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Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
7%
  
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
1%
  
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
13%
  
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
38%
  
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons
41%
  



Alan 12:32 Tue Aug 25
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Manchester City are working out if they could bid for Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 33, if he becomes available. (ESPN)

Former Inter Milan owner Massimo Moratti believes his former club are trying to buy Messi. (AS - in Spanish)

Chelsea are on course to spend more money than in any previous transfer window after agreeing deals to sign Germany's 21-year-old midfielder Kai Havertz of Bayer Leverkusen and Paris St-Germain's Brazil defender Thiago Silva, 35. (Times - subscription only)

Thiago says he will decide his future in the next 24 hours. (Standard)Chelsea could also sign French free agent Malang Sarr on a four-year deal. The 21-year-old defender left Nice this summer. (Telefoot, via Mail)

Arsenal and Spain right-back Hector Bellerin, 25, has been offered to Paris St-Germain. (Times - subscription required)

Manager Mikel Arteta wants Arsenal's Dutch legend Dennis Bergkamp to return to the club as his assistant. (Sun)

Ajax and Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek, 23, is awaiting offers from Premier League clubs. (Sky Sports)

Leeds United's interest in Argentina forward Nicolas Gonzalez, 22, is "very serious", says Stuttgart's sporting director Sven Mislintat. (Yorkshire Evening Post)

Rangers' 23-year-old English winger Ryan Kent has told manager Steven Gerrard he wants to stay at the club despite interest from Leeds. (Sun)

Everton have reached an agreement with Napoli to pay £31.5m for their 29-year-old Brazil midfielder Allan. (Express)

The Toffees' Italy forward Moise Kean, 20, is close to sealing a return on loan to his former club Juventus. (Tuttosport, via Mirror)

Barcelona will terminate the contract of 33-year-old Uruguay striker Luis Suarez. (RAC1, via Mail)

Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof, 26, has been thanked by Swedish police for catching a thief who robbed an elderly woman. (Sky Sports)

Wolves are in advanced talks with Arsenal over a four-year deal for 22-year-old English full-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United are ready to send Portuguese keeper Joel Pereira, 24, to Huddersfield Town on loan. (Sun)

Valencia are keen on Real Madrid's 23-year-old Spanish striker Borja Mayoral. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith said he has discussed transfer targets with new sporting director Johan Lange. (Birmingham Mail)

Bournemouth have made about 10 members of staff redundant. (Bournemouth Echo)

The England football band may drop 'Rule, Britannia!' in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests. (Telegraph - subscription only)





Guardian Rumour Mill

Luke McLaughlin

Manchester City are doing a bit of maths in order to work out if they can sign Lionel Messi from Crisis Club Barcelona and stay within the bounds of Uefa’s entirely uncontroversial FFP regulations. ESPN reckons Barcelona’s “official stance” is that the Argentinian is not for sale, and that the club have pointed potential buyers to the preposterous £625m release clause necessary to prize the 33-year-old away from his contract.

But, so the story goes, City would be interested in saving Messi from the shambles Barcelona have become if the figure involved was ‘reasonable’. Messi is reportedly unimpressed at the decision to call on Ronald Koeman to try and turn things around, and it’s also being reported that club and player may strike a release deal similar to the one that saw Cristiano Ronaldo leave Real Madrid and sign for Juventus.

The former Internazionale head honcho Massimo Moratti, meanwhile, has claimed the Nerazzurri are preparing to pounce for the unsettled Messi.

Frank Lampard is apparently going to bolster his Chelsea ranks by signing Malang Sarr, the 21-year-old central defender who is entirely release-clause-free after rejecting the offer of a new contract from Nice in Ligue 1. On the subject of potential boosts to the Blues’ defensive options, Thiago Silva is poised to decide his future in the next 24 hours after losing Sunday’s Champions League final with Paris Saint-Germain to Bayern Munich, along with Ben Chilwell.

Not content with splashing out £90m just on the transfer fee to bring the exciting German talent Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen, the Stamford Bridge payroll department ought to double-check his bank details when the time comes, because they are going to pay £310,000 him a week, according to The Sun.

Over at Arsenal, meanwhile, Lille defender Gabriel Magalhães has already had a medical despite the fact that he does, in theory, need to observe a 14-day Covid-19 quarantine if travelling to the UK from France. “It is believed he was able to take his medical at a London location that was not the training ground,” report PA. In a heartening development that proves football is not all about money, Magalhães’ agent has said they opted to turn down “more lucrative offers” because the player wants to be part of Arteta’s rebuilding project at Fortress Emirates. “Edu convinced us of the project,” Guilherme Miranda is quoted as saying of the Arsenal technical director’s powers of persuasion. “It’s 100% because of Edu Gaspar and Arteta.”

In other Gunners news, head coach Mikel Arteta wants to bring Dennis Bergkamp back and not just for an off-season Legends football tournament. Arteta is keen to strengthen his backroom staff, it is being reported, and believes that fan favourite Bergkamp can help in this direction. The Dutchman has previously spoken of his desire to take a coaching role at his former club so everyone’s a winner, it would seem.

Moise Kean is about to bring an end to his unproductive stay at Everton by returning to Juventus on loan, according to reports in the Italian media, while the Merseyside club have apparently agreed a £31.5m fee with Napoli to sign Brazilian midfielder Allan.

In yet more news about cold, hard cash, Billy ‘Moneyball’ Beane is interested in making an investment in Premier League champions Liverpool. Beane is a friend of Fenway Sports Group owner John Henry so the move would be a natural fit, according to the New York Post.

Lastly, the Ajax and Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek is said to be awaiting offers from Premier League clubs. Aren’t we all?







HITC

West Ham reportedly express interest in ‘outstanding’ player, Liverpool’s stance

West Ham United and Liverpool are among the clubs interested in Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie, according to 90min.

It has been reported that West Ham have expressed an interest in the USA international midfielder.

The report has claimed that Southampton, Everton, Aston Villa and Newcastle United want the youngster as well.

Liverpool have also scouted the 21-year-old midfielder and see him as ‘a potential star of the future’, but the Premier League champions are unlikely to make a move this summer and would prefer to wait and ‘see how his development pans out’, according to the report.

Stats

According to WhoScored, McKennie made 24 starts and four substitute appearances in the Bundesliga for Schalke this past season, scoring three goals in the process.

During the 2018-19 campaign, the 21-year-old American made 19 starts and five substitute appearances in the league, scoring one goal and providing four assists in the process, according to WhoScored.

Star of the future

McKennie is a very talented and promising young midfielder who was described as “an outstanding talent” by his Schalke head coach David Wagner on Bundesliga.com on August 26, 2019.

The youngster has progressed well in the Bundesliga, and he is ready for a move to the Premier League.

The American’s work-ethic, ability on the ball and versatility to play as a No.6 or No.8 would make West Ham or Liverpool a better team.




Evening Standard

Wycombe vs West Ham LIVE stream and what TV channel: How to watch pre-season friendly today

West Ham's pre-season preparations begin today with David Moyes splitting his squad over two friendlies; one against Wycombe.

One half of the squad is heading to Adams Park, with the other facing Ipswich Town at Portman Road. Both games kick off at 2pm BST.

Moyes has made the decision due to the shortened pre-season schedule, with the coronavirus pandemic causing havoc on the sporting calendar meaning there is just four weeks between Premier League seasons.

Wycombe gained promotion to the Championship via the play-offs last month, the first time they find themselves in the second tier of English football in their 133-year history, and will have a point to prove against top-tier opposition.

Kick-off is at 2pm BST, here's how you can watch along...

How to watch

TV channel: The match will not be shown live on UK TV.

Live stream: West Ham will broadcast the match live on their official YouTube channel and Facebook page








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