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Alan 1:36 Sat Mar 28
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
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Chelsea are interested in signing Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, 34, who has been at Bayern Munich since 2011. (Bild)

Bayern will replace Neuer with Germany team-mate Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The 27-year-old Barcelona keeper could cost as much as £90m. (Daily Mail)

England defender John Stones, 25, could be on his way out of Manchester City, with Juventus and Italy centre-back Leonardo Bonucci, 32, lined up to replace him. (Star)

Borussia Dortmund and England forward Jadon Sancho, 20, should jump at the chance to move to Manchester United, says ex-United striker Dimitar Berbatov. (Sun)

Tottenham want to sign Inter Milan's Uruguay defender Diego Godin, 34, as Spurs boss Jose Mourinho looks to re-shape his defence. (Mirror)

Everton and West Ham are both keen on signing Barcelona and Denmark striker Martin Braithwaite, 28, although his club Barcelona will not sell him for less than £16m. Braithwaite joined Barca in February as an emergency signing. (Diario Sport - in Spanish)

Arsenal want to sign Valencia's Spanish midfielder Carlos Soler, 23, who only recently signed a new contract until 2023. (Sun)

The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted Ruben Loftus-Cheek's return from an Achilles tendon injury as the 24-year-old Chelsea midfielder is unable to rebuild his match fitness. Loftus-Cheek has not played since May 2019. (Evening Standard)

Barcelona and Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal, 32, will be allowed to join Inter Milan in the summer. (Calciomercato -in Italian)

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi, 27, admits his future is uncertain. Germany international Mustafi's contract expires in the summer of 2021 and he says there are "many question marks" about whether he stays. (Sky Sports)

Premier League and EFL clubs are exploring the possibility of furloughing their entire squads - placing them on temporary leave - during the coronavirus shutdown. (Evening Standard)

Former Newcastle and Aston Villa midfielder Nolberto Solano, 45, apologised after being detained by Peruvian police for being outside his house during tight quarantine hours set up to stop the spread of coronavirus. (Guardian)








Sun

KARREN BRADY Our plan is to play and get the season finished after coronavirus nightmare – but priority has to be country’s health

Exclusive Karren Brady

IT is a paradox that at a time football would be a great comfort to millions, it must not be played because, rightly, people’s health is our priority.

What is going on in our country and the world is unprecedented and the game is not a necessity — like food or healthcare.

But to millions upon millions of us, football’s disappearance from life is very relevant indeed.

So, we all want it back in a hurry.

There’s the Premier League to be decided although, obviously, not the title — which is all but owned by Liverpool.

But neither the Prem nor the EFL have finished this season’s games.

Plus, there is the FA Cup, continental leagues, European competitions, European Championship and almost everything in between.

The next Prem meeting is on Friday and the main topic of conversation will be when games can restart.

When we — all Prem clubs — last spoke, we agreed to get going again as soon as possible.

And that games will run into July, if req­uired, to get this campaign finished.

This is the plan. This is what we want to deliver.

Players are currently not in training and housebound to comply with social distancing rules currently in place until April 13, when we expect training to restart.

And following further Government guidelines, we have eight West Ham players in isolation.

'EIGHT WEST HAM PLAYERS IN ISOLATION'

Although I am relieved to say they are all showing mild symptoms and, along with their families, seem to be well.

But it is no more than a handshake, sneeze or cough away from any of us, so no one should be complacent.

All the players, including those in self-isolation, are desperate to get back to training and play the games.

In the meantime, they have been sent a whole set of rules as well as club gym equipment.

We respect them as professionals who understand fitness is critical to the way they perform.

Like every other club, West Ham are doing our bit.

We are helping in the community and have introduced an extensive programme of player- led entertainment for children at home.

This involves players reading books, doing exercises, masterclasses, baking with the club chef and offering prizes.

Our stadium is locked down and utterly deserted and so are the training grounds.

Staff who can are working from home, while all other operations are suspended.

The Premier League and EFL are expecting to dodge the fate of this summer’s Olympic Games and an increasing host of other sports.

Time will tell but it’s simply not in our hands at the moment.

In China, coronavirus appears to have been smothered by denying it room to be passed around.

Whether this is temp­orary or not lies at the heart of whether sport can restart anytime soon.

Because it is so cont­agious, it affects princes, players and people without discrimination.

The moment Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta revealed he had caught the virus, it became clear football — indeed all sport — had to stop.

It is obvious that we cannot risk going ahead with a league while coronavirus stalks the touchlines and terraces.

It may be games have to be played behind closed doors, which no one wants — especially the players and fans.

But the virus is not easy to predict and very hard to detect.

At Portsmouth, five players   have tested positive for the virus.

But we hope it might just be possible to go ahead once the sharp graph of it bottoms out.

I certainly hope so as these are incredibly worrying times for every club — and those in the Prem are not immune.

There is no income, no gate money, no retail income and, for most, no sale of next year’s season tickets, either.

As Brighton chief exec Paul Barber said: “We are all suffering at the moment, Premier League clubs as well.

“First of all we’ve got to safeguard jobs for our people.”

As for a restart, the Government would have to agree, or even make a special exemption for some forms of the professional game.

It is a near £10billion industry — paying £3.3bn taxes — which employs, at a guess, 10,000 people.

But knowing football is going ahead would give the country a lift, so it is very possible we will be allowed, if safe do to so.

But the priority, above all, has to be the health and fitness of the nation as a whole.




Mail

Everton and West Ham 'interested in Barcelona striker Martin Braithwaite' with Nou Camp chiefs prepared to accept £15m bids for the forward despite only signing him in FEBRUARY

Martin Braithwaite joined Barcelona knowing he could be sold in the summer
The Danish striker was signed for £15m as an emergency cover last month
Barcelona are hoping to make a profit on him but are willing to accept £15m
Everton and West Ham are targeting Braithwaite, who also has interest in Italy

By JORDAN SEWARD FOR MAILONLINE

Barcelona are reportedly already preparing to sell Martin Braithwaite despite only signing him back in February and have put a £15million price tag on him.


Barcelona are ready to sell Martin Braithwaite in the summer despite signing him last month

The Danish striker joined from Leganes in controversial circumstances after Barca were granted an extended period to make an emergency signing after Ousmane Dembele was ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Barcelona paid Braithwaite's £15m release clause last month and are hoping to make a quick profit on the forward by offloading him in the summer.

Sport claim Everton and West Ham are both interested in Braithwaite and are considering making a move for him when the window reopens but Barcelona will not sell for anything less than what they paid for him.

The report claims boss Quique Setien has informed Barcelona officials that there will be a role for Braithwaite within the squad if the club don't receive any suitable offers.

The 28-year-old has been used sparingly since joining, making just three appearances, and is yet to play the full 90 minutes for the club.

It has also been reported that Braithwaite has attracted interest from Torino and Sassuolo and is aware of his situation, having agreed to sign for Barcelona with the knowledge he may be sold in the summer.

Sport claim Everton and West Ham are both interested in Braithwaite and are considering making a move for him when the window reopens but Barcelona will not sell for anything less than what they paid for him.

The report claims boss Quique Setien has informed Barcelona officials that there will be a role for Braithwaite within the squad if the club don't receive any suitable offers.

The 28-year-old has been used sparingly since joining, making just three appearances, and is yet to play the full 90 minutes for the club.

It has also been reported that Braithwaite has attracted interest from Torino and Sassuolo and is aware of his situation, having agreed to sign for Barcelona with the knowledge he may be sold in the summer.

It is understood the player's preference would be stay while the break in the football season due to coronavirus pandemic is likely to cause disruption to the transfer market.

Barcelona were top of the table, two points above Real Madrid before La Liga was suspended and placed on hold indefinitely.

It has been agreed that football in Spain will not return until the government and health authorities consider it is without risk.

La Liga and the Royal Spanish Football Federation are however continuing to plan for an attempt to finish the season by June 30.











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Mex Martillo 10:22 Sun Mar 29
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
True Geoff
Eusebiovic, it was a strange signing by Barca and incredibly unfair on Leganes who were not allowed to make a similar out-of-window signing to replace him. Stunk of one rule for the big boys and another for the teams that don’t matter.
Strange thing was Braithwaite actually looked quite good for Barca. He played with an intensity, commitment and enthusiasm that really exposed that many in the rest of the team were not trying too hard. Having said that your right proper pony that got briefly motivated by playing for a top side.

eusebiovic 8:46 Sat Mar 28
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Braithwaite is proper fucking pony...

Barca should be ashamed of themselves for spending money they didn't need to and depriving a team near the bottom of table (Leganes) of a player who should be nowhere near their squad.

Cuntish behaviour...to say the very least

geoffpikey 7:19 Sat Mar 28
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Mex, West Ham transfer rumours are ALWAYS silly. The window, if as normal, will be interesting though: if there's still a layoff in pro games, determining criteria and passing fitness tests is going to be a right lottery...

Tough asking £40m for ANYONE who hasn't played in months will be an even bigger gamble than usual....

Mex Martillo 3:58 Sat Mar 28
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Transfer stories getting silly, I hope...
Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 3:42 Sat Mar 28
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

blueeyed.handsomeman 3:34 Sat Mar 28
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
THankYou Alan

blueeyed.handsomeman 3:33 Sat Mar 28
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
THankYou Alan

Fortunes Hiding 3:00 Sat Mar 28
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Brady now saying Scouse should be given title.

Complete u turn from what she said earlier.

Mike Oxsaw 2:16 Sat Mar 28
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Mad Dog 1:56 Sat Mar 28

In addition, I feel Brady is still trying to spin this away from the fact that if the season is cancelled, the EPL and clubs will be asked to return a large wad of money to the broadcasters for failing to complete their side of the contract; money they have already spent and that nobody is prepared to lend them to be able to pay it back.

Mad Dog 1:56 Sat Mar 28
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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