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Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid will make a move for Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba this summer, but they will need to offer more than £120m for the 24-year-old, who was a world-record signing when he moved to Old Trafford. (Sun)

But Pogba is committed to working through any differences of opinion with United boss Jose Mourinho. (Telegraph)

Pogba's struggles at Manchester United are down to the arrival of Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 29, at the club from Arsenal, according to the former Red Devils captain Paul Ince. (Mirror)

The wife and representative of Inter Milan captain Icardi, 24, is in talks to try to agree a deal with Manchester United, despite the striker being linked with a summer transfer to Real Madrid. (Corriere dello Sport via ESPN)

Liverpool are trying to get a deal agreed to sign Roma goalkeeper Alisson, 26, before the summer transfer window opens, but the Brazilian is valued at £62m and they face keen competition for him. (Sky Sports)

Alternatively, Liverpool could abandon their pursuit of Alisson and stick with German keeper Loris Karius, 24. (Telegraph)

England goalkeeper Joe Hart, 30, is ready to quit Manchester City and move abroad this summer after being dropped while on loan at West Ham this season. (Sun)

Malcom, the Brazil forward targeted by Arsenal and Tottenham, has confirmed he has an agreement with current club Bordeaux to leave in the summer. (UOL via Sky Sports)

The 20-year-old says he will choose which team to join when he leaves the French club. (UOL via Mail)

Former England captain John Terry wants to return to Chelsea in a coaching role as he plots a route to the top job at Stamford Bridge. The 37-year-old centre-back is out of contract at Aston Villa in July when his 12-month deal expires. (Mirror)

Tottenham may consider offers for Belgium international defender Toby Alderweireld, 28, this summer but are confident they will keep all the players they wish to retain. (London Evening Standard)

Spurs' latest contract talks with the defender ended in a stalemate. (ESPN)

Tottenham are considering activating an option to extend Erik Lamela's contract by a year. The 25-year-old Argentina forward's current contract expires in summer 2019. (ESPN)

Leicester City are interested in Borussia Monchengladbach and Belgium midfielder Thorgan Hazard, 24, brother of Chelsea's Eden. (HLN - in German)

Watford forward Richarlison, 20, has not ruled out a move to Chelsea in the summer. The Blues are considering a bid for the Brazil Under-20 international but could face competition from Arsenal and Tottenham. (London Evening Standard)

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos says Zinedine Zidane could still walk away from the Bernabeu at the end of the season, even if he wins a trophy. (Express)

Barcelona star Lionel Messi, 30, is set to be rested more frequently during the remainder of the season in an attempt to boost the Argentine's performance in critical games. (Marca)

Aston Villa have held positive talks with the new owners of Danish club Lyngby Boldklub about striking up a possible partnership. (Birmingham Mail)

Dutch legend Patrick Kluivert has advised his son Justin Kluivert, 18, who plays for Ajax, to turn down a move to the Premier League and consider playing in Spain. (Metro)

The wives of Argentina winger Angel di Maria, 30, and Brazil centre-back Thiago Silva, 33, have criticised Paris St-Germain manager Unai Emery after the pair were dropped for the 3-1 defeat by Real Madrid. (Marca)

Best of Thursday's gossip

Tottenham are willing to offer manager Mauricio Pochettino a lucrative new contract. The Argentine signed a new five-year deal in 2016 worth £5.5m a year. (Telegraph)

Real Madrid will sign Paris St-Germain's 26-year-old Brazilian striker Neymar in 2019. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Madrid will lead the chase for Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld. Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United are also keen on the 28-year-old Belgian. (Mirror)

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has agreed a deal to join Besiktas at the end of the season. The Belgium international, 30, is out of contract at the end of the campaign and could leave on a free transfer. (Fotomac - in Turkish)

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Jacob Steinberg

In devastating news for Manchester United fans, it seems that one of their top midfielders is likely to leave this summer. Get the emotional tributes ready as soon as possible because there are reports in Turkey that Marouane Fellaini has agreed a contract with Besiktas. Don’t all cry at once. Oh, and Paul Pogba is also off. The Frenchman will join Real Madrid for £120m after deciding that José Mourinho ain’t worth it. United will console themselves by signing Mauro Icardi from Internazionale.
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John Terry, who had a stint as Chelsea’s caretaker manager under the pseudonym of “Avram Grant” during the 2007-08 season, fancies heading back to west London to begin his coaching career when his one-year deal with Aston Villa expires at the end of the season. It turns out that the former England captain has designs on managing Chelsea one day. Maybe sooner than you think. Watch out, Antonio!

Monchi, Roma’s transfer chief, has admitted that the Italian club sold Mo Salah to Liverpool on the cheap. With that in mind, then, Roma hope that putting a huge price tag on Allison will deter Liverpool from signing the Brazilian goalkeeper this summer. No fooling them twice!

Excitement strikes! Alex McLeish is about to be named as Scotland’s new manager. That must mean England will appoint Steve McLaren soon. Or better yet, Sven.

Malcolm, who ended up staying at Bordeaux in January, plans to leave the French club this summer. But Tottenham might have a free run at the Brazilian as it seems that Arsenal have switched their attention to Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembélé. Arsenal are also keeping tabs on Luke Shaw, who is yet to agree a contract extension with United, but may face competition for the left-back from Chelsea, who are also eyeing Watford’s Richarlison.

Eden Hazard’s brother, Thorgan, won’t be starring for Borussia Monchengladbach for much longer if Leicester City have their way. Leicester are desperate to add the Belgian to their midfield.

And finally, Joe Hart will quit Manchester City and move abroad in the summer. Maybe not to Torino, though.


Lanzini brings tremendous news

Manu Lanzini reckons he’s ready to return and says he will be with the team again next week.

The brilliant playmaker has told the official website he’s on his way back and could be set for the Liverpool trip as his injury issues improve.

Various forecasts that he will be back for Anfield or Swansea the latest have been circulating now for a week or more with Adrian the last to claim he will be returning.

Now the man himself has confirmed all of that by declaring: “My injury is getting better every day and I expect to be back very soon.

“I’m training hard and I expect to go back with the team next week.”

And he added: “It’s great that Marko is back now. He is a very good player and we need him.

“I’m also looking forward to playing with Joao Mario. He is an important player and together we have good qualities.”

West Ham have been given permission to discuss a transfer with Hamburg winger Nicolai Muller, according to a report in German newspaper Bild.

The Germany international has won two caps for the national team and is set to leave Hamburg on a free transfer in the summer when his contract expires.

Both the Hammers and Southampton have been credited with an interest in the winger, who has played just 15 minutes in the Bundesliga this season, though he did score in that time.

Ironically, Muller has been sidelined for seven months with a serious ligament injury suffered celebrating a goal.

A goalscoring winger, West Ham have reportedly opened talks with Muller over a deal ahead of the summer as they look to bolster their attacking options.

Over the past two seasons, Muller has been involved in 25 goals in the Bundesliga.

Hamburg are currently second-bottom in the Bundesliga, only four points ahead of bottom-placed Cologne


Tottenham and West Ham on alert as Barcelona plan to sell Andre Gomes in the summer

Tottenham and West Ham have been placed on red alert by the news Barcelona want to sell Andre Gomes this summer.

The midfielder moved to the Nou Camp in 2016 from Valencia and big things were expected of him.

However the Portugal international has failed to sparkle for Barca and has been linked with a move away for the best part of a year.

Tottenham tried to strike a loan deal for Gomes last summer, while West Ham made an enquiry in January.

And now both clubs will be on red alert as, according to AS, Barcelona are finally ready to sell the 24-year-old this summer.

The Spanish giants are reportedly ready to cash in on Gomes so they can use the funds to bolster other areas of the squad.


Inter To Sacrifice Kondogbia, Joao Mario & Brozovic To Keep Rafinha

Three sales to keep one. This is the strategy of Inter, which according to TuttoSport, would include the sales of Geoffrey Kondogbia, Joao Mario and Marcelo Brozovic in order to keep Rafinha. Two are no longer part of the squad, but they’re away on loans with options to buy and could return to Milan before being sold outright.

The French midfielder went to Valencia in the Summer with an option to buy of 25 million euros which needs to be exercised before May 31st. Over the season, he’s put in some exceptional performances and Valencia seem to be convinced and will mostly likely trigger their option. Combined with the fact that Kondogbia himself is said to be enjoying life back in Spain, it’s likely to all go through. The Nerazzurri will be disappointed that could not get a higher price, but initial loan payment of around 6 million, plus the savings on his salary, of 7 million per year (contract renewed before his departure to 2021), helped the 2017-18 balance sheet a lot and so in total, Inter are not losing too much.

Joao Mario went to West Ham also on loan without a obligation fee. Inter paid 40 million euros for him two Summers ago and will hope that he does well enough in England to at least get a minimum offer of 30 million euros, or more if he performs at the World Cup with Portugal, similarly to when he won the EUROs in 2016.

Finally, the Croatian, Brozovic has a release clause of 50 million euros, which is widely considered an unthinkable sum for anyone to pay for a player of his standard. However the Nerazzurri would also be willing to let him go, if he attracts enough interest in the World Cup to raise the price a little. Inter could settle for 20 million euros, depending hon his performances in Russia, combined with savings in budget of around 3 million for his salary.

In order to keep Rafinha, Inter will need 35 million euros (plus 3 million in bonuses) to trigger their right to redeem clause.

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Queens Fish Bar 8:00 Fri Feb 16
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Mart O 2:34 Fri Feb 16
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tommythebubble 2:25 Fri Feb 16
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thanks Alan

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Takashi Miike 12:38 Fri Feb 16

Takashi Miike 12:38 Fri Feb 16
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Thanks Alan

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