere to CANCEL summer after West Ham debut season wrecked by injuries

West Ham's Jack Wilshere will hit the gym rather than the beach this summer to try to finally put years of injuries behind him

By Ian Baker

Jack Wilshere will spend the summer working out not chilling out in a bid to finally end his injury hell.

The midfielder has been persistently crocked over the last five years and has made just four starts for West Ham since moving from Arsenal on a Bosman last summer. But Wilshere made substitute appearances in the Hammers' final two home games following his latest ankle setback and is ready for a few months of hard graft in an attempt to get his career back on track.

The 27-year-old came on for the last quarter of Saturday's 3-0 stroll past Southampton and said: “I’m not naive enough to think that is the end of my injury problems. I will do everything I can to avoid them with strength and rehab work.

“I’ve worked so hard to get to this point. It’s a big off-season for me ­because I’m now quite fit and I don’t want to go away and come back and start again. So it will be a summer of work.

“When I’ve been injured I’ve always been thinking about there being someone in a worse ­position. So I’ve just tried to get on with it and carry on smiling. I’m feeling good again.”

Wilshere has not played for England since 2016 — but an international future is the last thing on his mind.

“I need to concentrate on myself and my team and get back to playing for West Ham,” he said. “I’m just concentrating on ­myself and what I can bring to this team first. I’ve not spoken to Gareth Southgate.”

Saturday was as straightforward a day as they come for West Ham — and at last a good one for Marko Arnautovic. The Austrian has been booed by Hammers fans since a failed move to China in January. But there were cheers again as he scored his first goal since that saga – from Mark Noble’s 16th-minute through-ball – then added a 69th-minute header before Ryan Fredericks’ fine goal three minutes later.

Wilshere said: “Marko is a top player. I’ve played with a lot of decent strikers and he’s got a bit of all of them in there.

"He’s quick, he’s strong, and he has confidence. We hope we can keep him over the summer and get even more out of him as he’s a big player for this team. He can help us get into Europe next season.”

For boss Manuel Pellegrini there is much uncertainty as he looks ahead to his second season with West Ham — especially over transfer plans this summer.

“There will be difficult decisions,” said the Chilean, who lost his first four league games in charge but can deliver a top-half finish with an away win over Watford in Sunday's season finale.

“It is more difficult because every day the players cost more. You cannot compete with Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal.”


The world's most-valuable players under 20: Guendouzi takes second spot with a £60m value as Rice features in the top 10… but who comes out on top?

Matteo Guendouzi's value has risen from the £7m Arsenal paid for him last year
Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho tops the list with a transfer value of £128m
Declan Rice has also earned a place in the top 10 with a value of £54m

By Amitai Winehouse

Jadon Sancho has been named as the most valuable player under the age of 20 in Europe, according to a new study.

The Borussia Dortmund winger, who is a target for Manchester United for the summer transfer window, has been given a value of £128million by the CIES Football Observatory.

That is a huge £120m rise on the price Dortmund paid to sign him from Manchester City in summer 2017.

Sancho is followed by a slightly surprising name in second place on the list, although there is a £68m gap between both.

Matteo Guendouzi, who cost Arsenal just £7m to sign in the summer, is now apparently worth £60m.

That represents a £53m leap in value for the 20-year-old defensive midfielder after a season in which he has featured 31 times for Arsenal in the Premier League.

Winger Sancho has also been joined in the top 10 by two other England-linked players on the list.

Declan Rice, who has had a breakthrough campaign at West Ham, is worth £54m and sits in fifth place in the table.

Ryan Sessegnon, who has struggled alongside his club Fulham in the Premier League this campaign, rounds off the top 10. He has been valued at £37m.

Spurs are interested in the left-back, who has one year left on his deal, with a £35m transfer mooted for the summer.

The other players in the top 10 include Roma's Nicolo Zaniolo, Kai Havertz, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Vinicius Junior, Justin Kluivert and Evan N'Dicka.

Dwight McNeil (£24m) of Burnley might be a surprise name in 15th place, although the winger has had an excellent second half of the season.

Phil Foden (£18m) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (£17m) have also earned places in the top 20.

Other British players to get into the top 50 include Eddie Nketiah, Ethan Ampadu, Yan Valery, Ben Woodburn, Morgan Gibbs-White, Oliver Skipp and Joe Willock.

Diogo Dalot, who plays for Manchester United, was 13th, while Southampton's Yan Valery took 38th place.


1. Jadon Sancho - £128m

2. Matteo Guendouzi - £60m

3. Nicolo Zaniolo - £57m

4. Kai Havertz - £55m

5. Declan Rice - £54m

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Texas Iron 8:22 Mon May 6
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Could do with a fit...available Wilshere...
At least 30 games season would be good...
Ankles are his weakness...

ted fenton 2:13 Mon May 6
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:01 Mon May 6

Alan 1:45 Mon May 6
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Declan Rice-related article added.

Darby_ 12:39 Mon May 6
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Obrigado, Alan.

gph 12:27 Mon May 6
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan

Thanks Alan 12:01 Mon May 6
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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