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Alan 1:08 Mon Apr 20
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Juventus have turned their attention to signing Tottenham Hotspur and England striker Harry Kane. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Real Madrid have pulled out of the race to sign 26-year-old Kane because of the financial effects of the coronavirus crisis. (Mail)

Manchester United have agreed a deal with England winger Jadon Sancho and now need to sort out a fee with German club Borussia Dortmund to sign the 20-year-old. (Sun)

Arsenal could offer France forward Alexandre Lacazette, 28, to Atletico Madrid as part of a deal for 26-year-old Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey to move the other way. (Sun)

Real Madrid are considering selling up to six first-team players, including Wales winger Gareth Bale, 30, and 28-year-old Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez. (AS)

Paris St-Germain are preparing a new deal until 2025 for Brazil forward Neymar. It would see the 28-year-old earn 38m euros (£33m) per year. (Sport - in Spanish)
Mohamed Salah looks disappointed

Arsenal have enquired about 29-year-old Valencia and Spain winger Rodrigo Moreno. (Mirror)

The Gunners and Manchester United are weighing up a move for 22-year-old Barcelona and France forward Ousmane Dembele. (Sport - in Spanish)

United have added Bayer Leverkusen and Germany midfielder Kai Havertz, 20, to their transfer shortlist. (Standard)

Leicester City midfielder James Maddison has been linked with Manchester United but the 23-year-old England international says he is "very, very happy" with the Foxes. (LCFC TV, via Mail)

Chelsea are preparing a £20m move for 23-year-old Freiburg and Germany forward Luca Waldschmidt. (Sun)

Chelsea and France striker Olivier Giroud, 33, has agreed personal terms with Inter Milan. (Tuttosport, via Mail)

Inter are ready to offer Everton £25m for 20-year-old Italy forward Moise Kean. (Express)

RB Leipzig's 24-year-old Germany forward Timo Werner, who has been linked with Chelsea and Liverpool, has been taking English lessons. (Bleacher Report, via Star)

Newcastle United will have £200m to spend on new players and club improvements if the proposed takeover deal goes through. (Mirror)

Burnley's English goalkeeper Joe Hart, 33, is a target for Championship side Derby County and Turkish club Besiktas. (Sun)

Former Manchester City and Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri, 32, is set to be sacked by Anderlecht after failing to contact the Belgian club during the coronavirus lockdown. (Derniere Huere, via Mail)

Leeds United may be able to buy on-loan English defender Ben White, 22, from Brighton for a cheaper price in the summer because of the impact of coronavirus on football finances. (Express)





Evening Standard

Transfer window reduced to ‘swap deals and loans’ due to coronavirus, predicts ex-Liverpool and Tottenham chief

Richard Parry

Damien Comolli, the former Liverpool and Tottenham director of football, believes the transfer window will be very different next time around due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With football suspended across Europe – aside from the Belarusian league – uncertainty remains over when competitions will resume, let alone the timetable for the summer transfer window.

And Comolli says that, from what he’s been told, clubs are more likely to try and swap players or secure loan deals when the window opens.

"An agent was saying the other day only three clubs in the Premier League will be able to spend money," he told Sky Sports News. "If that's the case I think the transfer window will be very different."

"We might see swaps, we might see loans and we are going to a see a massive decrease in transfer fees and activity - at least transfers involving money.

"The more this crisis goes on and the clubs are in a difficult situation financially, the first thing that will be impacted will be player remuneration and the second thing will be transfer fees."

Fifa has confirmed contracts ending on June 30 will be extended for a short period but Comolli - who also spent time on Arsenal's scouting team under Arsene Wenger - fears there will be a stumbling block if players fall ill.

"Sorry if I'm being dramatic but let's assume the Premier League starts and suddenly (a player) catches the virus and then dies or gets severe lung damage and he can't play football anymore, what's going to happen?

"Is the player going to say my contract ended on June 30, you forced me to play?"

"I think it'll be very difficult not to finish the season for a lot of different reasons, one is financial but as an industry football has a duty to entertain.

"Now it is not the right thing to talk about it but we have a duty to fans, they want something else at night or during the day to think about, other than the virus and the issues. I think it'd be something positive.

Hopes are fading that the Premier League will be able to complete the season by June 30 after the campaign was halted in March, and Comolli believes it will be some time before football returns to normality.

"Personally I wouldn't be surprised if we couldn't play with any fans until the end of 2020."






C&H

New warning as game’s cash dries up

Massive wage bills and unpaid transfer fees…a total lack of any kind of revenue and uncertainty over when the game will be played before crowds again is leaving the game on the brink!

Transfer fees for example are usually paid in tranches of three although in the case of the Hammers Sebasian Haller’s needs to be paid within 18 months from the date of the transfer.

The same situation exists across all leagues with clubs due to pay heavy balances on those they have brought in over the last couple of years or so.

And all of this has led to a former director of football claiming he has been told by a leading agent that only three Premier League clubs will be able to spend money on transfers this summer

Former Tottenham director of football Damien Comolli has been talking to Sky Sports abouyt that conversation saying there will be very little cash available for transfers:

He said: “”An agent was telling me the other day, that there are actually only three clubs in the Premier League will be able to spend money next summer in the transfer window.

“We might see very little transfer activity, we might see swaps, we might see loans and I think we are going to see a massive decrease in transfer fees and transfer activity, at least transfers involving money.

“The longer this crisis goes on, more clubs are going to be in a financially difficult situation. The first thing that will be impacted will be player remuneration, the second thing will be transfer fees.”








Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

chiff 11:32 Mon Apr 20
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 5:02 Mon Apr 20
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

Mex Martillo 3:48 Mon Apr 20
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 1:11 Mon Apr 20

Coffee 1:14 Mon Apr 20
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
If coronavirus can help rid the game of agents, it will not have been all bad.

charleyfarley 1:12 Mon Apr 20
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Al

ted fenton 1:11 Mon Apr 20
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:09 Mon Apr 20

Thanks Alan 1:09 Mon Apr 20
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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