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Alan 1:46 Wed May 29
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid believe they have agreed a £115m deal with Chelsea to buy 28-year-old Belgium forward Eden Hazard. (Sun)

Manchester United and Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku, 26, is willing to take a pay cut in order to secure a move to Inter Milan this summer. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has set his club a deadline of next year to sell unwanted players as part of his rebuild at Old Trafford. (Manchester Evening News)

Spanish champions Barcelona have decided to stick with Ernesto Valverde as boss for next season despite reports he was facing the sack. (Marca)

Barca have offered 26-year-old Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho or France forward Ousmane Dembele, 22, to Paris St-Germain in a part exchange deal for Brazil striker Neymar, 27. (Record)

Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has signed a deal to become Inter Milan boss to 2022 - five years after the Italian last managed in Serie A. (Tuttomercatoweb - in Italian)

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, 30, expects to still be a Spursplayer next season despite reported interest from Manchester United in the Belgium international. (Mail)

Atletico Madrid have chosen Paris St-Germain's Uruguay international Edinson Cavani, 32, as their replacement for 30-year-old Spain striker Diego Costa. (Cadena Ser - in French)

Newcastle United have contacted Benfica over a move for Greece goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos, 25, and are believed to have been quoted £13.2m. (O Jogo - in Portuguese)

Chelsea will consider bringing forward their long-term plan of appointing Frank Lampard as manager if Maurizio Sarri returns to Italy in the summer. Former Blues and England midfielder Lampard guided Derby to the Championship play-off final in his first year in charge. (Mail)

Liverpool and Wales winger Harry Wilson, 22, has decided to leave Anfield in pursuit of regular first-team football after a loan spell at Derby. Wilson is wanted by clubs from the Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga. (Mirror)

Crystal Palace, Newcastle, Southampton and Brighton are in the race to sign Wilson. (Star)

Bournemouth want to sign Liverpool's Simon Mignolet, 31, after the Belgium goalkeeper fell down the pecking order at Anfield. (Sun)

Eintracht Frankfurt's Serbia striker Luka Jovic, 21, is unlikely to return to the Bundesliga club after clearing his locker before the European Under-21 Championships. (Bild - in German, subscription required)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery wants to sign 27-year-old Belgium full-back Thomas Meunier from former club Paris St-Germain. (France Football)

Barcelona want to sign Wolfsburg's French left-back Jerome Roussillon, after the 26-year-old came to the attention of scouts monitoring Belgian goalkeeper Koen Casteels, 26. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Tottenham's England right-back Kieran Trippier, 28, has been ruled out of a move to Napoli after Serie A side switched their targets to younger players. (Sun)

Aston Villa will begin their preparations for the Premier League by bidding £10m for Nottingham Forest's 26-year-old English forward Joe Lolley. (Mail)

But Villa chief executive Christian Purslow says English midfielder Jack Grealish is not for sale despite expected interest in the 23-year-old. (Express & Star)

Defender Harry Maguire, 26, has encouraged team-mate and fellow Englishman James Maddison to stay at Leicester City next season. The 22-year-old midfielder has been linked with a move to Tottenham. (Leicester Mercury)

Former player Gary Neville has endorsed Manchester United's pursuit of Crystal Palace's 21-year-old England right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka. (London Evening Standard)

Meanwhile, former Arsenal defender Lauren has told his old club to beat United to the signing of Saint-Etienne's French defender William Saliba, 18. (Star)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Simon Burnton

Tottenham have made a £53m bid for the Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, whose impressive loan move to Andalucía from Paris Saint-Germain – with headline figures of 16 goals and six assists in 46 games in their midfield this season – was made permanent only last month. The Sevilla side have instantly rejected this meagre offer, and insist that his €100m (£88m) release clause must be met – which given that he was signed on 16 April for a mere €22m would land them a tidy €78m profit. According to our calculations should such a deal be concluded today Lo Celso would have made Betis around €1,231 for every minute they owned him. Spurs, meanwhile, will let Kieran Trippier leave for £30m and “Everton, Manchester United and Napoli are monitoring his situation”, according to the Mail, though the Sun insists he “will miss out on a summer move to Napoli” because the Italian club are “looking for a younger right-back”. Trippier is 28.

In further profit-making news Bournemouth are interested in Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet, according to the Sun, which says that “the Reds are willing to let him go for £15m”. The phrase “willing to let him go” seems absurdly grudging in relation to a player who is six years older and in no way better than when Liverpool signed him in 2013, who played two games this season and lost them both and whose over-extended contract would otherwise be a drain on the club’s finances until 2021. The only surprising thing about this story is the fact that Mignolet’s performances over the six years since he arrived at Anfield have led someone in a position of responsibility to conclude that he is now worth £6m more than he was then.

The Times, however, insists that Eddie Howe will instead put together a £30m deal for Stoke’s Jack Butland, which will see Asmir Begovic head the other way. The Cherries are expecting a call from Aston Villa about Tyrone Mings, who has been on loan at Villa Park, would cost about £15m and “was spotted at Bournemouth station yesterday still wearing his Villa kit and with his play-off medal around his neck”, according to the Times. Villa have also put £10m aside for Nottingham Forest’s Joe Lolley as they ramp up preparations for their Premier League return.

Paul Pogba will take a €3m-a-year pay cut to get away from Manchester United and move instead to Real Madrid, according to veteran journalist Eduardo Inda on his Spanish TV programme, El Chiringuito de Jugones. Apparently the deal is “practically done” and will be announced shortly after Real’s other practically done deal, for Eden Hazard.

Just last summer the Mill was full of tales of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Lazio’s Serb midfielder, but everything has fallen very quiet in Milinkovic-Savicworld over the past 10 months or so. Happily, he’s back! Today’s Gazzetta dello Sport says he could be off to Juventus for a tidy €60m. Staying in the same city, TuttoSport insists that Torino’s top summer transfer target is the Watford wideman Roberto Pereyra, who could thus be reunited with the former Watford manager Walter Mazzarri, now in the Turin dugout.

And finally, Harry Wilson’s decision to follow his season on loan at Derby with a permanent move away from Liverpool has caused “interest from the Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga”, according to the Mirror, with Crystal Palace apparently identifying him as “a possible replacement for Wilfried Zaha”.


Declan Rice’s focus ‘fully on West Ham’ despite Manchester United rumours

• Midfielder says he is ‘not thinking about anything else’
• ‘The West Ham fans love me and I love them’

Declan Rice at England’s St George’s Park training base where he has been one of the early arrivals in the run-up to the Nations League finals. Photograph: Paul Currie/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock

Paul MacInnes

Declan Rice has dismissed rumours of a move away from West Ham as the midfielder prepares for the Nations League finals with England.

Rice has been linked with Manchester United since he broke into the first team last season. But the 20-year-old says he is content at West Ham, citing a special relationship with the fans.

“I know that there’s speculation but I signed a five-year contract with West Ham during the season,” Rice said. “So my focus is fully on playing for West Ham. I’ve got a great connection with the fans; the fans love me and I love them and that’s the way it is at the moment. I’m not thinking about anything else, for sure.”

Rice was one of the early arrivals at St George’s Park as England prepare for the chance to claim a first piece of silverware since Le Tournoi in 1997. With players from Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs still performing club duties, the group remains below full strength. Only 17 of the 25 players are on-site. Rice, however, has been part of the camp for more than a week and on Tuesday took part in his first training match, playing Aidy Boothroyd’s under-21 side in a match the seniors won 5-0.

Next Thursday the action begins for real when England face the Netherlands in Guimarães. Rice says he can learn a lot from coming up against some of the Ajax tyros who excelled in the Champions League this season. In particular Frenkie de Jong, who is joining Barcelona this summer, is someone whose career Rice would like to emulate.

“Yes, definitely, I want that,” Rice said. “He’s a top player and I think you’ve seen that in the Champions League. When you start out in football you always want to play at the top. You want to play in the Champions League. If you were in football and you didn’t want to do that there would be no point playing. De Jong has got his move to Barcelona and it’s fully deserved. It would be great to come up against him in the Nations League.”

With a final against Portugal or Switzerland if England beat the Netherlands, the prospect of a trophy is real. But so is the possibility of disappointment for the second year in a row. Rice is adamant that winning the Nations League is vital if England want to continue their recent development.

‘I think it’s massive. It’s really important,” he said. “We’ve got ourselves into the semi-final. We’ve got a massive chance now to create history. With the squad Gareth has put together, with the players that we have, for sure we’ve got to be looking at the Nations League and winning it. It would stand us in good stead for the future and the Euros next year and the World Cup after that.”

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

ted fenton 9:33 Wed May 29
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The Stoat 2:29 Wed May 29

Mex Martillo 7:28 Wed May 29
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Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 2:48 Wed May 29
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15million for Mignolet...Taking the Piss...
So ...how much Fabianski...???

Takashi Miike 2:45 Wed May 29
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Thanks Alan

Takashi Miike 2:45 Wed May 29
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the owners ambition will make his mind up. I think he'll be gone after next season as a few in his position will be retiring at city & liverpool

Grumpster 2:40 Wed May 29
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Won't begrudge Rice his deserved moment in the sun when he finally moves on, as nothing wrong with having ambition and our owners unfortunately have none.

Top lad and his parents have brought him up well.

Oxford the prime suspect of when parents get involved in something they know nothing about purely out of greed.

Alwaysaniron 2:38 Wed May 29
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What a genuinely likable young man Rice is. Well balanced and articulate as well. I am sure he'll be with us for a couple of seasons yet before Man City or Real Madrid step in. Can't imagine him going to the others if I'm honest.

Thanks Alan

The Stoat 2:29 Wed May 29
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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