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Saturday 5th of May

 

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is eyeing a summer move for Napoli striker Dries Mertens. The 30-year-old Belgian has scored 45 goals over the past two seasons for the Serie A side. (Sun)

Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez has withdrawn his transfer request to leave Leicester - but the 27-year-old has not committed his future to the Premier League side. (Sky Sports)

Arsene Wenger's successor at Arsenal will be given a £200m transfer budget, with Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri the favourite to take over at the club. (Star)

However, both Arsenal and Chelsea are interested in Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim, who could leave the club at the end of the season. (Sun)

AC Milan want to sign Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini. The 30-year-old Belgian is out of contract at the end of June. (Corriere dello Sport via Talksport)

Everton winger Kevin Mirallas had his loan spell with Olympiakos terminated. The 30-year-old has scored two goals in 13 appearances this season for the Greek side. (Liverpool Echo)

Championship winners Wolves want to sign Southampton's English goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, 28. (Mirror)

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla says that the Premier League side have not offered him a new contract. The 33-year-old's deal ends in the summer. (ESPN)

Outgoing Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure wants to continue playing in the Premier League. The 34-year-old Ivorian will leave City at the end of the season after eight campaigns at the Etihad. (Manchester Evening News)

Crystal Palace are considering a move for Hamilton Academical and Scotland under-19 midfielder Lewis Ferguson, 18. (Scottish Sun)

Meanwhile, Palace boss Roy Hodgson says he has "no plans" to retire. Hodgson, 70, has one year remaining on his contract. (Evening Standard)

Peter Crouch says he will have to consider his Stoke future if the Potters are relegated from the Premier League. The 37-year-old striker signed a one-year contract extension in November. (Sky Sports)

Aston Villa defender John Terry says he will stay at Villa Park for another season if they are promoted to the Premier League. Former England captain Terry, 37, signed a one-year deal last summer after leaving Chelsea. (Mirror)

Former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard is ready to move into football management after working for his coaching badges at his old club. (Independent)

New Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has targeted former Liverpool team-mate Martin Skrtel, 33, as one of his first signings at Ibrox. Slovakian defender Skrtel currently plays for Turkish side Fenerbahce. (Daily Record)

Watford goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis wants to return to his homeland of Greece. The 30-year-old is said to be interested in a move to Olympiakos. (Watford Observer)





 

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Sunday 6th of May

 

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will insist on signing Chelsea's Brazil midfielder Willian, 29, if the Blues pursue an £80m deal for United striker Anthony Martial, 22. (Sunday Mirror)

Arsenal and Tottenham are also interested in France international Martial. (Mail on Sunday)

Mourinho is set to sign Lazio and Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, 23, in an £80m deal. (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is ready to sanction a £50m move for Ajax's 18-year-old Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt. (Sunday Mirror)

Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez is keen to join Arsenal. The 27-year-old Algeria international recently withdrew a transfer request but still wants to leave. (Sunday Express)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and Napoli counterpart Maurizio Sarri could replace one another in a summer switch. (Sunday Mirror)

Scotland left-back Kieran Tierney, 20, admits he is flattered by interest from Bournemouth but says he remains committed to the six-year contract he signed with Celtic this season. (Mail on Sunday)

Borussia Dortmund could abandon a move for Tiemoue Bakayoko because Chelsea want £53m for the 23-year-old France midfielder. (Sport 1, via Sun on Sunday)

Real Madrid are considering a bid for Paris St-Germain's former Barcelona forward Neymar, after being told the 26-year-old Brazil international would be happy to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo. (Marca)

Cardiff are keen to sign West Brom striker Salomon Rondon if they win promotion to the Premier League. The Venezuelan has a relegation release clause set at £16.5m, but Cardiff are likely to offer £12m plus add-ons for the 28-year-old. (Mail)

Stoke boss Paul Lambert says if Wolves bid £35m for England goalkeeper Jack Butland, 25, it would only be enough to buy one of his gloves. (Birmingham Mail)

Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke is a target for new Rangers boss Steven Gerrard, who wants to take the 20-year-old Englishman on loan. (Scottish Sun)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has told Paul Scholes and other members of England's 'golden generation' to follow Gerrard into management. (Manchester Evening News)

Chelsea's Spain striker Alvaro Morata says his debut season has been made incredibly difficult by a mystery pain in his back. (Marca)

Former Manchester City player Mike Summerbee, part of the 1967-68 title-winning squad, says Guardiola has "revolutionised football" in Britain. (Guardian)





 

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Tuesday 29th of May,

sorry, was gremlins in my machine.

 

Manchester City are closing in on a £75m deal for Leicester City and Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, 27.(Mail)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho fears they will be priced out of signing Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, with the Spanish giants set to put a £200m price tag on the Wales international, 28. (Express)

Fulham's England Under-21 winger Ryan Sessegnon, 18, will remain with the Cottagers - who have been promoted to the Premier League - next season, despite speculation that he will join one of Europe's top clubs, says owner Shahid Khan. (Times - subscription required)

Liverpool are ready to step up efforts to sign Lyon captain Nabil Fekir with talks over a potential £60m deal for the 24-year-old France midfielder set to start this week. (Goal)

Roma director of football Monchi says there has been no offer for goalkeeper Alisson. The Brazil number one, 25, has been linked with Liverpool, and reports have intensified following the Reds' Champions League final defeat. (Mirror)

Manchester United are monitoring Aston Villa's English midfielder Jack Grealish, 22, as they look to build for the future. (Sun)

Leicester City have opened talks with 31-year-old England striker Jamie Vardy over a new £120,000-a-week deal. (Star)

Manchester City have had a £39m offer rejected for Napoli midfielder Jorginho. The Serie A side want £52m for the 26-year-old Italian and City face competition from fellow Premier League side Chelsea.(Mirror)

Manchester United's English defender Luke Shaw, 22, could stay at Old Trafford and see out his contract despite failing to hold down a regular starting place last season. (Mail)

Juventus could allow striker Gonzalo Higuain to leave the club if they receive a right offer this summer, with Chelsea leading the race for the 30-year-old Argentina international. (Calciomercato)

Manchester City are ready to compete with Paris St-Germain for 19-year-old Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe. The France international was on loan at PSG last season but the Ligue 1 champions may be forced to abort plans to sign him. (Manchester Evening News)

West Ham are keen on Fiorentina midfielder Milan Badelj. The 29-year-old Croatia international is out of contract this summer but the Italian club believe he will sign a new deal. (Tutto Mercato Web - in Italian)

Atletico Madrid full-back Sime Vrsaljko says he is happy at the Spanish side despite reports Manchester United are braced to sign the 26-year-old Croatia international. (Sportske Novosti - in Croatian)

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, 31, has switched agents after being left out of England's World Cup squad. (Mail)

Newcastle have been offered the chance to sign Slovakian former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel, 33, from Fenerbahce this summer. (Fotomac - in Turkish)

Manchester United target Samuel Umtiti has revealed his desire to stay at Barcelona. The 24-year-old France centre-back says he will not leave the Spanish side unless he is "thrown out". (Sun)

An Egyptian lawyer has filed a 1bn euros lawsuit against Real Madrid and Spain defender Sergio Ramos for the challenge which left Liverpool's Egypt forward Mohamed Salah injured during the Champions League final. (Evening Standard)

Former Arsenal and France midfielder Emmanuel Petit says the Gunners will "go nowhere" unless they spend heavily in the transfer market. (Mirror)

Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman and his squad have been enjoying darts lessons from fellow countryman Michael van Gerwen. (Twitter)




Guardian Rumour Mill

Paul Doyle

Let’s start with the inevitable: following suggestions that Cristiano Ronaldo may be ready to leave Real Madrid, reports of a swap with Paris Saint-Germain for Neymar have surfaced as surely as worms after rain. You can see why such a transaction might suit all parties: PSG could relieve themselves off a burden without losing more face, Real would get a super player who might tone down his demands at a bigger club, and Ronaldo could continue scoring at an absurd rate and make daily trips to the Hall of Mirrors.

If PSG could countenance losing Neymar, being forced to pull out of the deal for Kylian Mbappé would be a painful blow. But that could happen, according to new claims. Earlier this month PSG’s big cheese Nasser al-Khelaifi said the club would not consider selling the extravagantly talented young striker even for £1bn – but the thing is, he is not yet PSG’s to not sell: he spent last season with them on loan from Monaco and although PSG have an option to turn that into a permanent transfer, word is they may have to refrain from following through on that because of financial fair play restrictions. In which case Manchester City will be ready to swoop. Yay, a Qatar-funded club beaten to a player by a United Arab Emirates-funded club, that’s what financial fair play is all about!

That UAE-funded club are also poised to prise Riyad Mahrez from Leicester at last, with £75m deal said to have been agreed. That’s just £15m more than City offered in January. If they’d gone the extra miles back then, maybe they’d have got that quadruple they pretended not to crave. Mind you, if they get Mbappé, Mahrez and Jorginho, the Napoli midfielder for whom negotiations are said to be advancing, then you’ll have to believe there’ll be a good chance that next season City will be able to beat Wigan Athletic.

Manchester United are monitoring what is going on across town and are considering responding by making a bid for Jack Grealish. United are also sniffing around Atlético Madrid full-back Sime Vrsaljiko.

Chelsea are also monitoring what is going on at City, primarily because they, too, are hoping to lure Jorginho. The west London club are also trying to prise Gonzalo Higuaín from Juventus.

Chinese whispers suggest that Claudio Ranieri is close to returning to England to take charge of Leeds United, no less.

And another old Premier League favourite is also being linked to a return, with Martin Skrtel said to be close to hooking up with Newcastle.

West Ham, meanwhile, are being linked with the Fiorentina midfielder Milan Badelj, who has impressed the London’s club recruitments with his attractive price, being out of contract this summer.

Finally, Raheem Sterling is considering having pasta with his lunch today but is waiting for the go-ahead from grubby newspaper editors.


 

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Wednesday 30th of May

 

Robert Lewandowski has told Bayern Munich he wants to leave the club this summer. The 29-year-old Polish striker has been linked with moves to Chelsea, Paris St-Germain and Real Madrid. (Bild - in German)

Manchester United will offer Real Madrid 140m euros (£121.8m) for 28-year-old Welsh midfielder Gareth Bale. (AS - in Spanish)

United and Chelsea are interested in Barcelona's Spanish 29-year-old left-back Jordi Alba. (Sport - in Spanish)

Maurizio Sarri has told Chelsea he wants to sign Inter Milan's Argentine centre-forward Mauro Icardi, 25, if he is made Blues boss. (Corriere dello Sport via Metro)

Manchester City believe they can sign Leicester's Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez, 27, for a knockdown fee of £60m - though it will still break their transfer record. (Sun)

The president of Italian third-tier side Rimini FC has offered to take Liverpool keeper Loris Karius on a year-long loan deal as a gift for his birthday, which is 22 June, so the 24-year-old German can "rediscover calm and his self-belief" after his Champions League final disaster. (Rimini FC)

Roma will demand 90m euros (£79m) for goalkeeper Alisson and plan to resist Liverpool's advances for the 25-year-old Brazilian until after the World Cup. (Guardian)

West Ham are in talks with Barcelona with a view to signing their 22-year-old Brazilian centre-back Marlon Santos. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

The Hammers are also keen to bring Genoa's 26-year-old Italian defender Armando Izzo to the club. (Sky Sports)

Real Madrid are favourites to beat Arsenal to the signature of Atletico Madrid's Uruguayan defender Jose Gimenez, and are set to activate the 23-year-old's £53m release clause. (Talksport)

The Gunners are weighing up a move for Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira. The 22-year-old Uruguay international has a 25m euro (£21m) release clause. (Calciomercato via Mirror)

New Arsenal boss Unai Emery is set for a backroom shake-up that could see Steve Bould and Jens Lehmann leave the Emirates. (Sun)

Inter Milan will have to pay 40m euros (£34.8m) for Barcelona's 25-year-old Brazilian midfielder Rafinha, who was on loan with the Serie A club last season. (La Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Lazio president Claudio Lotito said he turned down a 110m euros (£95.75m) bid for 23-year-old Serb midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. (Football Italia)

Tottenham fear that their hopes of signing Fulham's 18-year-old English midfielder Ryan Sessegnon will be damaged by Cottagers' owner Shahid Khan's bid to buy Wembley. (Evening Standard)

Meanwhile, Spurs are keeping a watch on developments concerning Southampton's English goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, 28. (Mirror)

Burnley want to re-sign English forward Jay Rodriguez from West Brom. The 28-year-old spent five years at Turf Moor before moving to Southampton in 2012. (Times)

Manchester City's English midfielder Phil Foden, who turns 18 on Monday, will be offered a new contract and will not be sent out on loan next season. (Telegraph)

Bournemouth's 26-year-old Norwegian striker Joshua King says he is unhappy with how his manager Eddie Howe used him last season. (VG via Independent)

Newcastle want to sign Fulham's 25-year-old English defender Ryan Fredericks. (Newcastle Chronicle)

The Magpies could also swoop for Middlesbrough's 22-year-old Spanish winger Adama Traore. (Yorkshire Post)

Leeds United's Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson, 27, is unclear about his future at the Championship club. (Fotboll Direkt via Yorkshire Evening Post)




Guardian Rumour Mill

Scott Murray

It was only a matter of time before a move away from the harsh glare of the spotlight was mooted for poor old Loris Karius. He’s been offered a season-long loan deal by newly promoted Serie C side Rimini. Their president has dressed it up as a present for the Liverpool keeper’s upcoming 25th birthday, and a chance for the jittery soul to “rediscover his serenity and self-esteem” in the arms of “a large family”. And to think just four days ago Karius was dreaming of becoming a European champion.

Liverpool meanwhile are wondering whether to spend the best part of £80m on Roma stopper Alisson. At some point during the post-Reina era, they’re going to have to bite the bullet.
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Manchester United are in for Karius and Liverpool’s nemesis Gareth Bale. He’ll cost £122m, an eye-watering sum even for United, so they’ll try to recoup some cash by offloading Anthony Martial. Bidding will start at £100m. Anyone?

No, nobody today.

Maurizio Sarri is already making plans for his reign at Chelsea, even though the gig doesn’t even exist yet, what with Antonio Conte still in office. The former Napoli boss would make Inter striker Mauro Icardi his first signing. Jordi Alba might become his second, though he’ll have to battle Manchester United for the Barcelona left-back.

Or will it be Laurent Blanc making these purchases? The former Bordeaux, France and PSG boss has been sounded out by Roman Abramovich as a cheaper option, his being a free agent and all.

Manchester City are still interested in Riyad Mahrez, and reckon £60m will be enough to satisfy Leicester now, even in this Bale-distorted market.

The new West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has already figured his defence is a load of old toot, and will accordingly fix it by bringing in Armando Izzo of Genoa and Marlon Santos of Barcelona.

And Tottenham have their eye on Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy. Where this leaves Hugo Lloris is anyone’s guess, but something tells us this could be a fairly active window for keepers, so opportunities won’t be too hard to come by should the worst happen.


 

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Thursday 31st of May

 

Manchester United are interested in signing West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic - the Hammers want £50m for the 28-year-old Austrian. (Sky Sports)

But West Ham say they do not want to sell the forward this summer. (Evening Standard)

United manager Jose Mourinho was spotted at Wednesday's friendly between Austria and Russia, which featured Arnautovic. (Vivaro News)

Chelsea are eyeing 29-year-old Poland striker Robert Lewandowski after he announced he wants to leave Bayern Munich. (Mirror)

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, 31, could be offered a contract by Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon as they look to replace Napoli-bound Rui Patricio. (Star)

But Hart could reject the offer which is short of his £120,000-a-week wages at the Etihad stadium. (Mail)

Liverpool have made an offer of 60m euros (£52.68m) to Lyon for their 24-year-old French forward Nabil Fekir. (Le Parisien)

And the Reds have Barcelona's 29-year-old Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen on their shortlist. (Mundo Deportivo)

Italy midfielder Jorginho, 26, is set to join Manchester City from Napoli for 50m euros (£43.9m) having agreed a five-year deal. (La Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Crystal Palace will offer Wilfried Zaha, 25, a new contract to ward off interest from Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool. (Guardian)

Aston Villa might need to sell midfielder Jack Grealish, 22, to offset the cost of missing out on promotion to the Premier League, with Everton and West Ham interested. (Mail)

Stoke City value their England goalkeeper Jack Butland, 25, at £30m with Leicester City and promoted Wolves interested in signing him. (Sun)

France coach Didier Deschamps has advised forward Antoine Griezmann, 27, to remain at Atletico Madrid instead of joining Barcelona. (RMC Sport- in French)

Arsenal are set to sign 17-year-old French midfielder Yacine Adli from Paris St-Germain. (Mirror)

The Gunners new manager Unai Emery also wants to convince midfielders Aaron Ramsey, 27, and Jack Wilshere, 26, to sign new contracts. (Sun)

Brazil World Cup winner Ronaldo is interested in purchasing Spanish club Real Valladolid for 30m euros. (O Globo - in Portuguese)

Everton could revive their interest in Crystal Palace's Dutch defender Patrick Van Aanholt, 27. (Daily Mail)

Meanwhile, the Toffees face competition from Monaco for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho. The 26-year-old Portuguese player almost joined West Ham last season. (Talksport)

Newcastle have been offered the chance to sign Stoke City's 28-year-old Welsh midfielder Joe Allen. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Fulham might have to pay close to £20m to sign Newcastle's Serb striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. The 23-year-old was on loan at Craven Cottage last season and helped the club win promotion to the Premier League. (Evening Standard)

Justin Kluivert - son of former Netherlands striker Patrick - might stay at Ajax despite speculation about him moving away from the Eredivisie club. The 19-year-old Dutch winger has been linked with Manchester United and Tottenham. (Fox Sports - in Dutch)

Kluivert has agreed terms with Roma, but they have yet to agree a fee with their Dutch counterparts for the Netherlands international. (Gianluca di Marzio - in Italian)

Southampton and Aston Villa are interested in German defender Tobias Pachonik. The 23-year-old is a free agent as he has yet to sign a new deal with Italian Serie B side Carpi FC. (Turkish Football)






Guardian Rumour Mill

Paul Doyle

José Mourinho was spotted watching this week’s friendly between Russia and Austria, and that immediately set tongues wagging about which player, in particular, he was interested in. Since Kevin Wimmer didn’t start and has just agreed to flee Stoke for Hannover, anyway, the obvious answer is David Alaba, who is gifted and versatile enough to solve at least three of Manchester United’s problem positions. But the word from more enlightened sources is that Mourinho was, in fact, running the rule of Marko Arnautovic, whose strength and spikiness makes him more palatable to Mourinho than callow youths such as Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

West Ham’s owners are not keen to sell Arnautovic but it is believed that they would be prepared to let him go in return for around £50m and the promise of a few thousand more followers on twitter.

On the other hand, maybe Mourinho wasn’t watching any player in particular and was instead doing some homework before he takes up his role as an analyst for Russian television during the World Cup. The Portuguese knows his performances on the screen are in turn going to be analysed far and wide and has apparently decided that if he’s going to move into punditry, then he’s going to do it properly. He’ll be damned if he lets the likes of Chris Sutton beat him in the vinegary naysayer stakes.

Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur are planning to offer a route back into the Premier League for Florian Thauvin, the French winger who is remembered by Newcastle United fans solely because he occasionally wore a tuxedo to matches during a stint at St James’ Park. Since heading back to Marseille Thauvin has reminded folks that he is, in fact, a classy player as well as a snappy dresser, and Mauricio Pochettino likes what he sees. You never know, Thauvin could become the new Moussa Sissoko.

You will have heard by now that Chelsea, meanwhile, are keen on Robert Lewandowski and Liverpool want Lyon’s Nabil Fekir. You may also be aware, somehow, that Liverpool are on the look out for a new goalkeeper. Roma have let it be known that they would have to fork out a world record fee to get Alisson, especially as Chelsea have also joined the chase. That is because Thibaut Courtois is said to be edging towards Atletico Madrid. If Liverpool put two and two together they may save themselves some money - not much, mind - and bag Atletico’s current custodian of the sticks, Jan Oblak. Barcelona’s Jasper Cillessen is also said to be on their radar.

Fresh from pledging his future to Huddersfield Town, David Wagner is rumoured to be keen to liberate Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke. Rafael Benítez, meanwhile, fancies taking Joe Allen to Newcastle. Everton are plotting a swoop for Patrick van Aanholt just to troll Sam Allardyce, who worked happily with the player at Sunderland and Crystal Palace but will never get the chance to do so at Everton. The Goodison Park outfit also want William Carvalho, who has been linked with English clubs for each of the last 437 transfer windows.

Aston Villa are hoping to replace John Terry with Tobias Pachonik, a German who is available for free after letting his contract run down at the Italian second-tier side Carpi. And finally, Brazil legend Ronaldo is contemplating the purchase of the Spanish side Real Valladolid, which is said to be available for less than the £26m that Spurs once paid for Roberto Soldado.



 

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Friday, 6th of june.

 

Real Madrid could turn to Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino - who only signed a new five-year deal with the Lilywhites last week - to replace the departing Zinedine Zidane. (Daily Mirror)

But Real are also keen on Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp, who guided the Reds to the Champions League final. (Sun)

Pochettino's new contract at Spurs does not include a release clause and chairman Daniel Levy is certain to fight hard to keep him in north London. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United's hopes of signing Gareth Bale, 28, look set to end, with the Wales international expected to stay with Real following Zidane's exit. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea will attempt to persuade Zidane to become their new manager. (Sun)

The Blues may also target former France and Paris St-Germain boss Laurent Blanc to replace Antonio Conte. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea say they will not meet the £7m release clause in Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri's contract. (Guardian)

Blues owner Roman Abramovich would want his £1.17bn back if he decides to sell Chelsea. (Times)

Chelsea have ended contract talks with Thibaut Courtois and are likely to sell the 26-year-old Belgium international. The Blues are considering Roma's Brazil international goalkeeper Alisson, 25. (Sky Sports)

Juventus have asked Chelsea if they want Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain, 30, as part of the Italian club's bid to re-sign Spain international forward Alvaro Morata, 25. (London Evening Standard)

New Arsenal coach Unai Emery wants to bring in 17-year-old midfielder Yacine Adli from his former club Paris St-Germain. The France Under-18 international has also attracted interest from Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid. (London Evening Standard)

Emery has a break clause in his contract at the Emirates that can be triggered after two seasons, allowing the club to dismiss him one year early. (The Times - subscription required)

Newcastle have been linked with 26-year-old Sassuolo defender Gian Marco Ferrari, who spent last season on loan at Sampdoria. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, 54, is close to joining former club Sporting as goalkeeping coach. (Correio da Manha, via Sport Witness)

Former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp believes his nephew, Frank Lampard, should sign his ex-Chelsea skipper John Terry, 37, for Derby. (Talksport)

Manchester United are looking to hire a first-team scout in France as the club continues its revamp of the scouting network. (Manchester Evening News)

But the Red Devils must wait 48 hours for Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 30, to decide whether he wants to leave the club. (The Times - subscription required)

United manager Jose Mourinho is interested in signing another midfielder - CSKA Moscow star and Russia international Aleksandr Golovin after watching him in his country's World Cup warm-up defeat by Austria. (Sun)

Bayern Munich will listen to offers for Jerome Boateng, 29, Thiago Alcantara, 27, Juan Bernat, 25, and Arturo Vidal, 31, as they look to trim their squad size. (Mail)

Plans have been submitted for a major new Liverpool link road aimed at providing access to Everton's proposed new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock. (Liverpool Echo)

Uruguayan businessman Juan Satori is set to become a minority shareholder at League One Sunderland. (Sunderland Echo)





Guardian Rumour Mill

Paul Doyle

Ah yes, the Mill loves the smell of hooey in the morning. So our nostrils are throbbing with glee at some of the claims being circulated in the wakes of Zinedine Zidane’s sudden departure from Real Madrid. Such as the one that would have us believe that if Real fail to prise Mauricio Pochettino from Tottenham, they will turn their attentions to Jürgen Klopp – and then, once they have convinced the German to defect to the Bernabéu, they’ll return to Anfield to nab Mo Salah, too. Less than a week after breaking Liverpool’s hearts in Kiev, Real are determined to finish the club off, it seems.

Assuming Salah does not spend the summer dicing with the issue of how to greet Sergio Ramos when they meet as team-mates on Real’s pre-season get-together, the Egyptian may instead be welcoming Thomas Lemar to Anfield, as Liverpool intend reviving their interest in the forward whom they tried to buy off Monaco last summer. Arsenal are going to try again, too, although given that they previously had a bid of €100m rejected, it’s hard to think they’re going to impress anyone with a transfer budget of £50m.

Still, Monaco are hopeful that a bidding war will drive up the price that Liverpool would have to pay because Bayern Munich and Chelsea are also said to be keen on joining the hunt. Chelsea, eh? It’s hard to see them spending big this summer if Roman Abramovich remains frozen out of Stamford Bridge but rumours of a transfer splurge persist, nonetheless.

Getting their hands on Gonzalo Higuaín seems doable, mind you, as Juventus are said to be willing to offload him in return for Álvaro Morata. Chelsea also reckon they could sign Arturo Vidal, who may be available for relatively cheap from Bayern. The manager who will work with these players at Chelsea will be Laurent Blanc, according to some. Or Zidane, according to others. But definitely not John Terry, as he’s off to become Frank Lampard’s No 2 at Derby, apparently.

By far the most interesting rumoured appointment could be about to take place at Elland Road, however, as Leeds United are said to be in talks about hiring none other than Marcelo Bielsa as their new manager. If that comes to pass, expect an electrified Leeds to take the Championship by storm. At least for a few weeks. But possibly for an entire season. Leeds are never boring.

Rafael Benítez, meanwhile, may treat himself to a Ferrari. Gian Marco Ferrari, that is, the Sassuolo defender who drove fans wild with his performance on loan at Sampdoria last season. Finally, with Bayern set to have a mini-clearout this summer, Arsenal fancy they may be able to pick up Jérôme Boateng on the cheap. Liverpool, again, have the same idea.



 

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Saturday 2nd of June.

 

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he would "have to listen" if Real Madrid ask him to succeed Zinedine Zidane as boss at the Bernabeu. (Mirror)

Argentine Pochettino has warned Spanish giants Real that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who is renowned for his tough negotiating skills, "bites". (Marca)

Levy will refuse any offer from Real Madrid for Pochettino this summer, says Spanish journalist and author of Pochettino's new book Guillem Balague. (BBC Radio 5 live)

Germany head coach Joachim Low has ruled out the prospect of taking over at Real Madrid. (ESPN)

Sporting Lisbon are actively seeking a transfer for William Carvalho, with Everton thought to be keen on the 26-year-old Portugal midfielder. (Sky Sports)

The agent of Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen claims there are "several" clubs interested in signing the 26-year-old Denmark international. (London Evening Standard)

Real Madrid's 33-year-old Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo wants to play for Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and would welcome a return to Old Trafford, says former England and Real coach Fabio Capello. (Goal.com)

John Terry is set to reunite with former Chelsea and England team-mate Frank Lampard at Derby, after the latter's appointment as manager of the Championship side. Centre-back Terry, 37, left Aston Villa after the club failed to gain promotion to the Premier League. (Star)

Liverpool and Germany midfielder Emre Can, 24, has agreed a four-year deal with Juventus and will have a medical with the Italian champions. (Calciomercato)

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp wants to meet Ousmane Dembele's mother in an effort to convince the 21-year-old Barcelona and France forward he should move to Anfield this summer. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Manchester United are interested in signing Gareth Bale this summer but have been given no indication that Real Madrid are willing to sell the 28-year-old Wales forward. (ESPN)

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann says he will decide his future before the World Cup, with the 28-year-old France international linked with a move to Barcelona. (FourFourTwo)

Former France and Paris St-Germain manager Laurent Blanc has emerged as a leading contender to become the next Chelsea boss ahead of former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri. (Sun)

Everton are leading a group of Premier League clubs in the race to sign Norwich's 21-year-old England Under-21 midfielder James Maddison, who was player of the year at Carrow Road this season. (Sky Sports)

Southampton may have to make 28-year-old first-choice goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who has only a year left on his three-year contract, one of the best-paid players at St Mary's in order to keep the Englishman at the club this summer. (Daily Echo)

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini will make Fulham full-back Ryan Fredericks, 25, his first signing next week, after agreeing a four-year contract for the Englishman. (London Evening Standard)

The Hammers are also in talks to sign 28-year-old Paris St-Germain and Argentina midfielder Javier Pastore in a potential £17m deal. (Sky Sports)

Leicester's Riyad Mahrez has appeared in publicity pictures for the club's new kit, raising hopes for Foxes fans that the 27-year-old Algeria winger - a £60m target for Manchester City - will stay at the club. (Sun)

Roma are already making plans to replace their 25 year-old Brazilian keeper Alisson, a target for Liverpool,with Bayer Leverkusen's Germany international Bernd Leno, 26. (Corriere dello Sport - via Metro)

Aston Villa will demand £40m for English midfielder Jack Grealish, 22, amid fresh interest from Leicester. (Sky Sports)

Manchester City are set to make a summer move for Valencia and Portugal defender Joao Cancelo, 24. (Manchester Evening News)

Juventus' Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini, 33, is expected to sign a new contract keeping him at the Serie A giants until June 2020. (Football Italia)

Leeds United are targeting former Marseille and Argentina manager Marcelo Bielsa after sacking Paul Heckingbottom. (Telegraph)

Birmingham have held talks with 23-year-old Danish defender Kristian Pedersen, who plays for Bundesliga 2 side Union Berlin. (Birmingham Mail)

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Sunday 3rd of June

 

Wales forward Gareth Bale, 28, will keep Manchester United waiting for a decision on his future until he sees who becomes the new Real Madrid manager. (Express)

Manchester United target Mateo Kovacic, 24, has hinted at a move away from Real Madrid,saying he wants more playing time. The Croatian midfielder started only 10 La Liga games last season. (Sun)

Cristiano Ronaldo told his Real Madrid team-mates before the Champions League final that he wanted to leave the club. The Portuguese forward, 33, has been linked with a move back to Manchester United. (Marca)

Meanwhile Real Madrid have ended their pursuit of Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, having made him their number one target following Zinedine Zidane's departure. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has emerged as Real Madrid's new target and is a big favourite among the Spanish giants' fans. (Express)

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini wants to sign English midfielder Jack Wilshere if the 26-year-old leaves Arsenal. (Star)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has made Paris St-Germain and Italy midfielder Marco Verratti, 25, his number one target. (Mirror)

Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique could become the new Chelsea manager after reopening negotiations with the Blues. (Sport)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery wants to make Sevilla midfielder Steven N'Zonzi one of his first signings. Emery signed the 29-year-old Frenchman - a former Blackburn and Stoke player - during his time in charge of the Spanish club. (Mirror)

Arsenal are also eyeing a move for Sporting Lisbon winger Gelson Martins. The Portuguese international, 23, scored 13 goals last season. (O Jogo - via Football.London)

Liverpool target Thomas Lemar looks to be on his way to Atletico Madrid. The 22-year-old France international is valued at around £90m. (AS)

Meanwhile Liverpool will meet with the agent of France forward Nabil Fekir on Sunday with a view to completing a deal for the 24-year-old Lyon player. (Mirror)

New Everton manager Marco Silva wants to sign West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic, 29, but Manchester United remain favourites to land the Austrian. (Sun)

Paris St-Germain and Argentina midfielder Javier Pastore, 28, may have to take a pay cut if he is to join West Ham. (Guardian)

Stoke City midfielder Badou Ndiaye will leave the Potters this summer, his agent has confirmed. The 27-year-old Senegal international has been linked with Wolves. (Birmingham Mail)

Winger Ramadan Sobhi, 21, could also be nearing the Stoke exit after being granted permission by the Egyptian FA to have a medical at Sunderland before the World Cup. (Stoke Sentinel)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed he would like to try international management in the future. (Manchester Evening News)

Watford say they will not entertain bids under £40m for winger Richarlison, 21, and will not sell the Brazilian to Everton for any price. (Mirror)

Brighton remain keen on Sunderland's Paddy McNair, after having an initial £2m bid for the 23-year-old rejected by the League One club. (Argus)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill expects to see 30-year-old defender Jonny Evans leave West Brom this summer. (Sky Sports)

The Baggies may also lose midfielder Jake Livermore, with Crystal Palace considering a £10m deal for the 28-year-old England international. (Sun)

New Derby manager Frank Lampard says he wants to become England boss in the future. (Sun)

Former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson says the Three Lions' quarter-final defeat by Portugal at the 2006 World Cup was the only loss that "shook him hard". (Telegraph - subscription required)






 

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Monday 4th of June.

 

Bayern Munich will keep tabs on Everton and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, 24, at this month's World Cup. (Sun)

Liverpool remain in pursuit of £60m-rated Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir, although reports of talks with the 24-year-old's agent on Sunday were premature. (Liverpool Echo)

Roma and Brazil goalkeeper Alisson, 25, will reject Liverpool in order to wait for a move to Real Madrid. (Marca - via Mail)

Arsenal target Stephan Lichtsteiner, the 34-year-old Swiss right-back who is out of contract at Juventus this summer, has insisted a deal to take him to the Emirates is not yet complete. (London Evening Standard)

New Everton boss Marco Silva is preparing a £30m bid for Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles, 24. (Sun)

Huddersfield are interested in signing AC Milan's Portuguese forward Andre Silva, 22. (Sky Sports)

Free agent Santi Cazorla, 33, is training with the youth team of La Liga side Alaves following his departure from Arsenal. The Spanish midfielder may also begin training with Villarreal. (London Evening Standard)

Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri, 26, has confirmed he will leave relegated Stoke this summer. The 26-year-old wants to sign for a Premier League club. (Aargauer Zeitung - via Stoke Sentinel)

Fulham will hold talks with head coach Slavisa Jokanovic about a new contract when he returns from holiday. The 49-year-old Serb has 12 months left on his contract. (Times - subscription required)

Besiktas are interested in signing Everton's Dutch midfielder Davy Klaassen, 25. The Turkish club want to take Klaassen on an initial loan deal. (Sky Sports)

Leicester and Southampton are tracking Lazio's Brazilian winger Felipe Anderson, 25, a rumoured £35m target for West Ham. (Tuttosport, via Leicester Mercury)

Watford are nearing a 10m euros (£8.7m) deal to sign Bologna left-back Adam Masina, 24. (Watford Observer)

Brighton will up their offer for Sunderland and Northern Ireland defender Paddy McNair. The Seagulls have had two bids rejected for the 23-year-old. (Sunderland Echo)

Brighton will battle Everton for the £5m signature of young Charlton defender Ezri Konsa, 20. (Mirror)

Real Madrid want to make a quick appointment to replace boss Zinedine Zidane after accepting defeat in their pursuit of Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. (Daily Mail)

A consortium of British businessmen are to launch a takeover attempt at Aston Villa with current owner Dr Tony Xia ready to sell the club. (Sun)

Arsene Wenger says he is unsure whether he wants "another crazy challenge" as the 68-year-old contemplates his next move following his departure from Arsenal. (London Evening Standard)

Wenger believes former Arsenal player Patrick Vieira will become a top boss - if he "sacrifices his life". (Mirror)

New Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is keen to sign young Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria. The 20-year-old was on loan at Sunderland last year. (Sun)

Fulham full-back Ryan Fredericks has turned down a new deal at Craven Cottage because he wants to be the highest paid player at the club. The 25-year-old now looks set to join West Ham. (Football.London)




Guardian Rumour Mill

Gregg Bakowski

Unai Emery has taken a long hard look at Arsenal’s wobbly spine and winced. It will take some fixing – and a £50m repair kitty probably won’t do the job. But in any case he’ll get to work doing what should have been done when the iron age was kicking off and finally sign a defensive midfielder who doesn’t have scissors for legs. His preference is for a reunion with Steven N’Zonzi, who has diligently been doing the dirty work for Sevilla since Emery signed him from Stoke three years ago.

He’ll have to argue his case with Arsenal’s head of recruitment though. Emery will likely be doing a lot of that this summer. You see, transfer guru Sven Mislintat would rather sign Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucouré. Now there’s a stormy relationship that could keep the Mill titillated this season.

Liverpool might not have won the European Cup but they’re making a very good attempt at consoling themselves by winning the summer transfer window. Having already landed Fabinho from Monaco for £44m to bolster their midfield, they’re inching ever closer to making Lyon captain Nabil Fekir their new £62m twinkly magician and plan to meet his agent to discuss how much lolly the playmaker wants.

And reports in Barcelona suggest that Jürgen Klopp would be willing to get his chat on with Ousmane Dembélé’s mum in an attempt to persuade the player that Anfield would be a more nurturing environment for the zippy forward than the Camp Nou. Oh come on! It’s rumours like that one that make you keep coming back. Meanwhile, Rumour Mill favourite and one time Liverpool target, Thomas Lemar, looks to be heading to Madrid if Atlético can persuade Monaco that a £90m valuation is a wee bit steep.

José Mourinho doesn’t want to be accused of being yesterday’s man again next season so instead of making full-backs his priority he will muscle in on the trend of signing creative sparks and dangle a cheque with £75m written on it outside the offices of the Parc des Princes in the hope that PSG will part with Marco Veratti. The 25-year-old creator will likely cost Manchester United £100m, though, so Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic might be a less costly alternative. And if United do sign Veratti or Kovacic, it might be Cristiano Ronaldo that they are threading passes through to instead of Gareth Bale because the Welshman is now keen to wait for Madrid to appoint a new manager before deciding on is future, whereas Ronaldo apparently told his team-mates he would be doing one before the Champions League final kicked off.

Riyad Mahrez is this close to joining Manchester City for £60m after Leicester began negotiations with City over the twinkle-toed playmaker’s proposed move to the Etihad. But Jorginho is only t h i s close to arriving at the Etihad after Napoli batted away a £40m offer for the midfielder who Pep Guardiola sees as Fernandinho’s future replacement.

Leicester plan to spend the cash they receive for Mahrez on Jack Grealish. And Aston Villa can already see them coming. They’ve taped a £40m pricetag to the midfielder and will accept nothing less.

Manuel Pellegrini wants PSG’s Javier Pastore at West Ham but if the club can’t make it happen he’ll be more than happy with Jack Wilshere instead. Pellegrini faces a fight to keep hold of Marko Arnautovic, though. Everton have joined the race to sign the forward but Manchester United are still out in front and would be the 29-year-old’s preferred destination.

Brighton are still interested in Sunderland’s Paddy McNair despite having had £2m bid for the defender flung back at them.

And Bayern Munich plan to keep tabs on Everton’s Jordan Pickford at the World Cup because they fear their injury-prone sweeper-keeper extraordinaire Manuel Neuer may be falling apart.



 

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Tuesday 5th of June

 

Leicester have revived their bid to sign Manchester City's English forward Patrick Roberts, 21, as part of the £60m deal that will take Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, 27, to the Premier League champions. (Telegraph)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino rejected the chance to become Real Madrid's next manager because he did not want to be seen as a mercenary. (Mail)

Arsenal are considering a move for Marouane Fellaini, the 30-year-old Belgium midfielder who will be out of contract at Manchester United at the end of this month. (Mirror)

The Gunners will hold talks on Wednesday with former Everton player Fellaini, who has an offer to move to AC Milan and a one-year contract to remain at United. (Times - subscription required)

Portuguese right-back Diogo Dalot, 19, will have a medical at Manchester United this week before joining the club from Porto. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool and Senegal striker Sadio Mane, 26, agreed a deal to join Real Madrid before Zinedine Zidane resigned as coach of the European champions. (France Football - in French)

Chelsea's hopes of retaining Eden Hazard have been strengthened by Zidane's decision to leave Real. The Frenchman had told the Spanish giants to move for the 27-year-old Belgium playmaker this summer. (London Evening Standard)

Zidane resigned over Real's plans for the summer transfer window. The club wanted to pursue Manchester United and Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 27, but Zidane did not. He was also frustrated his interest in Hazard was not supported. (Sun)

Sokratis Papastathopoulos is set to be confirmed as an Arsenal player in a £16m move from Borussia Dortmund - after the 29-year-old Greece defender turned down a switch to Manchester United, according to his father. (Radio 24/7 via Mirror)

Tottenham are not in talks with Manchester United over the sale of defender Toby Alderweireld, despite persistent rumours linking the 29-year-old Belgium international with a move to Old Trafford. (Football.London)

West Ham have had a bid of 38m euros for Lazio's Brazilian midfielder Felipe Anderson, 25, rejected. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Express)

Southampton are ready to activate Xherdan Shaqiri's £12m release clause to sign the Stoke City winger. The Switzerland international, 26, signed a five-year contract when he joined the Potters from Inter Milan in August 2015. (Mirror)

Crystal Palace are willing to sell Christian Benteke this summer, leaving the 27-year-old striker with an uncertain future with club and country after he was left out of Belgium's World Cup squad. (London Evening Standard)

Leicester are set to bid for Trabzonspor's 18-year-old Turkish forward Abdulkadir Omur. (Leicester Mercury)

Newcastle want to sell Senegal international Henri Saivet, 27, this summer after he spent the second half of last season on loan at Sivasspor in Turkey - but most of the interest in the midfielder has been about another loan deal. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Tottenham youngster Reo Griffiths is set to stay at the club. The 17-year-old scored more than 30 goals for the club's under-18s last season and had been tipped for a move to the Bundesliga. (London Evening Standard)

West Brom boss Darren Moore wants to keep James Morrison, who is out of contract at the end of this month, provided the 32-year-old Scotland midfielder can prove his fitness. (Express and Star)

Brighton will make an improved offer of around £5m for Sunderland's Northern Ireland midfielder Paddy McNair, 23. (Northern Echo)

Wolves target Felix Beijmo, a 20-year-old Swedish full-back, is set to leave Stockholm side Djurgardens, and has attracted interest from the Premier League and the Bundesliga. (Birmingham Mail)

Steve Bruce's future at Aston Villa is in doubt as the manager has still not been told by the club that they want him to continue following their Championship play-off final defeat by Fulham. (Telegraph)

Tomasz Kuszczak has been told he can leave Birmingham. The Blues rejected offers from Derby and Newcastle for the 36-year-old Polish goalkeeper during the January transfer window. (Przeglad Sportowy via Birmingham Mail)

Blackburn Rovers are considering a move for Oxford United midfielder Joe Rothwell, 23. (Lancashire Telegraph)

A giant poster of Manchester City forward Leroy Sane was unceremoniously ripped down following the 22-year-old's exclusion from Germany's World Cup squad. (Mail)

Liverpool owner John W Henry says top Premier League clubs should have a bigger share of overseas TV money. (Times - subscription required)




Guardian Rumour Mill

Scott Murray

The race is on to become the first signing of the Unai Emery era at Arsenal. Sokratis Papastathopoulos is the favourite, as the big centre-back is on the verge of completing a £16m transfer from Borussia Dortmund. But coming up quickly on the rail is Marouane Fellaini, who might favour a move to London over Milan. Papastathopoulos has reportedly snubbed José Mourinho to join the Emery revolution, so Manchester United fans can file this whole bundle under Swings/Roundabouts.

Claude Puel is still at Leicester City. His last roll of the dice involves sanctioning the transfer of Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City, but only if he gets 21-year-old winger Patrick Roberts in return. Roberts, who has been hoovering up trophies in Scotland with Celtic, would cover £15m of Mahrez’s £75m price tag. The Foxes also want Abdulkadir Omur, an 18-year-old striker at Trabzonspor.

Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool can come together as one in celebration of Zinedine Zidane’s recent resignation as Real Madrid manager. Zidane had been planning on a raid on the Premier League for Eden Hazard, David de Gea and Sadio Mané. But now? Well, the window doesn’t shut for another three months and there are still plenty of column inches to fill, so let’s rule nothing out.

In the meantime, there’s still a managerial vacancy at the Bernabéu to fill. Antonio Conte, Arsène Wenger and Max Allegri are all in the mix, though Real haven’t given up on Mauricio Pochettino quite yet.

Conte is still at Chelsea, of course. But he’ll be ousted in favour of Laurent Blanc any day soon, according to underwhelming reports.

Southampton don’t fancy another relegation scrape, and will sign rare Stoke City success story Xherdan Shaqiri for £12m … unless Tottenham Hotspur nip in first.

Crystal Palace don’t fancy another relegation scrape, and will offer Christian Benteke to anyone that’s interested. No takers yet.

And Cardiff City will announce themselves to the Premier League by signing Everton striker Oumar Niasse and Besiktas midfielder Tolgay Arslan.


 

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Wednesday 6th of June

 

Chelsea are close to appointing former France and Paris St-Germain coach Laurent Blanc to replace Antonio Conte. (Express)

Manchester United have made an approach to sign Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet, 22. The Frenchman has a £30.7m release clause in his contract. (L'Equipe - in French)

Ivorian former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is willing to join a top six Premier League club for wages of £1 a week, says the 35-year-old's agent. (Express)

Manchester United are concentrating on signing Tottenham's Belgium centre-back Toby Alderweireld, with the 29-year-old valued at £55m. (Telegraph)

Spurs plan to make a move for Manchester United's French forward Anthony Martial, 22, next week. (Mail)

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is at odds with the club's bosses over transfer policy just two weeks after taking charge at London Stadium. (Mirror)

American Peter B Freund, a minority shareholder in baseball's New York Yankees, is lining up a £75m bid to buy Championship club Aston Villa. (Times - subscription required)

Liverpool are considering a £10m move for Nigerian winger Moses Simon, 22, from Gent.(Liverpool Echo)

Leicester are leading the race to sign Norwich midfielder James Maddison, 21, with the Canaries likely to demand over £20m for the 21-year-old Englishman. (PA)

New Everton director of football Marcel Brands says the club will try to sell up to 12 players this summer. (Mirror)

Watford will refuse to sell £40m-rated winger Richarlison if new Everton boss Marco Silva makes a move for the 21-year-old Brazilian. (Evening Standard)

Zinedine Zidane quit as Real Madrid manager following a row with the Spanish club's president Florentino Perez over plans to sign Chelsea's 27-year-old Belgium forward Eden Hazard and Manchester United's Spain keeper David de Gea, 27. (Sun)

Leicester have opened talks to sign 30-year-old Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans, who is available for £3m after relegation from the Premier League with West Brom. (Mirror)

The Baggies have rejected a £4m bid from fellow Championship side Stoke City to sign Republic of Ireland winger James McClean, 29. (Birmingham Mail)

Meanwhile, Stoke have started negotiations with Wales midfielder Joe Allen, 28, over a new contract. (Mail)

Wolves are in talks to sign Valencia right-back Joao Cancelo and a fee of £35m is being discussed for the 24-year-old Portugal international. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham are all interested in signing 28-year-old West Brom and Venezuela striker Salomon Rondon, who is available for £16m. (Mirror)




Guardian Rumour Mill

John Ashdown

The Mill loves the World Cup. The history, the colour, the stories, the triumphs, the disasters … they’re all very well. But the best thing about the World Cup, of course, is that it’s Football’s Biggest Shop Window, a giant six-week Selfridges display crammed with unheralded Serbian centre-halves and little-known players from the South Korean leagues.

It’s a bit disappointing, then, with that cavalcade screaming into view, that Wednesday’s fluff largely focuses on a host of players who aren’t going to be there. Freiburg and Turkey defender Caglar Soyuncu is the latest name to interest the set-menu of super-clubs. On this occasion Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City are all in line for the strapping 22-year-old.

In other tug-of-war news, Manchester United and Barcelona have each grabbed an end of Sevilla defender Clément Lenglet and are heaving with all their might. He has a €35m release clause and will have the summer off having missed out on Didier Deschamps’ France squad.

Liverpool have long been monitoring Gent winger Moses Simon, who would have been part of Nigeria’s World Cup plans were it not for pesky thigh-twang. The Belgian club are asking for a mere £10m.

Salomón Rondón and his satisfyingly matching acute accents wants out of West Brom. Chelsea, Tottenham and (slightly more realistically, you feel) West Ham all have itchy fingers ready to trigger his £16m release clause. James McClean may also be leaving the Hawthorns, but the Baggies have told Stoke where to go with their derisory £4m offer.

Valencia right-back João Cancelo is a £35m target for Premier League new boys Wolves despite being unable to squeeze past 83-year-old Bruno Alves and into the Portugal squad. No prizes for guessing who his agent is.

Christian Benteke’s summer goes from bad to worse. Having been left out of the Belgium squad for the jamboree in Russia, the striker is now surplus to requirements at Crystal Palace

In Championship news: Leeds are on the trail of Vitória Setúbal’s Frederico Venâncio and Norwich are close to signing Emi Buendía from Getafe.

And Patrick Kluivert is on the shortlist for the manager’s job … at St Mirren.



 

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As if Yaya Toure will take a contract for £1

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On ‎6‎/‎5‎/‎2018 at 11:04 AM, spragga said:

Crystal Palace don’t fancy another relegation scrape, and will offer Christian Benteke to anyone that’s interested. No takers yet.

harshest thing I've ever read on PEN 😂 

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2 minutes ago, ninjabean87 said:

As if Yaya Toure will take a contract for £1

£1 basic with incentives... imagine the clauses in there

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Just now, kennethrhcp said:

£1 basic with incentives... imagine the clauses in there

Appearance fee: 200k

Signing on fee: 30m

Assist bonus: 100k

and so on :lol: 

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Thursday 7th of June

 

Lyon will allow forward Nabil Fekir, 24, to join Liverpool this summer - but only at the right price. (Mirror)

Liverpool are lining up a move for Stoke's Switzerland winger Xherdan Shaqiri, 26, who has a £12m release clause in his contract. (Star)

Manchester City could agree a £43m deal for Napoli midfielder Jorginho, 26, by the end of the week, with the Italy international's agent having flown to England. (Mirror)

City may move for Southampton's Gabon midfielder Mario Lemina or Real Madrid's Croatia international Mateo Kovacic, both 24, if they do not sign Jorginho. (Mail)

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah's representatives have denied offering the 25-year-old Egyptian to Barcelona. (Ramy Abbas Issa on Twitter)

Real Madrid will target Chelsea manager Antonio Conte after Zinedine Zidane's shock resignation last week. (Mail)

Tottenham will have to pay a club-record £48m for 18-year-old Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, who is also being tracked by Manchester City and Manchester United. (Sun)

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino says Roma goalkeeper Alisson, 25, has asked him about the possibility of a move to Anfield this summer. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris St-Germain have been offered the chance to sign Poland striker Robert Lewandowski but Bayern Munich will not sell the 29-year-old for less than £175m. (Bild - in German)

Liverpool have been quoted a price of £80m by Atletico Madrid if they want to sign 25-year-old Slovenia goalkeeper Jan Oblak this summer. (Mirror)

Arsenal have had a £26m offer for Portugal midfielder Gelson Martins, 23, turned down by Sporting Lisbon. (A Bola - in Portuguese)

Tottenham will fight with Chelsea for the signing of English defender Jamaal Lascelles, 24, who is rated at £45m by Newcastle. (Evening Standard)

Arsenal are close to signing 17-year-old France youth international midfielder Yacine Adli from Paris St‑Germain. (Guardian)

Brighton are confident of completing a £4m deal for Fulham's former Tottenham goalkeeper David Button, 29, this week. (Sun)

Newcastle are interested in signing Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, 22, but the Championship side want £40m for the England Under-21 international. (Chronicle)

Southampton are considering moves for Aston Villa forward Keinan Davis, 20, and winger Andre Green, 19. (Mail)

Crystal Palace are interested in signing £12m-rated Japan defender Hiroki Sakai, 28, from Marseille. (Evening Standard)

Newcastle have made a bid for Lille's 21-year-old Brazilian midfielder Thiago Maia. (Le10Sport - in French)

Watford winger Roberto Pereyra, 27, has been linked with a move to Torino, where he would join up with former Hornets boss Walter Mazzarri. (Harrow Times)

Championship side Leeds are in advanced talks to sign Uruguay striker Abel Hernandez, 27, from Hull on a free transfer. (Yorkshire Evening Post)

Derby manager Frank Lampard will sign former Chelsea and England team-mate John Terry, 37, on a free transfer if Rams captain Curtis Davies, 33, leaves. (Derby Telegraph)

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is close to agreeing a season-long loan deal for Liverpool's England youth international Ovie Ejaria, 20. (Sky Sports)

Newly promoted Serie A side Parma are lining up a move for Stoke's former England striker Peter Crouch, 37. (Calciomercato via Talksport)

Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira, 41, who was linked with the vacant role at Highbury, is close to returning to Europe as coach of Ligue 1 side Frillypink. (The Times - subscription)




Guardian Rumour Mill

Nick Miller

Is £80m a lot of money? Obviously, in the real world, it is. But is it really in the context of football? Around a third of the world transfer record? Is that a lot? In some contexts a tenner is a huge amount, so what’s £80m to football? The Mill brings this up because £80m is apparently the price Liverpool have been quoted to sign Jan Oblak from Atlético Madrid, a price that they have deemed too spicy for even them. Given that their other keeping target, Roma’s implausibly handsome Alisson, will also cost the prettiest of pennies, the Daily Mirror reckons Liverpool might do what they always seem to when stuck in the transfer market: give Southampton a call, and ask for Alex McCarthy.

Away from their hunt for a new goalie, Liverpool are sniffing around assorted forwards: Lyon are open to selling them Nabil Fekir, and they’re also kicking the tyres on Xherdan Shaqiri. The world’s first rectangular footballer is available at the cheap, cheap price of £12m, so presumably the logic is they don’t have much to lose, particularly if they stick him next to players a little better than Mame Biram Diouf.

Moving on to players with a chunkier pricetag, Robert Lewandowski is the top striking dog prowling around the gossip pages this summer, and naturally plenty are interested in giving him a home, Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain included. But, it will cost them: £175m (one hundred and seventy five million pounds), according to Bild, Bayern Munich digging in their heels and not budging on that price.

Interesting summer ahead for Tottenham. Toby Alderweireld seems to be on his way, so they’ll need a new defender or two. Matthijs de Ligt will cost the thick end of £48m from Ajax, while they’re also apparently keen on Jamaal Lascelles, but they’ll have to wrestle Chelsea for the privilege of paying £45m for the Newcastle skipper.

Even though Chelsea’s managerial situation is about as clear as a kale smoothie, they’re already getting to work on their deadwood. Danny Drinkwater’s short but not so sweet spell at Stamford Bridge looks done, the club perfectly happy to take a loss on the midfielder they paid £30m for, with Frillypink’s Jean Michaël Seri thought of as a much more pleasing prospect. Speaking of midfield sagas, Manchester City’s hunt for Jorginho is in danger of turning into one: they’re still looking to get that deal done, but if it goes belly up then Southampton’s Mario Lemina or Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovačić are alternatives.

With Aston Villa in quite the pickle, opportunists are circling: namely Newcastle, who want Jack Grealish, and Southampton, who are mulling over moves for Keinan Davis and Andre Green. Quite a situation for Villa, this: they need money, or at least to stop spending so much of it, and the older players are the ones on big wages, but the younger players are the ones that people will actually want to buy. On that topic, John Terry might be getting the old band back together and hooking up with Frank Lampard at Derby, should Gary Rowett take Rams skipper, Curtis Davies, with him to Stoke.

Some odds and ends: Brighton are after Fulham goalie David Button, Crystal Palace are looking at Marseille defender Hiroki Sakai, Arsenal are in for RB Leipzig defender Lukas Klostermann, and Steven Gerrard wants Liverpool youth Ovie Ejaria at Rangers.



 

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Friday 8th of June

 

ottenham are to test Aston Villa by making a bid for 22-year-old English midfielder Jack Grealish, who is valued at £40m. (Telegraph)

Spurs will end their pursuit of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, 25, after being quoted £70m to sign the Ivory Coast international. (Mail)

Manchester United will allow 27-year-old Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea to join Real Madrid this summer, but only if they sign Slovenia international Jan Oblak from Atletico Madrid. (Diario Gol - Spanish)

Gonzalo Higuain's claim that the Premier League "fascinates me a lot" has increased Chelsea's interest in the 30-year-old Juventus and Argentina striker. (Mail)

Manchester United and two unnamed Chinese Super League clubs have all made £35m bids for Benfica's Brazilian midfielder Anderson Talisca, 24. (O Jogo - in Portuguese)

West Ham are in talks to sign Brazilian midfielder Felipe Anderson, 25, who is valued at £44m by Lazio. (Sky Sports)

Meanwhile, the Hammers are in discussions to sign former Manchester City midfielder and Ivory Coast international Yaya Toure, 35, on a free transfer. (Mail)

Arsenal will look to further bolster their defence this summer by signing RB Leipzig's versatile German defender Lukas Klostermann, 22. (Bild - German)

Negotiations between Manchester United and Tottenham over Toby Alderweireld, 29, are deadlocked as the north London club want a fee in excess of £55m for the Belgium defender. (Evening Standard)

Crystal Palace will look to Marseille's Japanese defender Hiroki Sakai, 28, to solve their problems at right-back after missing out on Fulham's 25-year-old Englishman Ryan Fredericks. (Standard)

Liverpool are interested in signing Bayer Leverkusen's goalkeeper Bernd Leno, 26, but would have to pay £22m for the German. (Bild - in German)

Roma goalkeeper Alisson, 25, has asked Liverpool forward and Brazil team-mate Roberto Firmino about a possible move to Anfield this summer. (Talksport)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is unlikely to sign a left-back this summer, instead opting to spend his transfer budget on a back-up for 25-year-old Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku. (Independent)

West Ham have placed a £60m valuation on forward Marko Arnautovic, 29, with Manchester United interested in the Austria international. (Mirror)

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez wants a reunion with former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel. The 33-year-old Slovakian is free to leave Turkish side Fenerbahce.(Aspor - in Turkish)

Former Real Madrid and Spain defender Fernando Hierro has been added to the list of candidates for the club's vacant managerial role after the shock resignation of Zinedine Zidane. (AS)

La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid are battling to sign Santos winger Rodrygo Goes, 17. The Brazilian has a £44m release clause in his contract. (Marca)




Guardian Rumour Mill

Paul Doyle

Down-on-their-luck Aston Villa are facing up to the reality that they will have to accept reasonable offers for their best players. Soon it may dawn on them that their definition of reasonable needs to be downsized. And that unreasonable offers must also be considered. And that’s when Daniel Levy is expected to pounce. Tottenham Hotspur reckon Jack Grealish could be worth a punt, and while Villa are gabbling about £40m, Tottenham are thinking of offering about a fifth of that amount along with a pat on the head and/or a boot up the hole.

And good luck to Villa as they plead with Mike Ashley to go easy. Newcastle are said to be toying with the idea of making a bid for Jonathan Kodja, for a fee that would have Villa fans barfing into the nearest fireplace. Manchester United, meanwhile, are attempting to put the squeeze on Levy over Toby Alderweirweld but so far Spurs are holding firm, refusing to let go of the want-away Belgian for less than £55m, apparently. United are also trying to prise the Brazilian midfielder Anderson Talisca from Benfica but are finding that the price is being driven up by a pair of pesky Chinese clubs.

Sporting Lisbon could prove to be even more pesky to fans of English football because they are hoping to appoint Marcelo Bielsa as their manager, a development that would come as a shattering blow to anyone keen to find out what happens when a uniquely intense Argentinian technician tries to put a bit of oomph back into Leeds United. Still, if they miss out on Bielsa, Leeds may make a move for Mick McCarthy, an idea that is not without charm of its own.

Yaya Touré is said to be in talks about joining West Ham, a club that in February sacked its then-head of recruitment, Tony Henry, for suggesting the club did not want to sign any more African players partly because “they can have a bad attitude”. Meanwhile, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, whose attitude towards African players has been questioned by Touré, is said to be keen on signing not only Riyad Mahrez but also Southampton’s Mario Lemina, a tidy midfielder and a Gabon international, by the by.

Concussion or not concussion, Loris Karius is going to find it hard to keep hold of his starting place at Liverpool, especially if the club completes the signing of Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno, who is reputed to be available for far less than Jan Oblak and Alisson.

Real Madrid’s hunt for a new manager is turning into an undignified experience for the Spanish aristocrats. Seemingly thwarted in their efforts to lure Mauricio Pochettino, Max Allegri and Joachim Löw, they are now said to be giving seriously thought to appointing Míchel, who was a terrific player for them in the past but flopped as a manager of Málaga and Marseille.

Speaking of Marseille, the French club’s Japanese right-back, Hiroki Sakai, has caught the eye of Crystal Palace.



 

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Friday 8th of June

 

ottenham are to test Aston Villa by making a bid for 22-year-old English midfielder Jack Grealish, who is valued at £40m. (Telegraph)

Spurs will end their pursuit of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, 25, after being quoted £70m to sign the Ivory Coast international. (Mail)

Manchester United will allow 27-year-old Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea to join Real Madrid this summer, but only if they sign Slovenia international Jan Oblak from Atletico Madrid. (Diario Gol - Spanish)

Gonzalo Higuain's claim that the Premier League "fascinates me a lot" has increased Chelsea's interest in the 30-year-old Juventus and Argentina striker. (Mail)

Manchester United and two unnamed Chinese Super League clubs have all made £35m bids for Benfica's Brazilian midfielder Anderson Talisca, 24. (O Jogo - in Portuguese)

West Ham are in talks to sign Brazilian midfielder Felipe Anderson, 25, who is valued at £44m by Lazio. (Sky Sports)

Meanwhile, the Hammers are in discussions to sign former Manchester City midfielder and Ivory Coast international Yaya Toure, 35, on a free transfer. (Mail)

Arsenal will look to further bolster their defence this summer by signing RB Leipzig's versatile German defender Lukas Klostermann, 22. (Bild - German)

Negotiations between Manchester United and Tottenham over Toby Alderweireld, 29, are deadlocked as the north London club want a fee in excess of £55m for the Belgium defender. (Evening Standard)

Crystal Palace will look to Marseille's Japanese defender Hiroki Sakai, 28, to solve their problems at right-back after missing out on Fulham's 25-year-old Englishman Ryan Fredericks. (Standard)

Liverpool are interested in signing Bayer Leverkusen's goalkeeper Bernd Leno, 26, but would have to pay £22m for the German. (Bild - in German)

Roma goalkeeper Alisson, 25, has asked Liverpool forward and Brazil team-mate Roberto Firmino about a possible move to Anfield this summer. (Talksport)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is unlikely to sign a left-back this summer, instead opting to spend his transfer budget on a back-up for 25-year-old Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku. (Independent)

West Ham have placed a £60m valuation on forward Marko Arnautovic, 29, with Manchester United interested in the Austria international. (Mirror)

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez wants a reunion with former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel. The 33-year-old Slovakian is free to leave Turkish side Fenerbahce.(Aspor - in Turkish)

Former Real Madrid and Spain defender Fernando Hierro has been added to the list of candidates for the club's vacant managerial role after the shock resignation of Zinedine Zidane. (AS)

La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid are battling to sign Santos winger Rodrygo Goes, 17. The Brazilian has a £44m release clause in his contract. (Marca)




Guardian Rumour Mill

Paul Doyle

Down-on-their-luck Aston Villa are facing up to the reality that they will have to accept reasonable offers for their best players. Soon it may dawn on them that their definition of reasonable needs to be downsized. And that unreasonable offers must also be considered. And that’s when Daniel Levy is expected to pounce. Tottenham Hotspur reckon Jack Grealish could be worth a punt, and while Villa are gabbling about £40m, Tottenham are thinking of offering about a fifth of that amount along with a pat on the head and/or a boot up the hole.

And good luck to Villa as they plead with Mike Ashley to go easy. Newcastle are said to be toying with the idea of making a bid for Jonathan Kodja, for a fee that would have Villa fans barfing into the nearest fireplace. Manchester United, meanwhile, are attempting to put the squeeze on Levy over Toby Alderweirweld but so far Spurs are holding firm, refusing to let go of the want-away Belgian for less than £55m, apparently. United are also trying to prise the Brazilian midfielder Anderson Talisca from Benfica but are finding that the price is being driven up by a pair of pesky Chinese clubs.

Sporting Lisbon could prove to be even more pesky to fans of English football because they are hoping to appoint Marcelo Bielsa as their manager, a development that would come as a shattering blow to anyone keen to find out what happens when a uniquely intense Argentinian technician tries to put a bit of oomph back into Leeds United. Still, if they miss out on Bielsa, Leeds may make a move for Mick McCarthy, an idea that is not without charm of its own.

Yaya Touré is said to be in talks about joining West Ham, a club that in February sacked its then-head of recruitment, Tony Henry, for suggesting the club did not want to sign any more African players partly because “they can have a bad attitude”. Meanwhile, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, whose attitude towards African players has been questioned by Touré, is said to be keen on signing not only Riyad Mahrez but also Southampton’s Mario Lemina, a tidy midfielder and a Gabon international, by the by.

Concussion or not concussion, Loris Karius is going to find it hard to keep hold of his starting place at Liverpool, especially if the club completes the signing of Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno, who is reputed to be available for far less than Jan Oblak and Alisson.

Real Madrid’s hunt for a new manager is turning into an undignified experience for the Spanish aristocrats. Seemingly thwarted in their efforts to lure Mauricio Pochettino, Max Allegri and Joachim Löw, they are now said to be giving seriously thought to appointing Míchel, who was a terrific player for them in the past but flopped as a manager of Málaga and Marseille.

Speaking of Marseille, the French club’s Japanese right-back, Hiroki Sakai, has caught the eye of Crystal Palace.



 

Explain how grealish is worth more then Maddison ? 

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Saturday 9th of June

 

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah said he hopes to be fit for Egypt's first game of their World Cup campaign against Uruguay on 15 June. (Marca)

Liverpool's move for Lyon and France forward Nabil Fekir is in doubt because the Reds have hesitated on concluding the £53m deal following the 24-year-old's medical. (Telegraph)

Athletic Bilbao are prepared to make Manchester United's Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera, 28, their highest-paid player as they try to re-sign him. (AS, via Manchester Evening News)

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has rejected an approach from Jim Ratcliffe - Britain's richest person - to buy the Premier League club. (Mail)

Tottenham's England midfielder Dele Alli, 22, and Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen, 26, are set to follow 24-year-old England striker Harry Kane by committing their long-term futures to the club. (Mirror)

Everton's former England striker Wayne Rooney, 32, is moving closer to a move to Major League Soccer as he made a trip to the United States consulate in Belfast as part of his visa application process. (Mirror)

Liverpool will be able to sign 26-year-old Stoke and Switzerland winger Xherdan Shaqiri if they can agree the right fee with the Championship club, said Potters boss Gary Rowett. (Star)

Crystal Palace are considering a move for Scotland midfielder Stuart Armstrong, 26, who is going into the last year of his contract at Celtic. (Express)

Real Madrid are willing to pay £307m to persuade Paris St-Germain to forgo a release clause in the contract of Brazil forward Neymar, 26. (Sun)

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has emerged as Real Madrid's prime target to succeed Zinedine Zidane. (Express)

Manchester United had been linked with 24-year-old Brazilian midfielder Talisca - but he has joined Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande on loan until January 2019 from Benfica.(Sun)

Premier League newcomers Wolves could sign 30-year-old Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patricio, who has terminated his contract at Sporting Lisbon. (Express & Star)

England centre-back John Stones says that his Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has told him he can "call him or text him whenever I need to - 24 hours a day" during the World Cup. (Guardian)

Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand says "it was Frillypink" England manager Gareth Southgate "had the respect to call" him about his World Cup omission - but the 28-year-old still feels he should be going to Russia based on his statistics and "on individual comparisons". (Mail)

Wes Morgan, 34, will retain the Leicester City captaincy even though the Jamaica defender will play less following the £3.5m arrival of 30-year-old Northern Ireland centre-back Jonny Evans from West Brom. (Leicester Mercury)

Aberdeen are set to offer former Scotland striker Kenny Miller a one-year deal after the 38-year-old's third stint at Rangers. (Daily Record)

Everton's Spanish keeper Joel Robles, 27, is leaving after five years at Goodison Park. (Liverpool Echo)

Leeds United have taken advantage of the uncertainty over Aston Villa's financial predicament by seeing whether manager Steve Bruce is interested in a switch to Elland Road. (Telegraph)

Nottingham Forest are close to signing two 21-year-old Portuguese players from Benfica - forward Diogo Goncalves and midfielder Joao Carvalho. (Nottingham Post)

Preston are close to signing 24-year-old Shamrock Rovers and Republic of Ireland striker Graham Burke. (Lancashire Post)

 

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Sunday 10th of June

 

Borussia Dortmund and Germany midfielder Mario Gotze, 26, will not rule out the possibility of a reunion with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. (DAZN, via Independent)

Lyon pulled out of a deal to sell Nabil Fekir to Liverpool after the Reds reportedly tried to get the 24-year-old France playmaker for a reduced fee following the results of his medical. (Sunday Mirror)

Liverpool are set to bid £15m for 26-year-old Burnley and England goalkeeper Nick Pope. (Sun on Sunday)

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is being considered by Leicester City as a possible replacement for Claude Puel. (Sun on Sunday)

Real Madrid have offered forward Cristiano Ronaldo a contract worth £28.5m a year but it may not be enough the 33-year-old Portugal international at the Bernabeu. (Cadena COPE, via Sunday Express)

Stoke's Switzerland winger Xherdan Shaqiri, 26, has remained coy over his future and has not ruled out a move to Liverpool. (Metro)

Arsenal are ready to move for Sampdoria's 22-year-old Uruguayan defensive midfielder Lucas Torreira. (Calciomercato Sampdoria, via Star on Sunday)

Manchester City may switch their attention to Frillypink and Ivory Coast midfielder Jean Michael Seri, 26, as Napoli refuse to budge on their £60m valuation of 26-year-old Italy international Jorginho. (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester United have been linked with Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic but the 23-year-old Serbia international says he will decide "where to continue my career" after the World Cup in Russia. (Mail on Sunday)

Tottenham are considering a move for Aston Villa's 22-year-old former England Under-21 midfielder Jack Grealish. (Sky Sports)

Wolves are to step up their preparations for a return to the Premier League with a move for 18-year-old French defender Imrane Bouchema, who is available on a free transfer after leaving Tours. (L'Equipe, via Birmingham Mail)

West Brom have made a £10m double bid to sign Bristol City's English attacker Bobby Reid, 25, and 26-year-old Brentford and St Kitts and Nevis midfielder Romaine Sawyers as they prepare for the Championship. (Sunday Telegraph)

Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba, 25, has been warned he had "better stay" by one of the club's most famous fans - former sprinter Usain Bolt. (Manchester Evening News)

Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah has not forgiven Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos after the Spaniard's challenge forced him off during the Champions League final. (Marca, via Mail on Sunday)

Everton director of football Marcel Brands is confident the Toffees can avoid the problems they had in the transfer market last summer - and says the club's youth academy will play a prominent role in future transfer planning. (Liverpool Echo)

Aston Villa will hold talks over their financial problems this week, with the Championship club facing a £4.5m tax and wages bill later this month and under pressure to reduce their wage bill by £15m. (Sunday Telegraph)

England have kept clean sheets against Brazil and Germany in recent matches and Manchester City defender John Stones, 24, says "maybe people need to do a bit more research and stop judging us too much" over concerns about the team's defence. (Observer)
 

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Monday 11th of June

 

Lyon and France midfielder Nabil Fekir, 24, was so convinced his move to Liverpool would be completed he had already picked his shirt number. (L'Equipe, via Star)

Roma goalkeeper Alisson, 25, is "very happy" at Roma despite Liverpool's interest, says his Brazil goalkeeping coach Claudio Tafferel. (Tele Radio Stereo, via Liverpool Echo)

Paris St-Germain are interested in signing Chelsea's 27-year-old France midfielder N'Golo Kante, whose agent has met the Ligue 1 champions' sporting director. (Paris United, via Sun)

Serie A giants Inter Milan could make a move for Chelsea and Italy defender Davide Zappacosta, 26. (Tuttosport, via Football.London)

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Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale, 28, will stay at the Spanish club until a new manager is appointed despite interest from Manchester United. (Independent)

Arsenal are closing in on a deal for Freiburg and Turkey centre-back Caglar Soyuncu. The 22-year-old's agent confirmed talks have been held. (Turkish Football, via Sun)

Barcelona left-back Joel Lopez, 15, has agreed terms with Arsenal. (Sport)

Italian champions Juventus are set to move for Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere, 26, who continues to mull over a new deal with the Gunners. (Football.London)

Chelsea have made contact with Roma over a potential deal for 27-year-old Italian midfielder Alessandro Florenzi. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

The Blues and Liverpool are set to compete for Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, 29. The Dutchman wants to secure first-team football after a year serving as 26-year-old Germany international Marc-Andre ter Stegen's back-up at the Nou Camp. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Manchester United target Marko Arnautovic has cast doubt over his future at West Ham saying no talks have taken place at London Stadium. However, the 29-year-old Austria forward added he is "happy". (Sky Austria, via Mirror)

Italy centre-back Leonardo Bonucci, 31, says "there is no problem whatsoever" at AC Milan after being linked with a move to Manchester United. (Sky Sport Italia, via Mail)

Real Madrid are preparing a £132m bid for Lazio and Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The 23-year-old interests Manchester United. (Il Messagero, via Express)

Newcastle are unlikely to move for Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, despite rating the 22-year-old former Englishman - who is valued at £30m - highly. (Chronicle)

However, the Magpies are considering a move for 28-year-old West Brom and Venezuela striker Salomon Rondon, who has a £16m release clause at The Hawthorns. (Northern Echo)

Everton, Fulham and Leicester want Norwich's England Under-21 midfielder James Maddison. The 21-year-old is rated at £25m. (Mirror)

Brighton, Crystal Palace, Southampton and West Brom have all expressed an interest in signing 26-year-old Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong, with the Scot keen on a move to the Premier League. (Record)

Wolves are preparing a bid for Sunderland's 23-year-old Northern Ireland international Paddy McNair, who can play in defence or midfield. (Northern Echo)

Premier League newcomers Wolves are also interested in Leeds' English goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell, 21. (Birmingham Mail)

Leeds are lining up a bid for 26-year-old Derby and Czech Republic striker Matej Vydra, who the Rams may need to offload to meet financial fair play requirements. (Mail)

Slaven Belupo defender Nikola Katic, 21, is close to joining Spartak Moscow, despite Rangers' interest in the Croat. (Record)

Rangers are set to finalise a move for Brighton's Englishdefender Connor Goldson, 25, within the next 48 hours. (Glasgow Evening Times)

Wolves want to sign Benfica and Mexico attacker Raul Jimenez, 27, on loan. (Record - in Portuguese)

Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton are interested in Wigan's 16-year-old striker Joe Gelhardt, who has represented England Under-16s.


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He has had scouts purring far and wide, and now Real Madrid are intent on following up their interest in Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, the Serbia midfielder set to shine in Russia this summer. Real are threatening to dangle a monstrous £132m under the noses of Lazio in order to get their man, ahead of Manchester United. Any deal for the 23-year-old will doubtless line the pockets of his agent, the former Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman.

United have been thwarted in their attempts to sign Leonardo Bonucci too, with the Milan defender reaffirming his commitment to the Serie A club, while Gareth Bale is still umming and ahhing over whether to stay at Real, with the forward adamant he will only make a final decision over his future once it becomes clear who will replace the irreplaceable in the dugout. Liverpool are a little down in the dumps too after Nabil Fekir’s move to Anfield broke down at the eleventh hour. To get their transfer fix, Jürgen Klopp and José Mourinho will go head-to-head for Wigan Athletic’s 16-year-old striker Joe Gelhardt, an England youth international.


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Chelsea, meanwhile, have a fight on their hands to keep hold of N’Golo Kanté, with Thomas Tuchel and Paris Saint-Germain circling. The Frenchman’s agent has reportedly met with Antero Henrique, the PSG sporting director in the past weeks and Tuchel has aspirations of beefing up his midfield with Kanté and Julian Weigl, who played under him at Borussia Dortmund. If that doesn’t whet the appetite, then Newcastle United activating the £16m release clause in Salomón Rondón’s West Bromwich Albion contract surely will. And it is a matter of when – not if – James Maddison departs Norwich, with Everton, Fulham and Leicester happy to pay over the odds, circa £20m to land the 21-year-old.

Down in the doldrums of the Championship, Leeds United intend to bolster their faltering front-line by signing Derby County’s Matej Vydra, while West Brom are lining up a good old-fashioned triple swoop. They want Bristol City’s Bobby Reid, Brentford’s Romaine Sawyers and the Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong, though they face competition from Crystal Palace for the latter. And Wolves are determined to re-announce themselves on the big stage, by tussling with Brighton for Sunderland’s £5m-rated Paddy McNair.

 

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Tuesday 12th of June.

Bit late today, some storys are already out of date, ie real madrid have announced a new manager, f**king sue me, haha

 

Real Madrid have made contact with former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas about succeeding Zinedine Zidane as manager. (RMC Sport - in French)

Having secured Mauricio Pochettino and Harry Kane on long-term contracts, Tottenham are set to agree a new deal with England international Dele Alli, 22, worth £100,000 a week. (London Evening Standard)

Liverpool are unlikely to make an approach to sign Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson, 25, from Roma. (Sky Sports)

Alisson wants his future resolved before Brazil begin their World Cup campaign against Switzerland on Sunday. (ESPN)

Italy midfielder Jorginho, 26, is happy to remain at Napoli but a move to Manchester City is an "opportunity of a lifetime" for the player, according to his agent. (TuttoMercatoWeb via Four Four Two)

Arsenal are in talks to sign Sampdoria's £22m defensive midfielder Lucas Torreira, 22, who is playing for Uruguay at the World Cup. (Mail)

Fiorentina have increased the asking price of Italy international midfielder Federico Chiesa, 20, to £62m - amid interest from Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Talksport)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho wants one more signing before the World Cup and could revive a move for Tottenham's £50m-rated Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld. (Sun)

However, Manchester United scouts are not convinced about Alderweireld and are considering alternatives, according to a high-level source at the club. (Manchester Evening News)

England Under-21 international goalkeeper Dean Henderson, 21, thought to be a target for Arsenal and Chelsea, is set to sign a new contract at Manchester United. (Mail)

Manchester United's new right-back Diogo Dalot has been spotted on crutches at an event in Manchester. (Express)

Manchester United have no plans to sign Juventus' Brazil defender Alex Sandro, 27, this summer but are in the market for a new left-back if the right option becomes available. (Manchester Evening News)

Liverpool will step up their efforts to land Switzerland's Stoke midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, 26, when he returns from the World Cup. (Mirror)

Tottenham have emerged as contenders in the race for Barcelona midfielder Rafinha. The 25-year-old spent last season on loan at Inter Milan but the Italian club are not expected to pay the £30.8m needed to sign the Brazil international permanently by 30 June. (Talksport)

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce could leave the club - and the 57-year-old could be sacked in any case by owner Tony Xia. (Star)

CSKA Moscow are willing to sell Arsenal target Aleksandr Golovin this summer but are likely to want at least 25m euros for the 22-year-old Russia international. (Calciomercato)

West Ham must pay nearly £7m to sign Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, 33, having had an opening bid rejected last week as part of a double offer that included defender Alfie Mawson, 24. (Sun)

Wolves are closing in on the signing of Benfica's Mexican forward Raul Jimenez, 27, on a season-long loan. (Sky Sports)

Everton are expected to make the opening offer in the race to sign Norwich midfielder James Maddison. Norwich are expected to ask at least £20m for the 21-year-old, having turned down a £12m bid from West Ham in January. (Guardian)

Sunderland are demanding £7m for Northern Ireland international Paddy McNair after Premier League newcomers Wolves expressed an interest in the 23-year-old, the subject of a £3.5m bid from Brighton. (Northern Echo)


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Several Premier League clubs are circling like vultures over central Portugal, ready to feast upon the carcass of Sporting. The Iberian giants have been thrown into chaos as half their team attempt to terminate their contracts having being attacked at their training ground by what the Mirror refers to as “masked thugs”, enraged by their team’s failure to qualify for the Champions League, and if the players get their way a lot of totally free talent will suddenly become available. The goalkeeper Rui Patricio, who had previously been close to a £15.8m transfer to Wolves, might now conclude a free transfer to Wolves, while Arsenal are said to be interested in Gelson Martins, Bruno Fernandes has been watched by Liverpool, William Carvalho has been linked with West Ham and Everton in the past and Bas Dost is entertainingly tall. Also on his way from Portugal is Raúl Jiménez, Benfica’s Mexican striker, who is about to join Wolves on a season-long loan.

Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United, plus Napoli and Internazionale, are all ready to battle for the 20-year-old Fiorentina ace Federico “son of Enrico” Chiesa, who has been priced at £62m by his club after a season of superlative wingplay that would probably have earned him a place in his country’s World Cup squad if only they had one. Inter are unwilling to meet that price but are hoping to tempt La Viola with a crafty player swap arrangement, with the Brazilian left-back Dalbert, the teenage forward Yann Karamoh and the 19-year-old Italian defender Federico Valietti all on the table, making this very much the moment for a cash-rich English team to swoop.

Arsenal aren’t as cash-rich as most, which is why they are currently locked in talks over Sampdoria’s midfielder Lucas Torreira rather than already back home with the Uruguayan’s signature. “Lucas has a release clause, everybody knows it,” said the Italian club’s president, Massimo Ferrero. “Whoever wants to take him will have to work with that release clause, €25m.” Arsenal have worked quite hard with that release clause, have chopped it into several chunks and are now offering to pay it in instalments, so as to leave themselves with a bit more cash to go bargain-hunting in the summer sales.

Liverpool’s young midfielder Marko Grujic could meanwhile be heading to one of Enrico Chiesa’s old clubs (there are quite a few) in the shape of Lazio, who would like to play him alongside his hotly-tipped occasional Serbia team-mate Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, while Liverpool’s young striker Harry Wilson is wanted by Fulham and Huddersfield, both of whom would pay up to £7m for his services.


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In further Liverpool-related news, the club has “received initial encouragement” from Xherdan Shaqiri’s representatives and will press ahead with a £12m transfer once Switzerland are eliminated from the World Cup, according to the Mirror. Meanwhile the Roma goalkeeper Alisson says his future “will be resolved before the start of the World Cup, or at least that is what I hope”. At least one of Roma’s big players is leaving – Tuesday’s Gazzetta dello Sport leads with Radja Nainggolan, shown with mocked-up blue-and-black Mohican, agreeing to join Internazionale. Tuttosport meanwhile lead with news of Aleksandr Golovin, who is wanted by Juventus for £17.5m, and declare that Carlos Bacca has delivered the 23-year-old Villarreal winger Samu Castillejo to Milan, who he will join in a player exchange deal, with Bacca heading to Spain.

Marco Silva has told Wayne Rooney that the former England ace is no longer needed at Everton and intends to replace him with the much-coveted £25m-rated Norwich midfielder James Maddison, who is also wanted by Leicester and Fulham. West Ham meanwhile have been told they can have Swansea’s Lukasz Fabianski, but only if they nearly double their opening bid to £7m.

Finally an Aston Villa armageddon update, and it looks like Steve Bruce is on his way: the Star exclusively reveal that “the club’s Chinese owner, Dr Tony Xia, may decide to sack Steve Bruce. But if he doesn’t, the 57-year-old could walk out anyway”. The Express goes a stage further, saying that not only will Bruce depart, he “could end up at Leeds”.

 

 

 

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Wolves at it again with them dodgy loan deals lol.

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@spragga… you can't get us hooked & then leave us hanging for the news for nearly 2 days 😋

 

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