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Alan 10:38 Fri Sep 3
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

France defender Jules Kounde, 22, is furious with Sevilla for not selling him to Chelsea. (Spanish Football Podcast, via Express)

Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier, 28, would be open to a move to Arsenal after terminating his contract at Tottenham on deadline day. (Sky Sports)

Real Madrid are ready to move for Norway and Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland, 21, and 22-year-old France and Paris St-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe next summer. (Marca, via Mail)

The Spanish giants are also interested in bringing France midfielder Paul Pogba, 28, to the Bernabeu from Manchester United. (Marca, via Manchester Evening News)

Chelsea's pursuit of Haaland has suffered a setback after they were told they would have to pay £825,000 a week for his wages. (Mirror)

England midfielder Declan Rice, 22, has insisted on adding a release clause into a new contract at West Ham as he sets his sights on a move next year. (90min)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer blocked five players from leaving Old Trafford this summer. (Mirror)

Everton made an enquiry about Southampton's 24-year-old English defender Kyle Walker-Peters in the final days of the transfer window. (Telegraph, via Football Transfer Tavern)

Juventus turned down the chance to sign Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 34, from Manchester United shortly after 36-year-old Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo moved the other way. (Mirror)

Barcelona's Bosnian playmaker Miralem Pjanic, 31, took a 60% wage cut to go on loan to Besiktas this season, and will be on reduced terms when he returns to the Nou Camp. (RAC, via Goal)

Wolves are planning to revisit winger Adama Traore's contract situation after rejecting two summer bids from Tottenham for the 25-year-old Spain international. (Birmingham.Live)

Manchester United are struggling to keep up with demand for Cristiano Ronaldo shirts after delays from manufacturers Adidas. (Independent)

Mariano Diaz's agent has said "something strange happened" to prevent the 28-year-old Spanish striker from joining Valencia from Real Madrid. (El Partidazo de Cope, via Football Espana)

90 Min

Declan Rice focused on West Ham - but has his sights on move in 2022

Declan Rice is focused on this season with West Ham United, although 90min understands the player fully expects the campaign to be his last at the London Stadium.

West Ham have been considering offering Rice a new contract, even though his current deal runs to 2024, as his wages do not represent his position and stature within the club.

Rice would be open to signing a new deal on the proviso that it included a release clause, which would allow him to leave the club if a fixed figure was met by a potential buyer. However 90min has learned that West Ham have a rule of not including release clauses in contracts - meaning a new deal is now unlikely.

22-year-old Rice is regarded as one of the best young holding midfielders in world football, and the player's camp are aware of interest from around Europe.

The Premier League's big four, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, have all made it known that they are very much interested in securing his signature next summer. Sources close to all four clubs have confirmed they are all 'interested' in Rice given his superb form over the last 18 months, while he also starred for England as they reached the final of Euro 2020.

Some of the clubs had been unsure on whether Rice's best position was as a holding midfielder or central defender, but the player now firmly sees himself as a holding midfielder - and that is not an issue with any of the teams looking at him as they now believe he has definitely proven himself over the past year.

Chelsea had always been considered the firm favourites to land Rice, who was once part of their youth system, but as it stands we are told by sources close to the situation that the player is just as likely to move to the north west with United, City and Liverpool as he is stay remain in London.

Rice is now expected to fully concentrate on this season with West Ham, with a new challenge of Europa League football to encounter on top of Premier League fixtures.

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COOL HAND LUKE 10:23 Sat Sep 4
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Lee Trundle 11.57

HOW will he leave for something less? He is contracted to 2024 and has no release clause. WHU are perfectly happy to pay him the going rate, given his current stature, but his people are wanting a 'low release clause' written in at the same time. We'd be totally fucking mad to do that, and it tells you everything you need to know...
If Grealish is worth £100M, and bloody Maguire was worth £80M several seasons ago (plus he is 5 years older than Declan), then Rice has to be in the £100M+ bracket already (and his game is developing as well). The 'total price' for him must reflect the purchase, the damage to morale for both players and fans, and a 'compensation' element reflecting the fact that, no matter how much we get, he is a one-off diamond and is actually irreplaceable.
There is too much of this 'he insists' nonsense... he is a £120M player right now, and we need to make very sure that we get it for him. It is not our club's place to make him available on the cheap.

Texas Iron 7:51 Fri Sep 3
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ted fenton 1:23 Fri Sep 3
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pdbis 12:40 Fri Sep 3
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He can go if we get the fee we want. No one is bigger than the club.

Thanks Irish 12:27 Fri Sep 3
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Lee Trundle 11:57 Fri Sep 3
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Lee Trundle 11:57 Fri Sep 3
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We'd be fucking idiots not to negotiate a release clause in Rice's new contract.

Just have it something like £100m and say that's the price.

Now we're going to piss of the player and he'll likely leave for something less.

Thanks Alan 11:51 Fri Sep 3
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Peckham 11:33 Fri Sep 3
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Thanks Alan. Appreciated as ever.

cheesebgt 10:50 Fri Sep 3
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Sven Roeder 10:49 Fri Sep 3
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