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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 12:19 Wed Sep 30
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United have had a £91.3m bid rejected by Borussia Dortmund for 20-year-old England forward Jadon Sancho. (Sky Sports)

And United fear losing face if another offer for Sancho is rejected by Dortmund. (Mail)

They have also joined the race to sign Real Madrid and Serbia international striker Luka Jovic, 22, on loan. (AS - in Spanish)

And are close to landing 23-year-old Barcelona and France forward Ousmane Dembele - giving Barca the financial leeway to sign Lyon's former Manchester United forward Memphis Depay. (AS - in Spanish)

Pep Guardiola wants to sign a new left-back before the transfer window shuts with Bayern Munich and Austria's David Alaba, and Ajax and Argentina's Nicolas Tagliafico, both aged 28, on Manchester City's radar. (Mail)

German champions Bayern Munich have approached Brighton over a possible deal for 19-year-old English right-back Tariq Lamptey. (Sport1, in German)

Leeds are close to securing a £9m deal for Bayern Munich's French midfielder Michael Cuisance, 21. (Athletic - subscription required)

Bayer Leverkusen have made a £9m offer for Arsenal and Bosnia left-back Sead Kolasinac, 27. (Mail)

Southampton could make a late move to sign 21-year-old Heerenveen and Dutch midfielder Joey Veerman. (Voetbal International, via TalkSPORT)

Lucas Torreira's agent has landed in Madrid for talks with Atletico Madrid over a potential move to Spain from Arsenal for the 24-year-old Uruguayan midfielder. (Fabrizio Romano, via Express)

Chelsea are willing to sell Germany defender Antonio Rudiger and, although Tottenham are interested in the 27-year-old, the Blues would prefer it if he moved overseas. (ESPN)

Brazil centre-back Thiago Silva, 36, says he was "annoyed" by the way Paris St-Germain handled his exit and, even though the French champions offered him a one-year contract extension, it was too late as he had already agreed to join Chelsea. (ESPN)

West Ham's loan bid for Slavia Prague's Czech right-back Vladimir Coufal, 28, has been rejected. (90min)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Michael Butler

Bayern have got another crush on a Chelsea youth academy graduate. Last year the German giants tried and failed to get Callum Hudson-Odoi on board. This year, the target is very much Tariq Lamptey, now of Brighton, who bought the right-back for a measly £3m back in January, and now value him at around £23m after a string of very impressive displays this season. The thing is, Bayern only want to part with around £14m, so expect there to be a classic bit of jostling on that one before the window shuts.

Perhaps Bayern should be more concerned with throwing some of that Lamptey loot towards David Alaba, with the Austrian reportedly unhappy with the terms currently being offered for a contract extension. His deal expires next summer, with Manchester United reportedly ready to make a bid on the cheap if their own offer for Porto’s Alex Telles falls flat. Oh! Luke Shaw! What did you do?!

There is no significant update to the most tortuous transfer saga of the year. Borussia Dortmund still want €120m for Jadon Sancho, with Manchester United still convinced that around €90m is enough. It’s not, guys!

The Mail say that Bayer Leverkusen have made a £9m offer to Arsenal for Sead Kolasinac, which seems entirely reasonable, given the Gunners have got Kieran Tierney, Bukayo Saka and Ainsley Maitland-Niles capable of playing left back, and need some notes for long-term targets Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar.

Why Milan Skriniar, one of the continent’s most sought-after defenders, would leave Scudetto-chasing Inter for a Fulham defence that is less well organised than a US presidential debate is anyone’s guess. You could be the new Alfie Mawson, Milan! Fulham’s chairman, Tony Khan, spoke openly on Monday about splashing out on a new defender after the latest dismal defeat to Aston Villa. Tottenham are also in the hunt for Skriniar, in their attempts to fill a Jan Verthonghen-sized hole at the back.

Josh King to Torino has a nice ring to it. The striker is desperate to leave Bournemouth following their relegation to the Championship, and could tread the well-worn path from England to Turin, following in the footsteps of the great Joe Hart Denis Law.

Wolves are battling Sevilla and Napoli for £15m-rated AZ Alkmaar winger Oussama Idrissi, who scored 17 goals and ten assists in 42 appearances last season, while West Ham are in for Fiorentina centre back Nikola Milenkovic after being beaten by Leicester in their attempts to sign Wesley Fofana from Saint-Étienne.

Despite signing Rúben Dias for £62m yesterday to take Pep Guardiola’s total spending at City on defenders to over £400m, somebody at Manchester City posted on the club’s official website that you can “win a signed Kalidou Koulibaly shirt”. Gaffe of the day, or does the City admin know something we don’t?

Di Marzio

Milan’s hopes regarding Fiorentina defender fade as West Ham offer €25m

Fiorentina are reflecting after West Ham United made a sizeable offer for reported Milan target Nikola Milenkovic, it is claimed.

Milan have been repeatedly linked with a move for Milenkovic over the past few weeks, with a number of major sources reporting that he is the No.1 defensive target for both the management and head coach Stefano Pioli.

However, negotiations do not appear to have advanced much as Fiorentina continue to set a high asking price of €35-40m for the 22-year-old, with hopes of keeping him beyond the summer and discussing a renewal.

According to the latest from Gianluca Di Marzio (via MilanNews), West Ham have come forward for Milenkovic and tabled an offer of €25m for the Serbia international.

He adds that Fiorentina are reflecting on this offer, while waiting for more advantageous proposals in the mean time that are perhaps closer to their valuation while Milan, it seems, are focusing on other targets.


Hammers up interest in Swedish centre-back

West Ham have reportedly upped their interest in FC Rostov centre-back Dennis Hadžikadunić over the past few days.

The 22-year-old, who came up through hometown academy Malmö FF, has piqued West Ham’s interest after a number of eye-catching displays during his short time in Russia.

He is claimed to be available for around five million Euros (£4.5m)

Though he’s represented Sweden at all youth levels, earlier this month Hadžikadunić chose to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina at the international level.

Born in Sweden, Hadžikadunić started his professional career at Malmö FF, who loaned him to Trelleborgs FF in 2018. Later that year, he moved to Rostov for £900,000.

Hadžikadunić signed a five-year contract with the Russian side making his competitive debut for the club against Dynamo Moscow on 10 November 2018 On 9 July 2020, he scored his first professional goal in a loss to Ufa and has made a total of 33 appearances for Rostov.

This time the news is reported by Norwegian journalist, Jonas Giaever

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