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Alan 1:06 Mon Jul 1
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Liverpool are open to bringing Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho back to the club after the 27-year-old's struggles at Barcelona. (Le10 Sport, via Mirror)

Real Madrid are preparing to offer Spain midfielder Marco Asensio, 23, to Liverpool but want Senegal international forward Sadio Mane, 27, in exchange. (Express)

Manchester United could still beat Tottenham to the signing of Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele as Spurs, who have agreed a fee with the Ligue 1 club for the 22-year-old, have yet to finalise personal terms with the France international. (L'Equipe, via Metro)

The Reds have also agreed a new four-year £300,000-a-week deal with England striker Marcus Rashford, to fend off interest from Barcelona and keep the 21-year-old at Old Trafford. (Telegraph)

Napoli are considering a move for Celtic defender Kieran Tierney, with Arsenal yet to make an acceptable bid for the 22-year-old. (Metro)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he is unsure "if Neymar would be the same" as in his first spell if the 27-year-old Brazil international returned to former club Barcelona from Paris St-Germain. (Ara, via Mirror)

Manchester United have agreed personal terms with Sevilla forward Wissam Ben Yedder, 28, and the France forward could move to Old Trafford regardless of whether they sell Belgium international Romelu Lukaku, 26. (Express)

Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn will be the subject of a bid from Manchester United, who will have to pay £50m for the 24-year-old Scotland international. (Sun)

Adam Webster could see his wages quadruple if he moves from Bristol City to Aston Villa, with the 22-year-old defender set for a £25m move to Villa Park. (Star)

Portugal attacking midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 24, could still make the switch from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United, with the Premier League club set to step up their interest. (Manchester Evening News)

Arsenal and Everton target Armando Izzo will not leave Torino, with the Serie A club not willing to sell the highly rated 27-year-old Italy defender. (Calciomercato)

Derby County are lining up former Dutch international Phillip Cocu as a replacement for manager Frank Lampard, who is expected to take over as Chelsea's new boss. (Times - subscription required)

Tottenham will loan Leeds United midfielder Jack Clarke back to the Elland Road club after signing the 18-year-old Englishman. (Guardian)

Leeds are interested in 30-year-old Ecuadorian striker Felipe Caicedo, who used to play for Manchester City and is currently at Italian side Lazio. (Imperio, via Star)

Juventus are considering making a bid for Burnley and England Under-20 winger Dwight McNeil, 19. (Sun)

Juventus are preparing to sell France international Blaise Matuidi and fellow midfielder Sami Khedira of Germany, both aged 32. (Tuttosport, via Calciomercato)

Bristol City are set to complete the signing of Czech Republic defender Tomas Kalas, 26, for a club record £8m from Chelsea. (Bristol News)

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Barry Glendenning

Is a return to Anfield on the cards for Philippe Coutinho? Don’t rule it out because Liverpool haven’t, say Le10Sport, a media outlet that must know what its talking about because it’s got quite the hip10ster title. Having left Liverpool 18 months ago to join Barcelona in a dream move that quickly became a nightmare, the Brazilian playmaker is being touted with a move elsewhere and the word in Spain is that his former employers might be open to taking back their prodigal son. Meanwhile in the Spanish capital, Real Madrid are prepared to offer Liverpool Marco Asensio in exchange for Sadio Mané, in a potential swap deal that should prompt no end of honking laughter in the corridors of Anfield.

Manchester United are ready to welcome Wissam Ben Yedder to Old Trafford irrespective of whether the mooted move of Romelu Lukaku to Inter works out. Despite rumours linking him to Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, reports from Spain say the Sevilla striker has already agreed personal terms with United, who will now ramp up their interest in Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes. United are also being linked with a move for Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn, but will have to bid the thick end of £50m to have even the remotest chance of securing his services.

Napoli could muscle in on Arsenal’s attempt to buy Kieran Tierney from Celtic, in a state of affairs that may force the Gunners to up their previous bid from 25p and a handful of Tesco petrol vouchers to a more reasonable £25m for a 22-year-old left-back who has already made 170 appearances for the Scottish champions. In other transfer hijack news, reports in France say Manchester United may try to put the kibosh on Tanguy Ndombele’s move to Spurs. Lyon are understood to have agreed a fee with Tottenham for the midfielder, but the player and his people have yet to thrash out those all important personal terms.

Juventus are giving Burnley midfielder Dwight McNeil the glad eye, while Bristol City defender Adam Webster could be off to Aston Villa. No, really, Juventus are giving Burnley midfielder Dwight McNeil the glad eye, having been impressed with his performances for England’s Under-20s at the Toulon Tournament. Manchester City, Arsenal and Everton are also keeping tabs on the 19-year-old.

Having consciously uncoupled from Newcastle when the clock struck 12 last night, Rafael Benítez is now a free agent and open to offers from employers who might appreciate a man of his talents. Having reacted badly to news of his imminent departure last week, the mood of Newcastle fans is unlikely to be improved by the news that Neil Redfearn is set to take over as caretaker manager for the beginning of pre-season training this week. According to The Shields Gazette, the club’s under-23 coach will put out the cones and blow his whistle while Mike Ashley mulls over a shortlist of potential new first team coaches featuring such names as Giovanni van Bronkhorst, Patrick Vieira and Gennaro Gattuso.

And finally, in other managerial news, Frank Lampard’s Derby County are resigned to losing their manager to Chelsea in the coming days, but envisage a brave new dawn glorying in the moniker of Philip Cocu’s Derby County.


Premier League hand clubs transfer window boost as they scrap inhibiting Financial Fair Play rule that forced clubs to keep wage-bill increases under £7m each year

From July 1, 2019, new rulings have been applied to the football transfer window
An element of Financial Fair Play ruling has been dropped, in order to help sides
Teams were previously limited on wages by Short Term Cost Control (STCC)
Now clubs do not have to fund certain wage rises by using commercial deals

By Danny Gallagher

Premier League clubs have been handed a boost in the market, after changes to the ruling in the transfer window freed up additional budget for player wages.

Each summer, and January, teams compete against each other to acquire the best talent while adhering to recruitment guidelines and spending within their means.

With Financial Fair Play (FFP) forever looming over top level sides, Premier League teams have always been cautious when taking to the market. Now, however, a rule keeping check on wage bill increases has been removed.

As of July 1, an adjustment to the ruling system has increased the scope for clubs to buy players.

As part of the transfer window, clubs have been governed and somewhat limited by Short Term Cost Control (STCC), which was brought into play in 2013.

The STCC meant that any 12-month increase in player wages of above £7m had to be funded by new commercial deals.

However, this has now been dropped, meaning clubs have more room for manoeuvre when it comes to agreeing wage deals with players.

Clubs no longer have to be as wary of the total costs of deals being handed out. Under the previous ruling, even if clubs could afford certain wage demands, this would have to be partly made up by the commercial deals in order to show an ability to generate cash flow and spend within their means.

The change is expected to benefit most clubs, though particularly those who regularly find themselves just below the main competing pack in the Premier League.

Those sides who finished last season in seventh to 10th place, for example, will now find themselves will more freedom to bring in players with the added bonus of being able to offer more enticing wages.

Last season those aforementioned position finishes included the likes of Wolves, Everton, Leicester and West Ham.

These teams have, in previous years, showed both an ability and willingness to spend big in the transfer market.

Likewise, newly promoted sides who have the benefit of the financial windfall of reaching the Premier League will now be able to acquire players more freely, without an immediate worry of how to generate additional capital to show a balanced system.

While the transfer window is yet to truly kick into action this summer, a number of top Premier League teams have already gone about putting in some early work.

Manchester United's early capture of Daniel James from Swansea and Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace showed an early emphasis on rebuilding with youth.

The two players however picked up huge wage rises as a result of joining the Red Devils, with Wan-Bissaka pocketing a near 1000 per cent increase after signing a five-year deal worth £80,000 per week.

Liverpool have likewise acquired youth with the signing of 17-year-old Sepp van den Berg, while Manchester City edge closer to triggering the £62.5m release clause of relatively unproven Spanish starlet Rodri from Atletico Madrid.

Sport Witness

From Italy: Claim West Ham made recent ‘attempt’ for 23-year-old defender

By Tom Coast

If Il Messaggero are to be believed, then West Ham made a last ditch attempt to sign a centre-back over the past few days.

The man in question is Denis Vavro, currently contracted to FC Kobenhaven in Denmark, who has also attracted interest from Watford and Lazio.

We covered the supposed bid made by the Hornets last week, and since then, the Serie A side appear to have won the race, despite a recent ‘attempt of a Premier League squad’, who Il Messaggero explain ‘is said to be West Ham’.

That the Hammers would be interested in a centre-back isn’t exactly breaking news, since their efforts to sign Guillermo Maripan haven’t gone unnoticed, while Manchester United’s alleged desire to break the bank for Issa Diop could have forced them to intensify their search.

Regardless of all this, West Ham’s supposed last minute attempt to get Vavro from the Danish club didn’t work, and the expectation is for the 23-year-old to head to Rome sooner rather than later.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

jimbo2. 11:39 Mon Jul 1
Re: Monday newspapers
Thanks Al.

Thanks Alan 9:54 Mon Jul 1
Re: Monday newspapers
Bill green 2:54 Mon Jul 1

Mex Martillo 7:37 Mon Jul 1
Re: Monday newspapers
Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 6:05 Mon Jul 1
Re: Monday newspapers
Money going crazy...Fees...Wages...

bill green 2:54 Mon Jul 1
Re: Monday newspapers
thanks Alan

Eggbert Nobacon 2:46 Mon Jul 1
Re: Monday newspapers
Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn will be the subject of a bid from Manchester United, who will have to pay £50m for the 24-year-old Scotland international. (Sun)

wasn't good enough for us when Moyes wanted him I seem to recall

Eddie B 1:11 Mon Jul 1
Re: Monday newspapers
Alan, thanks.

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