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Alan 11:54 Mon Sep 9
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Barcelona are preparing a new contract for forward Lionel Messi that will keep the 32-year-old Argentina international at the Nou Camp for the rest of his career. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Liverpool and Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk, 28, is bemused by talk he is to be offered a new £200,000-per-weekdeal at Anfield. (Liverpool Echo)

Chelsea have been forced to bring forward contract talks with left-back Emerson Palmieri, with former Blues boss Maurizo Sarri interested in taking the 25-year-old Brazil international to Juventus. (Express)

Manchester United and Manchester City are set to compete for the signing of 20-year-old Benfica and Portugal Under-20 midfielder Florentino Luis. (Star)

France midfielder Paul Pogba, 27, stayed at Manchester United instead of moving to Real Madrid because of a £150m sports sponsorship deal. (Sun)

Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, 24, is on the verge of signing a new contract, despite interest in the Serbia international from Manchester United, Paris St-Germain and Juventus. (Mail)

Former Leicester City manager Claude Puel is a candidate for the vacant position at Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon. (L'Equipe - in French)

Manchester United's 29-year-old Argentina defender Marcos Rojo, who was linked with a move away from Old Trafford in the summer, will push for a transfer to Aston Villa in January. (Birmingham Live)

Kelechi Nwakali, the 21-year-old Nigerian midfielder who moved to Spanish second division side Huesca from Arsenal in the summer, wants to go back to Emirates Stadium in future. (Score Nigeria)

Left-back Danny Rose, 29, wants to stay and fight for his place at Tottenham Hotspur despite interest from other clubs and the arrival of fellow Englishman Ryan Sessegnon, 19, from Fulham over the summer. (Mirror)

Real Madrid will reignite their interest in Ajax's Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek, 22, next summer. (Mail)

England manager Gareth Southgate says Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford, 21, is not a number nine and remains "a work in progress". (Sun)

Southgate is also monitoring Nottingham Forest midfielder Brennan Johnson, 18, who scored on his debut for Wales Under-21s. (Mirror)

Leeds United are close to securing a five-year extension to 23-year-old English midfielder Kalvin Phillips' contract, after the player was the subject of interest from Aston Villa and Burnley in the summer. (Telegraph)

Burnley manager Sean Dyche is considering a January bid for Middlesbrough's 17-year-old English defender Nathan Wood. (Northern Echo)

Italy full-back Matteo Darmian, 29, has "no regrets" over his move to Manchester United, after joining Parma following four seasons at Old Trafford. (Football Italia)

Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, 33, has no plans to retire. (Mirror)

Albanian Prime Minister Edvin Rama says his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, offered a sincere apology after the wrong national anthem was played at their Euro 2020 qualifier with France in Paris. (Goal.com)

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Despite recruiting midfield bulwark Rodri for a club record £62.8m in July, Pep Guardiola may renew his interest in Benfica’s Florentino Luís. The Lisbon-born 20-year-old has a €60m release clause in his contract and was previously linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium in April. With Aymeric Laporte facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines recovering from the knee injury he suffered against Brighton, Pep may make another move for Inter defender Milan Skriniar in January. His initial advances for the Slovakian 24-year-old were rebuffed by the Serie A side this summer.

Meanwhile in South Yorkshire, Sheffield United are preparing to renew their interest in Bordeaux midfielder Younousse Sankharé, who they tried and failed to bring to Bramall Lane during the recent transfer window. The Senegal international was not selected for the French club’s first four games of the season and has now been banned from the training ground for a week for unspecified reasons. His long-term future at the club seems rather uncertain and he could move in January.

Odsonne Edouard is wanted by Lyon, who will be keeping close tabs on the Celtic striker throughout the season with a view to signing him next summer. Still a free agent following his release by Leicester City, Danny Simpson has been keeping himself in shape by training with West Brom and may have done enough to earn himself a contract from Slaven Bilic.

Reports from Spain suggest Real Madrid will flutter their eyelashes in the direction of Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek next summer. The 22-year-old was expected to leave the Dutch champions for the Bernabéu in the close season, but Real chose instead to focus on their failed attempts to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United. Indeed, reports over the weekend hint that executives at sportswear firm Adidas may have intervened to help broker peace between their client and his Old Trafford overlords, with whom they also have commercial ties.

Inter hope to sign Sergey Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio, despite reports in Italy that the 24-year-old midfielder is on the verge of signing a new contract. The name of Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa also features prominently on the shopping list of Inter chief executive Beppe Marotta.

And finally, Edwin van der Sar has been identified as the man to restore order to Manchester United’s chaotic dealings in the transfer market. The former United goalkeeper, currently working as chief executive officer at Ajax, could return to Old Trafford to work as director of football.


REVEALED: Best rated new signings across Europe’s top leagues

Striker: Sebastien Haller (West Ham) - 7.96 rating

Missing out on Maxi Gomez proved a blessing in disguise for West Ham, as the Hammers instead made Sebastien Haller their club-record signing and the 25-year-old has been thoroughly impressive in his first three games. Haller has scored three times in as many appearances and has shown tremendous hold-up play for the likes of Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini to thrive off. Furthermore, only two players are winning more aerial duels per Premier League game than Haller (5.7) this season.

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West Ham attacker Yarmolenko blasts Borussia Dortmund: 100% better here

West Ham attacker Andrei Yarmolenko admits he didn't enjoy his time with Borussia Dortmund.

The Ukraine international still bristles at the way he was treated by BVB management, particularly during the time leading up to his departure.

Yarmolenko had a year in Dortmund, having moved to Germany after nine years with Dynamo Kyiv in Ukraine.

“I'm not someone to be offended," said Yarmolenko in an interview with Sport.ua. "But the way they parted with me, I did not like. I believe that Borussia is a great club, and it should treat with great respect the players who play on the team. I did not like a lot of things in Dortmund."

The midfielder, now 30, left Dortmund for the Hammers over a year ago, signing a four-year contract. Despite missing much of last season after suffering a serious Achilles injury in October, Yarmolenko has made it clear he's far happier in London than Dortmund.

Indeed, after scoring in victory over Norwich City last week, Yarmolenko celebrated with the club's medical staff. The Ukraine international grateful to the support team for helping him to get back on the pitch.

The show of emotion proof Yarmolenko feels well settled with the Irons.

The attacking midfielder explained, "If you compare with England, then there is a much better attitude to their players. In England, one hundred percent better. I like the British because we have a similar mentality in terms of humour, jokes.

"The main thing is to understand the language."

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Mex Martillo 9:09 Mon Sep 9
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Thanks Alan 2:40 Mon Sep 9

Thanks Alan 2:40 Mon Sep 9
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ted fenton 1:36 Mon Sep 9

ted fenton 1:36 Mon Sep 9
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The Stoat 12:05 Mon Sep 9

North Bank 12:59 Mon Sep 9
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Thanks Alan

Alan 12:56 Mon Sep 9
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Yarmolenko story added.

Texas Iron 12:38 Mon Sep 9
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bill green 12:18 Mon Sep 9
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Thanks Alan

The Stoat 12:05 Mon Sep 9
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Thanks Alan

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