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Alan 12:57 Tue Jun 18
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United will offer French midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, up to £500,000 a week amid interest from Real Madrid and Juventus. (Mail)

Bayern Munich have made no approach for Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale, says the 29-year-old Wales international's agent. (ESPN)

Derby manager Frank Lampard is set to meet Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich on his yacht to talk about succeeding Maurizio Sarri as the Blues' boss. (Sun)

Aston Villa assistant boss John Terry is among the candidates to become Derby manager if Lampard joins Chelsea this summer. (Mail)

Chelsea want to offer their former midfielder Lampard, 40, a three-year-deal to take charge at Stamford Bridge. (ESPN)

Benfica dismiss reports Atletico Madrid are set to beat Manchester City to the £107m signing of Portugal forward Joao Felix, 19, as "fake news". (AS)

Chelsea have rejected £35m bids from Barcelona and Atletico for their 30-year-old Brazil forward Willian. (Sky Sports)

Paris St-Germain want to close a deal for Barcelona's Brazil forward Philippe Coutinho, 27, after the Copa America. (AS)

Coutinho is also a target for Manchester United but he will not consider them out of respect for former club Liverpool. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool have been told by Barcelona they can make a move for France forward Ousmane Dembele, but only if they pay more than £90m for the 22-year-old. (Teamtalk)

A Liverpool fan has sparked hope Paris St-Germain and France forward Kylian Mbappe could sign after the 20-year-old followed several of the club's players on Instagram. (Express)

Manchester United have had a bid rising to £50m rejected by Crystal Palace for English right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 21. (Sky Sports)

United have also had a £40m bid for West Ham and France under-21 defender Issa Diop turned down. The bid included an unnamed United player going the other way. (Telefoot, via Metro)

Aston Villa have inquired about Huddersfield Town defender Terence Kongolo, 25. (Mail)

Villa and Leicester are in a £10m battle to land Luton's teenage full-back James Justin, 19. (Star)

Liverpool's English winger Sheyi Ojo, 21, is closing on a season-long loan move to Rangers. (Evening Standard)

West Ham have told Eibar they are willing to pay the £13.4m release clause for 24-year-old Spanish midfielder Joan Jordan. (Marca)

Manchester City are weighing up a move for PSV Eindhoven's Spanish left-back Angelino - a year after selling the 22-year-old. (Sun)

Everton are confident English left-back Leighton Baines, 34, will sign a new contract. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester United are close to agreeing a new contract with Spain midfielder Juan Mata, 31. (Mirror)

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 26, has been told by national team coach Roberto Martinez that "he has to leave Manchester United". (Het Laatste Nieuws - in Dutch)

Chelsea's 19-year-old English striker Martell Taylor-Crossdale is having a medical before a permanent move to Hoffenheim. (Sky Sports)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Simon Burnton

Manchester United have returned to Crystal Palace with a second offer for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, this time a downpayment of £35m with another £15m to come, but the Eagles are still not interested – the Mail and the Times both say that an offer of £45m now with a bit more to follow – either £5m (Mail) or £10m (Times) – would be accepted. United might turn their attention to a cheaper option in the shape of Paris Saint-Germain’s Thomas Meunier, available for a mere £25m, but missing out on Wan-Bissaka would, according to the Mirror, “deal a huge blow to Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s transfer plans”.

In further defensive reinforcement news, United hope that Leicester will be more inclined to sell them Harry Maguire if they are given Andreas Pereira, once a target for Brendan Rodgers at Celtic, on loan in return. And in further Leicester defensive news, the Foxes are ready to pay £12m for the Luton full-back James Justin, for whom Aston Villa have already had a £7.5m bid rejected, even though he is only expected to be a back-up for their first-choice right-back, Ricardo Pereira (that’s right, Leicester could have a pair o’ Pereiras next season).

Now, back to Manchester United – a phrase Paul Pogba very much hopes he won’t be saying when pre-season training gets under way in a couple of weeks. The wantaway Frenchman continues to hope that Real Madrid will make a decent bid – several papers report that they have offered £90m, which is barely enough to buy you a Wan-Bissaka these days – but in the meantime the Spaniards keep spending: with £275m already lavished on players including Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy, Tuesday’s A Bola says they are in the process of wrapping up a €20m deal to sell Raúl de Tomás to Benfica. Besides, according to the Mail, United have resolved to retain Pogba and will sanction a bumper pay rise from his current meagre £290,000 a week to a more generous £500,000, matching the amount being pocketed by Alexis Sánchez. “United chief Ed Woodward is adamant a player who is as central to the club’s commercial interests as he is on the pitch will not be sold,” it writes.

Arsenal want a new defender, and are deciding between RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano and Saint-Étienne’s William Saliba. The latter is their first choice, but the 18-year-old’s club are demanding both a £26.7m fee and a one-year loan-back arrangement, neither of which are filling the Gunners with glee. Unai Emery has a transfer budget of only £45m, and such a move would leave him without much left to spend, but on the other hand there is talk of interest from Manchester City, and seeing him elsewhere in the Premier League would be galling.

City, meanwhile, are in pursuit of greater depth at left-back and might end up re-buying Angelino from PSV Eindhoven, says the Sun. A buy-back clause was inserted into the deal that took him to Holland for £5m last summer, and with the player now rated at £23m and attracting interest from PSG and Arsenal they could bring him back for less than half his market value.

The Mirror predicts that Frank Lampard’s No 1 top priority at Chelsea if and when he gets the job will be to persuade Willian to snub a potential move to Barcelona and instead commit himself to a new two-year deal at Stamford Bridge, which would tie him to the club until he is 33. Atlético Madrid have also been interested, but Chelsea have turned down offers of £35m and with Atléti in the process of completing a massive €120m deal for João Felix their wallet may now be empty (though Benfica released a curious statement yesterday insisting “it is false that any negotiation process is currently under way”).

Sheffield United have a £20m transfer budget and Chris Wilder’s toppermost priority is the Brentford striker Neal Maupay. The only problem with that is that the Bees value him at £20m, and the Blades don’t want to blow all their spending money at once. Thus Maupay might be sold to Sevilla instead while West Brom’s Jay Rodriguez and Swansea’s Oli McBurnie end up at Bramall Lane. Meanwhile Stoke are finalising deals for Wigan’s Nick Powell and Millwall’s Lee Gregory, and have identified Barnsley’s Adam Davies as the perfect replacement for Jack Butland should anyone prise the England stopper from their grasp.


West Ham want Manchester United's Anthony Martial in Diop deal

Danny Owen

Could £36m Manchester United forward Anthony Martial leave Old Trafford for Premier League rivals West Ham United?

West Ham would consider selling star defender Issa Diop to Manchester United after all – but only if Anthony Martial goes in the other direction, according to The Independent.

Say what you want about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactical acumen, the Norwegian appears to be fully aware about what Manchester United need as they look to re-establish themselves among the top clubs in European football. Namely, young, hungry talent. And, in particular, commanding, tough tackling centre-backs.

With that in mind, Diop fits the bill.

Sky claimed this week that United have seen a £45 million bid for the former Toulouse captain turned down.

And if they really want to bring Diop to Old Trafford, they may have to part with French international forward Martial.

A £36 million signing from Monaco in 2015 (BBC), Martial has shown flashes of brilliance in the famous red shirt, scoring 12 goals last season, but he remains maddeningly inconsistent with questions being frequently asked about his application.

His potential departure is likely to spit the United fanbase right down the middle. But is Martial worth sacrificing to bring in a centre-back who could, alongside Victor Lindelof, form the sort of top class partnership the club has needed since the days of Ferdinand and Vidic?

Newcastle and West Ham want £6m MLS star Jefferson Savarino

Is Jefferson Savarino going to follow in Miguel Almiron's footsteps by joining Newcastle? Premier League rivals West Ham United are also linked.

Newcastle United and West Ham are looking across the Atlantic for their next signing with Real Salt Lake winger Jefferson Savarino in their sights, according to Sky Sports.

The Magpies raided the MLS as recently as January when they brought in Atlanta United talisman Miguel Almiron on a club record deal. And, perhaps inspired by the impact the pacey Paraguayan has made on Tyneside, Newcastle are apparently interested in another of the most exciting forwards in American football.

22-year-old Savarino, a Venezuelan team-mate of Salamon Rondon, has caught the eye of Newcastle and West Ham after scoring three times in 13 games during the current MLS season.

Sky claim that the winger, who is famed for his dribbling skills and long-range shooting, is valued at a bargain £6 million. The report adds that Newcastle and West Ham will run the rule over Savarino during Venezuela’s Copa America clash against Brazil on Wednesday too.

A forward with lightning pace and an eye for goal, Savarino could form a formidable partnership with Almiron at Newcastle as Benitez, should he stay, looks to transform a previously toothless team into one of the Premier League’s more watchable sides.

Likewise at West Ham, the prospect of Savarino flying down the flanks in tandem with Felipe Anderson should get fans drooling.


West Ham could push for top-six finish next season

West Ham United could push for a top-six finish next season. On the surface, that may appear to be a somewhat hyperbolic statement.

But the Hammers’ recruitment this summer, so far, has been top-notch and one has to wonder if three of the top-six will fear for their places within it next term.

Indeed, the signing of Pablo Fornals from Villarreal for a £24m fee has shined a light on what Manuel Pellegrini is trying to do in east London: mould the best possible attacking team from the constituent parts he is working with.

Co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan deserve an awful lot of credit here too. Pellegrini, after all, explicitly asked for the signing of the Spain Under-21 international, per FFC sources, and, just like that, a deal was agreed. Of course, Mario Husillos, the Director of Football, did the negotiating but it was the owners who financed the deal.

With a new bid likely to be forthcoming for striker Maxi Gomez, too, Pellegrini is reshaping his squad and there is a great deal of excitement at the club.

Contrast that with Chelsea, who finished third last season. They have sold Eden Hazard to Real Madrid, their manager has left for Juventus and they are reportedly ready to appoint ex-midfielder Frank Lampard as his replacement, despite him having managed in professional football for a year. That year was also spent in the league below, as Derby County failed to gain promotion from the Championship. That is not to mention their transfer ban; they are unable to sign a single player in this transfer window. There will be no ready-made Hazard replacement signed.

Or contrast West Ham’s window so far with Arsenal. They face a season of Europa League football after failing to qualify for the Champions League and manager Unai Emery has been given a budget of just £40m to spend to improve a side with a porous defence and a paper-thin midfield. Aaron Ramsey, their best player in 2018/19, has left, too, and will play under Sarri at Juvenus.

Or contrast West Ham with Manchester United. They are in disarray in the transfer window. Paul Pogba reportedly wants to leave, with Real Madrid and Juve sniffing around, while Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen has turned them down and an £80m bid for Harry Maguire is being mooted. That figure is not a misprint.

Add to that the fact that the Irons will not be playing any European football at all next season but could potentially bring in the calibre of players who should be and it adds up to a distressing picture for those above them.

They do, of course, have the financial advantage. Monetarily, United can blow the Hammers out of the water if they so wish. But, as evidenced by their Issa Diop approach, they don’t need to sell to them, nor are they pretending to compete.

They are on a level playing field with both Arsenal and Chelsea, however, and one feels that it is the Irons making the shrewd moves this summer.

Next season promises to be very interesting indeed.

Foot 01

Morgan Sanson announced in West Ham for 35 ME

Where will Morgan Sanson evolve next season? The more days pass, the more likely it will be to see him away from Olympique Marseille. Indeed, the former midfielder of Montpellier seems close to rallying the Premier League, a championship where he has the rating thanks to its physical volume and ability to be decisive. These qualities have totally seduced West Ham, according to information from the site Peuple-Olympien, which announces an imminent agreement between Marseille and the Hammers.

And the transfer would be considerable, and would fill much of the financial difficulties of Marseille since an amount of more than 35 ME is mentioned. "Morgan Sanson in West Ham is imminent. The midfielder Marseillais should engage very soon with the English club. We are talking about a sum between 35 and 40 ME "indicates the media, for which the signature of Morgan Sanson in West Ham is no longer any doubt. A transfer, if it is confirmed, that could allow Marseille to retain players such as Florian Thauvin or Boubacar Kamara.

Le 10 Sport

A big last minute offer from West Ham

In the case Claude-Maurice (Lorient), which interests all the big League 1 clubs , West Ham has just sent a big offer. A match with Borussia M'Gladbach is launched!

AS Monaco, LOSC, Nice, Lyon or PSG. All the big clubs of Ligue 1 closely monitor Alexis Claude-Maurice, the nugget of FC Lorient. At 21, the man who scored 14 goals and 4 assists in the last season of Ligue 2 also frowns foreign clubs. According to our information, Borussia M'Gladbach has drawn. And negotiations are underway with Lorient. The player is interested in the German project.

But in this hot issue, a last-minute offer has just fallen! West Ham drew a proposal over 10 million euros for Alexis Claude-Maurice! The game of bidding sets in and the match between West Ham and Borussia M'Gladbach can begin ... Lorient rubs his hands and President Fery will be able to negotiate upwards for his jewel. A record in which the French clubs seem all outdated. None seems able to counter-attack with an offer as high as the ten million proposed by West Ham ...

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ted fenton 10:58 Tue Jun 18
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 7:47 Tue Jun 18

jimbo2. 10:53 Tue Jun 18
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So we might be signing 3 more players for £80M or so? I somewhat doubt it!
Thanks Al.

Thanks Alan 7:47 Tue Jun 18
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The Stoat 1:13 Tue Jun 18

Mex Martillo 4:33 Tue Jun 18
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Thanks Alan

Eric Hitchmoe 2:40 Tue Jun 18
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Thanks Alan.

"Sheffield United have a £20m transfer budget and Chris Wilder’s toppermost priority is the Brentford striker Neal Maupay." - Hopefully that's them making a swift return to where they came from them.

Alan 1:29 Tue Jun 18
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Sanson story added.

bill green 1:24 Tue Jun 18
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Thanks Alan

The Stoat 1:13 Tue Jun 18
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Thanks Alan

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