WHO Poll
Q: 2021/22 What competition should we prioritise this season?
a. The league is our bread & butter, so this year let's have a club sandwich
b. We're owed an FA Cup after Gerrard nicked our last one in 06, our name's on it in 22
c. A bye to the League Cup 3rd round gives us a good start, let's make it count
d. The Europa is our best ticket to the Champions League, this is the one
e. What's wrong with you, let's do the lot, has the quadruple ever been done

Alan 11:54 Fri Aug 27
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City have agreed a deal with Juventus to bring Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 36, to the club. (AS - in Spanish)

Juventus want between 25-30m euros (£21-25m) for Ronaldo, with City expected to offer him a two-year deal. (Guardian)

The Italian club expected Ronaldo to stay but are keen to sign City's Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus, 24, as his replacement. (Sky Sports)

Ronaldo is demanding £510,000-a-week to join City, which would comfortably make him the club's highest earner and potentially upset other members of the squad. (Sun)

Juventus are interested in re-signing Italy striker Moise Kean from Everton on loan with the obligation to buy the 21-year-old next summer. (Calciomercato in Italian)

Liverpool have enquired about signing £40m-rated Mali midfielder Yves Bissouma, 24, from Brighton. (Express)

Wolverhampton Wanderers have rejected a loan bid for Spain winger Adama Traore, 25, from Tottenham Hotspur, as they are committed to keeping him. (Telegraph)

West Ham United are targeting CSKA Moscow and Croatia forward Nikola Vlasic, 23, as they look for alternatives to Manchester United's England attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard. (Sky Sports)

Watford have opened talks with Tottenham over a possible deal for France midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 32. (Fabrizio Romano)

Paris St-Germain are targeting moves for a number of players, including Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba, 28, and Borussia Dortmund's Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 21, as they prepare for a season without Kylian Mbappe. (L'Equipe, via Mail)

Real Madrid have made an improved £145m bid for France and PSG forward Mbappe, 22, after their initial offer of £137m was rejected. (Sky Sports)

PSG will target Everton's Brazilian forward Richarlison if Mbappe leaves, with the 24-year-old's agent already in Paris to discuss a deal. (ESPN Brazil - in Portuguese)

Manchester United have missed out on England Under-21 winger Noni Madueke, 19, after he signed a new contract at PSV Eindhoven. (Mirror)

Tottenham and England captain Harry Kane is in talks about an improved contract. The striker, 28, is hoping for a deal worth up to £400,000 a week after committing to stay at the club this season. (Times - subscription required)

Chelsea are close to signing Sevilla and France defender Jules Kounde, 22, in a deal worth £42m. (Sky Italia, via Star)

Meanwhile Blues defender Kurt Zouma, 26, will undergo a medical before the France centre-back's £26m move to West Ham on a five-year contract. (Sun)

Tottenham have opened talks over a possible £40m move for Juventus and United States midfielder Weston McKennie, 22. (Independent)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has ruled out the possibility of captain and Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaving the club. (ESPN)

Everton are interested in Brighton's 25-year-old French striker Neal Maupay. (Sky Sports)

The Toffees are also likely to make an improved bid for Sheffield United's England U18 striker Daniel Jebbison, 18. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester United will target a central midfielder before the transfer window closes, but may have to wait to move for England and West Ham's Declan Rice, 22. (Independent)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

While the mooted move of Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester City is certainly the biggest story in town, it is far from the only one as various clubs the length and breadth of Europe embark on last-ditch rounds of haggling, horse-trading and wheeler-dealing before the transfer window shuts next Tuesday night.

Some wayward finishing aside, Adama Traoré has caught the eye with his performances for Wolves against Leicester City and Tottenham, prompting talk of a reunion with his former manager Nuno Espírito Santo at White Hart Lane. Spurs are reported to have proposed a £5m season-long loan-to-buy deal for the winger which Wolves bean-counters have rejected out of hand, while it is no secret that Traore also has an ardent admirer in Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp.

Norwich City are in the market for a holding midfielder and are trying to convince William Carvalho to swap Seville for East Anglia. Unwanted by Real Betis, Carvalho is available for a cut-price £6m, but is reported to earn a weekly stipend of £82,000, the kind of wages Norwich simply cannot afford.

Daniel Farke has also been investigating the possibility of signing Mathias Normann from Rostov on a £2m season-long loan with a view to paying another £9m to make the move permanent if Norwich avoid relegation. The Norwegian’s Russian employers are insisting on the deal being made permanent regardless of which side of the thick black line the Canaries end up come at season’s end.

With Kurt Zouma on his way to West Ham for £25m , Chelsea are eager to sign Jules Koundé from Sevilla. The 22-year-old French defender’s contract with the La Liga side contains a £68m buyout clause but Chelsea are expected to have to pay considerably less to secure his services from a club who want him off their payroll.

Steve Bruce has made no secret of the fact he wants to send Matty Longstaff out on loan butwhile a raft of Championship clubs are believed to be interested in taking the 21-year-old midfielder, it now looks like he may be moving north to Aberdeen.

With Will Hughes due to complete his £10m move Crystal Palace on Friday, Watford are in the market for a central midfielder and are cautiously optimistic of agreeing a deal to sign Moussa Sissoko from Tottenham Hotspur. The 32-year-old Frenchman is unwanted at Spurs, who are similarly eager to offload Serge Aurier. The mercurial, occasionally hapless Ivorian full-back is currently being courted by French side Lille.

Liverpool are reported to have enquired about the possibility of signing midfielder Yves Bissouma from Brighton, who are under no pressure to sell having already banked £50m this summer from the sale of Ben White to Arsenal. Meanwhile in Paris, Richarlison’s agent is ready to spring into action and talk turkey with Paris Saint-Germain if the French side decide to accept Real Madrid’s offer for Kylian Mbappé. Everton, for their part, are eyeing up Brighton striker Neal Maupay as a potential replacement for any tireless Brazilian superstars they might lose to Ligue 1.

And finally, Weston McKennie has failed to impress Juventus boss Max Allegri and looks bound for the Premier League. According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, the 22-year-old USA international has already rejected a move to West Ham and wants to sign for Tottenham Hotspur. Everton and Aston Villa are also believed to be interested in the Texan, who Juventus value at £25m.


£25m star tells club he wants to join West Ham; dropped from starting XI on Thursday

Nikola Vlasic has told CSKA Moscow that he wants to join Premier League leaders West Ham United and was left out of the starting XI for Thursday’s clash with Zenit St Petersburg, as reported by Championat.

For Everton supporters, the sight of Vlasic running Scotland ragged at the Euro 2020 group-stages was not an easy one to stomach.

The Croatia international started just seven Premier League games for the Toffees before being farmed out to CSKA Moscow; one of the most exciting young attacking midfielders in Europe getting lost amid the constant churn and relentless upheaval during the early years of the Farhad Moshiri tenure.

Just to season those wounds with an artery-clogging amount of salt, Vlasic could soon be on his way back to England, desperate to prove that Everton were wrong to let him go.
Will Everton’s loss be West Ham’s gain?

According to the Mail, West Ham have entered talks with the 23-year-old play-maker.

Russian giants CSKA Moscow will not stand in his way either, provided someone pays the £25 million required for a man who has hit 33 goals across the last three seasons from central midfield.

“Everyone knows the situation around Nikola. He has said more than once he wants to start playing at a higher level,” CSKA coach Aleksei Beresutski confirmed a few weeks ago.

“This is completely normal. But Vlasic and his entourage must understand you have to pay for his transfer. Vlasic costs money – and not a small amount. “

A warning, then, to West Ham. Pay up or don’t bother.

According to Championat, Vlasic would welcome the chance to join a Hammers side who have won both of their games so far this season, topping the table while comfortably outscoring everyone else in the division.

Vlasic was dropped from the starting XI for CSKA’s crunch clash with Zenit last night too, after informing the club of his desire to join David Moyes’ West Ham side. Only coming off the bench in the second half when the Moscow giants were chasing an equaliser that would never arrive.

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