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Alan 11:54 Thu May 9
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Brazil forward Philippe Coutinho, 26, is "not a Barcelona player" and will be the first casualty of their Champions League semi-final defeat by Liverpool. The club's board are also set to meet to decide head coach Ernesto Valverde's future. (ESPN)

Chelsea's transfer ban is "very bad news" for Belgium attacker Eden Hazard's proposed transfer to Real Madrid and could scupper the 28-year-old's move to Spain. (AS)

Chelsea have yet to hold fresh contract talks with England winger Callum Hudson-Odoi and face a dilemma over whether to sell the 18-year-old this summer or risk losing him for nothing when his current deal expires in the summer of 2020. (Mail)

Juventus and their coach Massimiliano Allegri are to part company after five seasons and five league titles. Former Juve manager and player Antonio Conte has been linked with a return. (La Stampa - in Italian)

Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, may not be able to move back to Juventus this summer because his agent, Mino Raiola, has been banned from practising as a football agent in Italy until 9 August. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Express)

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera, 29, is to join Paris St-Germain on a free transfer this summer, with the Spaniard agreeing a £160,000-a-week deal with the French champions. (Mirror)

Wales forward Gareth Bale, 29, wants to stay at Real Madrid but he does not have the full backing of manager Zinedine Zidane. (Sky Sports)

Real Madrid are ready to freeze Bale out of the first team and make him train with the under-23s unless he finds a new club. (Sun)

There will be a replica Premier League trophy at Liverpool's Anfield ground on the final day of the season on Sunday, while the actual trophy will be at the Amex Stadium where leaders Manchester City face Brighton. (Times - subscription required)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery wants to offload five senior players this summer, including German playmaker Mesut Ozil, 30, and Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 30. (Sun)

Liverpool are considering offering a new contract to 24-year-old Belgium striker Divock Origi, who scored two goals in the second leg of the 4-0 Champions League semi-final win over Barcelona. (Star)

Liverpool told their ball boys to be faster returning the ball before the game against Barcelona and it paid dividends as the ball was quickly returned to play for the side's fourth goal against the Spanish side. (Times - subscription required)

Manchester City will sign Benfica's Portuguese forward Joao Felix, 19, if they can offload 22-year-old Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus. (A Bola - in Portuguese)

Southampton are planning a £30m move for Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, although the 24-year-old Serbia international is also attracting interest from West Ham and clubs in China. (Express)

Some Bayern Munich players are dissatisfied with the development of the team under coach Niko Kovac. (Bild - in German)

Newcastle United have targeted Swansea's Welsh winger Daniel James, 21, as the Tyneside club's Spanish forward Ayoze Perez, 25, weighs up a move to Italy. (Mirror)

Alexis Sanchez's agent has been talking to Inter Milan about the 30-year-old Chile forward's possible move to the club from Manchester United. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Rangers are closing in on a deal for Rennes' 30-year-old Mozambique defender Mexer to bring him to Ibrox this summer. (Herald Scotland)

Welsh forward Ched Evans, 30, will reassess his future this summer after he was placed on the transfer list by newly promoted Sheffield United - having spent the season on loan at Fleetwood Town. (Fleetwood Today)

Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech, 36, accepted his Arsenal career was over "months ago". (Evening Standard)

Everton face more competition to make Andre Gomes' switch from Barcelona permanent with Arsenal joining Roma and Inter Milan in the hunt for the Portugal midfielder, 25. (Sun)

Ajax's 19-year-old captain and defender Matthijs de Ligt has turned down the chance to join Manchester United this summer. (Mail)

Inter Miami - the Major League Soccer team part-owned by David Beckham - plan to start signing players this summer and will appoint their first coach later this year. (Fox Sports)




Guardian Rumour Mill

John Brewin

Divock Origi’s reward for the two goals that helped slay Barcelona is set to be a spanking new two-year Liverpool contract. Not bad for someone who was fighting against relegation last season while on loan at Wolfsburg.

Mauricio Pochettino’s reward for the miracle of Amsterdam is for Tottenham to be actually linked with buying new players. Freiburg defender Robin Koch is seen as a long-term replacement for Toby Alderweireld, whose future remains uncertain.

The Champions League madness of this week has been shifting sands all over the place. Philippe Coutinho will be made available to any takers by Barcelona as leading scapegoat for that embarrassment at Anfield, and for a much reduced price than the £142m deal he cost Barça last January. Elsewhere in Barcelona scapegoat news, their coach, Ernesto Valverde, will pay the price of waltzing to two titles while being on the end of improbable Champions League comebacks by Roma and Liverpool in consecutive years. Another coach for the off is Massimiliano Allegri, set to leave Juventus this summer with Antonio Conte waiting in the wings for an emotional return to the Old Lady.

Matthijs de Ligt cried salt tears on Wednesday as Ajax felt the full force of Lucas Moura, and he can compare notes with Lionel Messi on semi-final sobbing when he heads to Barcelona this summer. De Ligt’s grief is not so deep that he would consider becoming a Manchester United player. He has turned down the chance to be guided by Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s wheel. Another turning his nose up at Ole is Ander Herrera, whose free-transfer move to Paris Saint-Germain is set to be confirmed soon.

And with Paul Pogba and David de Gea to be sold, Solskjær and Ed Woodward are set for a £330m trolley dash over the summer. There will also be an attempt to get Alexis Sánchez off the wage bill, with Internazionale a potential destination, careful and persuasive negotiations permitting. As for Romelu Lukaku, he and Solskjær are set for showdown talks on the striker’s future. Anthony Martial, though, is staying on.

Elsewhere, Chelsea’s transfer ban is causing ructions, and it is being speculated in Spain that Eden Hazard’s long-trailed move to Real Madrid has been scuppered by Fifa’s litigators. Whatever happens there, Gareth Bale is surplus to requirements, even if he keeps saying he wants to stay and fight for his place, especially if Zinedine Zidane carries out his plan of making the Welshman train with the kids.

Callum Hudson-Odoi, for whom any potential move is delayed by his snapped achilles tendon, is another Chelsea player whose future remains up in the air. Do the Blues cash in this summer, or try and tie the teenager to another deal? He will be available on a free from next summer.

Unai Emery has seen quite enough of Mesut Özil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan at Arsenal. With both indolent playmakers having passed their 30th birthdays, Emery wants younger, more vital blood in his team. And one of those players is André Gomes, who Everton want to sign on a permanent basis, having enjoyed having him on loan from Barcelona.

Talking of which, Aston Villa have joined the race to sign ‘the new Mesut Özil’, Mainz 05’s Erkan Eyibil, who is still just 17.






FFC

West Ham find sense as they baulk at Bradley Dack’s asking price

by Harry Sherlock

West Ham United have been scared off a move for Blackburn Rovers midfielder Bradley Dack, per the Daily Mail.

What’s the word?

Dack has emerged as one of the finest players outside of the Premier League this season.

In 45 appearances in all competitions this term, the 25-year-old has scored 18 goals and laid on 10 assists from an attacking midfield position.

The Mail claim that a number of clubs have made enquiries for the former Gillingham star, with Rovers holding out for around £18million.

Both West Ham and Crystal Palace are said to have run the rule over Dack but each believe that the price is too high for a player who has yet to have his mettle tested in the top-flight.

Nevertheless, Rovers are said to be scouting replacements to prepare for the eventuality of his departure.

Finally, a strategy!

For too long, West Ham have blundered in the transfer market, lurching from one disaster to the next.

Now, though, it seems they are finally learning from their past mistakes.

Dack is an excellent footballer but he may have found his level in the Championship and to pay £18m for him would smack of a punt, something co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan used to be known for.

Now, though, they are shying away from paying up and they are absolutely within their rights to do so.

They are driving a hard bargain at last as they look to secure their targets this summer.

That alone should encourage Hammers fans.




This is Futbol

West Ham could unearth gem by signing Gueye

by: David Wright

West Ham are reportedly interested in signing Le Havre midfielder Pape Gueye in the summer transfer window and it appears as though director of football Mario Husillos could unearth a gem if the snaps up the 20-year-old.



According to French newspaper L’Equipe, Leicester, Watford and teams from Ligue 1 are also in pursuit of Gueye, who has started to become a regular first team player for Ligue 2 side Le Havre this season.

The France Under-19 international has made 11 appearances in all competitions for this season, with the bulk of those coming in the last few weeks as he has started six out of the Normandy club’s last seven Ligue 2 fixtures.

Gueye appears to be a player with a lot of potential and one that West Ham should definitely push the boat out to lure to the London Stadium in the summer transfer window.

It is understood that the defensive midfielder will enter the final year of his contract at the end of the season and Le Havre are determined to agree fresh terms with him in a bid to fend off interested clubs like the Hammers.

However a player from the French second-tier should not be too hard to convince to join a Premier League club and Le Havre may want to cash in while they can, so it does seem as though he could be on the move this summer.

Leicester’s interest in Gueye is particularly interesting because they have a great recent history of signing players from France.

N’Golo Kante joined the Foxes despite being relatively unknown in England while he played for Boulogne and Caen and Riyad Mahrez arrived at the King Power from Le Havre in 2014.

Le Havre have also seen the likes of Paul Pogba, Benjamin Mendy, Steve Mandanda, Lassana Diarra and ex-West Ham star Dimitri Payet spent a lot of their football education on their books and Gueye could be the next name to add to that star-studded list of names.

Husillos could really be on to a winner here if the Hammers sign Gueye in the summer.






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Billy Blagg 1:55 Fri May 10
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Thanks Alan 12:27 Thu May 9

Texas Iron 1:49 Thu May 9
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Cheers...

Thanks Alan 12:27 Thu May 9
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ted fenton 12:22 Thu May 9

ted fenton 12:22 Thu May 9
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147man 11:56 Thu May 9

147man 11:56 Thu May 9
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Thanks Alan





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