WHO Poll
Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons

Alan 1:11 Mon Aug 17
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has told the Spanish giants he wants to leave the club immediately, with Manchester City leading the race for the 33-year-old Argentina forward. (Esporte Interativo - in Portuguese)

Barca will listen to offers for a host of players, including Antoine Griezmann, 29, and 23-year-old fellow France forward Ousmane Dembele, who cost £107m from Atletico Madrid in 2019 and £135.5m from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 respectively. (Sport - in Spanish)

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is being lined up as a replacement for Pep Guardiola if the Manchester City boss fails to negotiate a new contract. (Sun)

Arsenal have agreed terms on a new contract with captain and Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 31, and are also closing in on the signing of Brazil defender Gabriel Magalhaes, 22, from Lille. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Juventus are interested in signing the Gunners' France striker Alexandre Lacazette or Wolves' Mexico forward Raul Jimenez, both 29. (Sky Sports)

Bayern Munich's Thiago Alcantara has agreed a four-year deal with Liverpool, with the Bundesliga club asking for in excess of £30m for the 29-year-old Spain midfielder. (RMC Sport, via Mirror)

Juventus are open to selling 26-year-old Paulo Dybala, with Manchester United and Tottenham are interested in the Argentina forward. (Gazetta Dello Sport - in Italian)

Juve's 29-year-old Brazilian left-back Alex Sandro, who is a target for Chelsea, could be available for 40m euros (£36.2m) as the Italian champions' new boss Andrea Pirlo looks to raise transfer funds. (Corriere Dello Sport - in Italian)

The Blues are also ready to move for Manchester City defender John Stones, 26, even if they sign 28-year-old fellow England centre-back Lewis Dunk - who is also a target for Tottenham - for £40m from Brighton.(Mirror)

Inter Milan are keen on Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, 30, and may pay the £20m asking price for the England centre-back, who has spent the season on loan at Roma. (Metro)

Leeds United have turned their attention to Germany and Freiburg defender Robin Koch, 24, with a deal for their top target, Brighton's 22-year-old English centre-back Ben White increasingly unlikely. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham have also made contact with the Seagulls about £50m-rated White. (Sun)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Amid reports that Barcelona have put most of their squad up for sale following their Champions League humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich, the one player they would most like to keep hold of reportedly wants to leave the club. Esporte Inerativo, who were first to break the news of Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain, claim Lionel Messi has had enough of carrying the weight of the Camp Nou on his shoulders and wants to move elsewhere, a state of affairs that has prompted immediate speculation he could be off to Manchester City or PSG, the only two teams that can realistically afford to trigger his release clause should he hand in a transfer request. Barcelona, it should be noted, could probably do with the money.

While a reunion with Pep Guardiola doesn’t sound beyond the realms of possibility, City’s latest exit from the Champions League has cast a sliver of doubt over the manager’s future at the club. Rumour has it the club hierarchy are ready to make a move for Mauricio Pochettino should their current manager decline to sign a new contract. The in-demand and out-of-work former Spurs boss is likely in high demand and is believed to be the frontrunner to replace dead man walking Quique Setién at Camp Nou, despite his past affiliation with city rivals Espanyol. Quite how the current past-their-pomp squad would cope with the physical demands of the Argentinian coach and his staff is anyone’s guess, although Ronald Koeman, Xavi and Thierry Henry have all also been linked with the gig. Along with Messi, goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, defender Clément Lenglet and midfielder Frenkie de Jong are the only other players Barça are eager to keep as they plan a mass clear-out.

Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcântara is reported to have agreed personal terms with Liverpool and could sign a four-year deal with the Premier League champions once his current club have finished their Champions League campaign. “Thiago played for Barcelona, and seven years for Bayern,” said his current manager Hansi Flick. “Now he wants a new challenge, which in my opinion must be the Premier League.”

Joe Hart has emerged as a surprise potential target for Tottenham, who are in need of a homegrown player to bolster their ranks. A free agent since leaving Burnley in June, the much maligned Hart would presumably find himself playing second fiddle behind Hugo Lloris if he opts for a move to White Hart Lane.

Despite being linked repeatedly with a move for Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell, Chelsea are eyeing up Juventus defender Alex Sandro as an alternative should they fail to land their first choice. Frank Lampard could also bring in Brighton centre-half Lewis Dunk or out-of-favour Manchester City centre-half John Stones to help make his defence a little less porous, but will face competition for the former from Spurs.

Having spent last season impressing on loan at Leeds, who are resigned to being priced out of the market when it comes to trying to sign him on a permanent deal, Brighton defender Ben White has forced himself on to the radars of Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham, but won’t be sold for a penny less than £50m.

And finally, with his name plate up tightly screwed on the door of the manager’s office at Juventus, Andrea Pirlo has identified strikers Alexandre Lacazette and Raúl Jiménez as potential transfer targets. While Arsenal are open to offers for their striker, Wolves are unlikely to be open to offers for their Mexican goalscorer.


West Ham United open to Issa Diop sale

West Ham United are open to selling Issa Diop in the summer transfer window, according to Sky Sports.

It has been reported that West Ham are open to offers of £45 million for the 23-year-old central defender.

The report has added that at least two clubs in the Premier League are interested in the Frenchman.

West Ham United spell

Diop has been on the books of West Ham since 2018 when he joined from French club Toulouse.

According to WhoScored, the 23-year-old made 31 starts and one substitute appearance in the Premier League for the Hammers this past season, scoring three goals and providing one assist in the process.

During the 2018-19 campaign, the defender scored one goal in 33 league games for the London club, according to WhoScored.

Strange decision?

Diop is a very good central defender who has established himself as an important player in the current West Ham team.

True, the Frenchman could do better, but he is a player who can only improve and develop in the coming years.

The Hammers have been defensively disappointing, and selling a player of Diop’s quality and potential does not make sense, as the London club are going to find it tough to bring in a suitable replacement.

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