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Q: Manuel Pellegrini - What should we do
a. A good man & a good coach we should stick with him
b. A busted flush & he's outstayed his welcome, time to go
c. What difference does it really make who's in charge while the current owners are still in control

Alan 11:27 Mon Jun 17
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United could sign Barcelona's Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 31, and Brazil forward Philippe Coutinho if 26-year-old France international Paul Pogba leaves the club. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Coutinho, 27, is open to joining Chelsea. (Express)

England defender Gary Cahill, 33, is wanted by former boss Antonio Conte at Inter Milan after leaving Chelsea. (Sport Mediaset - in Italian)

Paris St-Germain are willing to sell Brazil forward Neymar, 27. (L'Equipe - in French)

Alternatively, PSG will block any transfer for Neymar. (RMC Sport - in Spanish)

Real Madrid and Wales winger Gareth Bale, 29, is wanted on a season-long loan by German champions Bayern Munich. (Sun)

Lyon's French midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, 22, has suggested he would be open to a move to Tottenham. (Telefoot - in French)

Manchester United want PSV Eindhoven and Netherlands right-back Denzel Dumfries, 23. (Sun)

Liverpool have entered the race to sign Besiktas' 23-year-old Turkish midfielder Dorukhan Tokoz, with Udinese having already had a bid turned down. (Fotomac - in Turkish)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola wants to bring Eibar's Spanish goalkeeper Asier Riesgo, 35, to Etihad Stadium. (Sun)

Manchester United have been offered the chance to sign Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans. The Belgium international, 22, was on loan at Leicester City for the second half of last season. (Star)

Legendary Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, 41, says he may take a season out of football after turning down a one-year contract extension at PSG. (Corriere dello Sport, via Goal)

PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi has warned he no longer wants to see "celebrity behaviour" from his players. (France Football - in French)

Arsenal are close to signing French defender William Saliba from Saint-Etienne. The 18-year-old would then be loaned back to the French club for the coming season. (L'Equipe - in French)

Everton and Croatia midfielder Nikola Vlasic, 21, looks set to join CSKA Moscow on a permanent deal after spending last season on loan at the club. (Championat - in Russian)

Former Real Madrid and Brazil left-back Roberto Carlos, 46, says he nearly joined Aston Villa in 1995. (Birmingham Mail)

England Under-21 goalkeeper Dean Henderson, 22, says he feels ready to be Manchester United's number one after spending last season on loan at Sheffield United. (Mail)

Brentford's French forward Neal Maupay, 22, is in talks with La Liga side Sevilla. (L'Equipe - in French)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Simon Burnton

Paul Pogba’s casual admission that “it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else” gets every English newspaper excited, though the Mirror says that Manchester United will adopt a “hardline stance”, insisting “the World Cup winner cannot dictate terms to them”, demanding £150m (the Telegraph says they want £160m; the Times that they “are adamant Pogba will not be sold”) and thereby potentially pricing him out of a move.

Neither Juventus nor Real Madrid, his rumoured suitors, will be keen on paying that much, though the Mail reports that Real feel they could buy him for around £133m, and the Sun that the Spaniards “would be happy to throw in Gareth Bale or Isco as part of the deal”.

The Sun also predicts that United will now “embark on a frantic fortnight of business” as they attempt to complete their squad rebuilding in time for the start of pre-season training. The Times says that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer “wants to sign four more players”, with Youri Tielemans still on their radar – though Monaco would like an offputting £40m for him – as well as Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff, while “as many as six players could leave in the coming weeks”. In Spain, Mundo Deportivo says that United will need “moral as well as sporting reinforcements” should Pogba depart, and are considering a move for one or both of Ivan Rakitic and Philippe Coutinho.

Internationally it’s not Pogba hogging the front pages but Neymar, who according to L’Equipe is singing “le chant du départ” (RM history lesson: Le Chant du Départ was a popular revolutionary tune written in 1794 and still familiar in France, whose title translates as the Song of Departure). Neymar has apparently grown frustrated at PSG’s lack of European success, while PSG have grown frustrated with Neymar’s entitled strops, so a move elsewhere would suit both parties. The news came after the club’s chairman, Nasser al-Khelaifi, told France Football that the club’s players “will have to do more and work harder” in future. “They are not there for their own amusement,” he said. “If they do not agree, the doors are open – ciao! I do not want star behaviour any more.” Now all PSG require is to convince one of about three global clubs who might be able to finance Neymar’s transfer that doing so would not be totally witless.

Now for a brief London-clubs-go-shopping interlude. Arsenal have opened talks with the Paris St-Germain right-back Thomas Meunier, according to the Mail, though they are not keen on coughing up his £27m asking price. Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele has issued a come-and-get-me plea to rumoured suitors Tottenham. “It’s true that Tottenham are a great team and they reached the Champions League final,” the 22-year-old midfielder gushed. “Which player would not be interested in a big club?” West Ham have waded into the fight for the Eibar midfielder Joan Jordán, which Sevilla had been close to concluding. And Chelsea want Frank Lampard to be their new manager, according to the same paper, but also have Ajax’s Erik ten Hag, Nuno Espirito Santo of Wolves and RB Leipzig’s Ralf Rangnick on their shortlist.

Portuguese wonderkid João Felix might end up at Atlético Madrid as the club sets about spending the money they are about to land from the sale of Antoine Griezmann (for whom PSG have emerged as an unlikely alternative destination, with his switch to Barcelona not yet complete). And finally Liverpool’s scouts have been in Southampton again, this time identifying Alex McCarthy as a potential second-choice goalkeeper.


Tottenham, West Ham and Emery target could leave for bargain £22m

By Will Butcher

Italian outlet CalcioMercato have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and West Ham United target Suso could leave AC Milan for a bargain £22million this summer.

In a previous report over the weekend, CalcioMercato claimed that all three English clubs as well as Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid were interested in the former Liverpool star. It is believed offers have already been tabled.

Now, the latest report states that contract technical director and Milan legend Paolo Maldini has met for contract talks with Suso’s representatives. But they have broken down, with Suso requesting as much as £103,000 a week.

That has led to Milan planning a way to sell Suso, which would help the club comply with FFP. Despite Suso having a release clause worth £34million, it is believed Milan may be reluctantly willing to accept lower.

It is believed that the Italian giants will at least consider, and could accept offers between £22million and £26.7million for the playmaker. He has scored 23 goals and created 35 in 136 appearances for Milan.
TBR’s view

Suso has been excellent for Milan, and he was hardly given a proper go at Liverpool. Now 25 years of age, his form in the past couple of seasons suggests he has all it takes to be a success at the top end of the Premier League.

For West Ham, Suso would be an enormous coup. Indeed, landing the Spain international would see a bond strike immediately with new signing Pablo Fornals – who has also earned four Spain caps.

It could also suggest that Manuel Lanzini may be about to leave. Spurs need midfielders and more depth to form a proper title challenge, while West Ham need to replace Manuel Lanzini.


Guillem Balague comments on West Ham United’s Pablo Fornals

Well-known Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has given his take on Pablo Fornals on West Ham United’s official website.

West Ham have signed Fornals from Villarreal in the summer transfer window for a fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £24 million.

The 23-year-old attacking midfielder has arrived at the London Stadium with a strong reputation, and Balague has praised the Spain international.

Balague has admitted his surprise that clubs in the Champions League did not sign the youngster, who he believes is good enough to play for Spanish and European giants Barcelona.

Balague told West Ham’s official website about Fornals: “He has got great knowledge of the game and knows what to do with and without the ball. He is flexible in both the position he can play and also what he can do with the ball, as he can drive forward with the ball, dribble or pick and play a pass with either foot.

“He does not lose possession easily and has the ability to create in the last third of the pitch when it matters. Fornals maybe should score more goals, but he does have an eye for goal and it would not surprise me to see him score more in the future.

“Personally, I always thought he would end up at Barcelona, as he has all the attributes you normally find in a Barcelona player.”

Balague added: “I am surprised other clubs – UEFA Champions League clubs – did not move for him, to be honest, but their loss is West Ham’s gain, for sure.”

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Mex Martillo 2:27 Tue Jun 18
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 2:15 Mon Jun 17
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Alwaysaniron 12:18 Mon Jun 17
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
We NEED to replace Lanzini or we may need too. Two entirely different scenarios.

Thanks Alan 11:50 Mon Jun 17
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
147man 11:33 Mon Jun 17

147man 11:33 Mon Jun 17
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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