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Alan 12:03 Tue May 28
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Belgium's former Everton manager Roberto Martinez is Barcelona's first option if Ernesto Valverde does not continue in charge of the Spanish champions. (RAC 1 - in Spanish)

Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman, former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and Arsenal manager Unai Emery are among the replacements being considered to replace Valverde. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Spain defender Sergio Ramos, 33, has asked Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to let him leave the club for China. (LaSexta - in Spanish)

Meanwhile, Perez has told Spanish radio he is "hopeful" Chelsea's Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard, 28, will sign for the La Liga club this summer. (Mail)

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has agreed terms with Juventus that would earn him a £1.2m-a-year pay rise. (Mail)

Barcelona winger Malcom could be on his way out of the Catalan giants, 12 months after signing from Bordeaux. The 22-year-old Brazilian was linked with a loan switch to Tottenham and Everton in the January transfer window. (Sport via Star)

Juventus' 25-year-old Argentina forward Paulo Dybala has confirmed he wants to remain with the Serie A champions next season, despite being linked with a move to Manchester United. (Independent)

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has revealed he thought he was going to complete a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur last summer when Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino tried to sign the boyhood Villa fan. (Talksport)

Arsenal have made contact with AC Milan over the transfer of 20-year-old Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. (Tutto Mercato Web via Star)

Real Madrid must pay Paris St-Germain's 27-year-old Brazil forward Neymar £1.2m a week in order to take him to the Bernabeu. (AS via Mail)

Real Madrid need to raise 300m euros in player sales this summer. (Marca)

Eintracht Frankfurt's Serbia striker Luka Jovic, 21, believes the Premier League or Serie A would be a suitable destination for him as he considers his next move. (Die Welt via Mirror)

Manchester United and Real Madrid could challenge Tottenham for Real Betis' Argentina midfielder Giovani lo Celso, 23, this summer. (Mail)

Manchester City are also monitoring Lo Celso. (Manchester Evening News)

Ajax's Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt, 19, says reports linking him with a summer move to Manchester United should be taken with a "pinch of salt". (Fox Sports)

West Ham have had an £18m bid for Portugal midfielder Andre Gomes, 25, rejected by Barcelona. The Spanish side want between £25m and £35m for Gomes, who spent last season on loan at Everton. (Sky Sports)

Swansea City are resigned to losing Wales winger Daniel James, 21, to Manchester United for £15m. (Manchester Evening News)

Lyon's 20-year-old French midfielder Houssem Aouar, who has also been monitored by Liverpool, would be keen to play under manager Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. (Mirror)

Germany legend Lothar Matthaus is "sure" Manchester City's Germany winger Leroy Sane, 23, will join Bayern Munich this summer. (Sky Sports - in German)

Former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has agreed a deal to manage Marseille. (France Football - in French)

Burnley manager Sean Dyche says he is under no pressure to sell any of his players this summer. (Lancashire Telegraph)

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Barry Glendenning

Following Barcelona’s defeat at the hands of Valencia in last weekend’s Copa del Rey final, the future of Ernesto Valverde is in doubt – and Catalan radio station RAC1 have identified the Belgium manager, Roberto Martínez, as the favourite to succeed him. Signed for both Wigan and Everton by Martínez, jokes about James McCarthy replacing Sergio Busquets at the Camp Nou are already doing the rounds. The Everton midfielder might not get his dream move if one of Unai Emery, Ronald Koeman or Max Allegri, who are also believed to be on Barca’s four-man shortlist, get the job.

In other managerial news, the Mail report that Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has already agreed a deal with Juventus that would net him an added £1.2m per year and put an end to the thinly-veiled xenophobia he has to put up with from certain sections of the British media. Elsewhere, France Football claim André Villas-Boas, who was also much-maligned during his time in England, is on the verge of taking over at Marseille.

Swansea are “resigned” to losing Dan James to Manchester United for £15m, but it seems several of Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s other targets are not particularly keen on going to Old Trafford. Ajax skipper and Barcelona target Matthijs de Ligt says reports that he’s had his head turned by the prospect of moving to United on a weekly stipend of £350,000 are “funny” and should be “taken with a pinch of salt”. According to the Manchester Evening News, United officials believe they have little or no chance of signing De Ligt.

They claim Barcelona are saying otherwise so they can boast about having “beaten” the English club to the young Dutchman’s signature. Talk about punching down. Arsenal are hoping to gazump United’s attempts to sign Thomas Meunier from PSG, although the Belgian right-back is also wanted by Everton and Chelsea. Tottenham are willing to splurge north of £50m on Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, but will have to fend off interest from United and Manchester City to land their man.

One of the few big-name stars Real Madrid don’t actually want to lose, Sergio Ramos is determined to leave the club after a massive falling-out with its president, Florentino Pérez. While some reports suggest the central defender wants to take his endearing brand of no-nonsense defending to China, his employers are not willing to let him depart on a free transfer.

“They came to see me in my office and told me they had a very good offer from China but the league rules over there wouldn’t permit them to pay the transfer fee,” said Pérez of Ramos and his agent, in an interview on Spanish radio. “What was I going to tell him? We said this couldn’t happen but we’d speak to the club to satisfy him, but that Real Madrid could not afford to let its captain leave for free as that would set a terrible precedent for other players.”

Also the subject of reported interest from Liverpool and United, Ramos is apparently “fed up” with Pérez blaming him for Real Madrid’s Champions League elimination at the hands of Ajax, after the defender was charged by Uefa for deliberately getting booked at the end of their last-16 first leg, in order to incur a suspension and wipe his disciplinary slate clean ahead of the quarter-finals. That went well.

The 4th Official

Everton Looking At This Ex Man United Ace With West Ham Also Interested: Good Move For Silva

According to Ruhrnachrichten, Everton are one of the clubs eyeing a move for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa. The Japanese international returned from a short loan spell at Besiktas. But, he will be looking for a new club this summer, and a return to Turkey has already been ruled out due to Besiktas’ financial shortcomings.

As a result, the Toffees are keen to bring Kagawa back to the Premier League. However, Everton aren’t the only one chasing after his signature, with West Ham United also said to be interested in his services.
Kagawa’s recent struggles

Kagawa is widely regarded as one of Asia’s best players within the past decade or so. But, the ex-Manchester United midfielder hasn’t exactly enjoyed a good time after returning to Dortmund in 2014, especially in recent seasons.

He was a bit-part player under Peter Bosz and Peter Stoger last campaign, mustering only 1,165 minutes of Bundesliga football. And it went from bad to worse under new coach Lucien Favre last season. The Swiss mastermind often overlooked Kagawa and has deemed him surplus to the requirements for next season.

As a result, he featured in only 98 minutes of league football during the Hinrunde last year. And ideally, a loan move to Besiktas followed, where the experienced midfielder was involved in six goals in 14 matches. Kagawa wasn’t as successful at Besiktas as he would have liked, having failed to help his side secure the Turkish Superliga.

Should Everton make a move for Kagawa?

Everton’s move for Kagawa makes sense for several reasons. For one, the Japanese international will be able to provide more composure in midfield. His nimble footwork and ability to create chances will undoubtedly revamp Everton’s creative department.

But, on the flip side, Kagawa’s decline in recent years has been rather evident. He has also struggled with a lack of consistency, which certainly won’t go down well with Marco Silva. He could, however, provide excellent cover for Gylfi Sigurdsson. And he can be deployed in central midfield as well, which could be useful, should Everton miss out in their pursuit of Andre Gomes this summer.

What makes Kagawa such an appealing target for Everton is that he could be a relatively cheaper option when compared to other options in the market. His current contract with Dortmund expires at the end of next season, and given his struggles in recent years, he could be available for a cut-price this summer.


West Ham flop Edimilson Fernandes heading to Mainz in £8m transfer deal

Exclusive By Mike McGrath

WEST HAM midfielder Edimilson Fernandes is heading to Mainz in an £8million deal.

The Switzerland international, 23, has agreed terms on a Bundesliga move after three seasons in the Premier League.

He spent last season playing regularly on loan at Fiorentina in Italy.

Mainz tracked his progress throughout the campaign.

And they have moved swiftly to secure his signature this summer.

Fernandes’ move will pave the way for Manuel Pellegrini to move for a defensive midfielder.
And Andre Gomes is his No1 target.

Gomes, 25, impressed on loan at Everton last season.

And the Portuguese star is wanted by Pellegrini if a permanent deal can be thrashed out with Barcelona.

The cash from Fernandes will boost their kitty for the summer, with the club making a profit on the midfielder they landed in a £5million deal from Sion in 2016.

Fernandes played 33 times at Fiorentina and scored twice in Seire A this season.

Meanwhile, Gomes shone at Goodison and appeared on 29 occasions for the Toffees.

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jimbo2. 3:40 Wed May 29
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I agree, Fernandez was hardly a flop for us. Being a regular in Serie A for Forentina shows he has ability. Thanks Al

Texas Iron 11:36 Tue May 28
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Fernandes not a Flop...IMO...

tr3bor 3:06 Tue May 28
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So we offered 18million for a player valued at double that?

We tried etc etc

geoffpikey 2:05 Tue May 28
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Kagawa is a good player. Plenty of skill. But at 30?

NOT the future. We can surely do better.

zebthecat 1:57 Tue May 28
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Thanks Alan

Kagawa would be pretty uninspiring.

geoffpikey 1:56 Tue May 28
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Domo arigato Aran

Thanks Alan 12:58 Tue May 28
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bill green 12:33 Tue May 28

bill green 12:33 Tue May 28
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Thanks Alan

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