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Transfer Talk Daily Update: Paul Pogba, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Oleksandr Zinchenko

Sports Mole rounds up the latest confirmed transfer news and speculation from across the footballing world. The transfer window is open! Clubs around the UK and Europe are getting business done as they look to give themselves the best possible chance at success in the new season. Thursday morning’s headlines: Thursday’s papers: Paul Pogba, Maurizio Sarri, Gareth BalePaul Pogba and Maurizio Sarri will not be allowed to leave the Premier League on the cheap, according to the papers. Read more. Arsenal make contact over potential signing of Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini?Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini during the summer transfer window. Read more. Oleksandr Zinchenko set for new Manchester City deal?Premier League champions Manchest...

Arsenal make contact over potential signing of Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini?

Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini during the summer transfer window. Arsenal are reportedly looking to push through the £27m signing of Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini. The Gunners are expected to make major changes this summer, despite allegedly having limited funds due to their failure to qualify for the Champions League. Unai Emery is said to hold an interest in Sampdoria pair Joachim Andersen and Dennis Praet, but it appears that the Spaniard is looking to do business with another Serie A club. Accordiing to Gazzetta dello Sport, Arsenal have made contact with Pellegrini’s agent in order to determine whether the Italy international would entertain a switch to the Emirates Stadium. The report says that the player has a £27m release ...

Pellegrini talks up ‘bargain’ Fabianski

Manuel Pellegrini believes West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has been one of the bargains of the season. Fabianski is next week expected to become only the fifth goalkeeper to be named the club’s player of the year, following in the footsteps of Phil Parkes, Ludek Miklosko, Shaka Hislop and Robert Green. The Poland international was signed last summer for £7million from Swansea, a snip when the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool have spent upwards of £65million on goalkeepers. Fabianski’s form and consistency, especially behind a shaky West Ham defence, have made him hot favourite for the Hammer of the Year award and boss Pellegrini says it would be well deserved. “He’s been very good,” said Pellegrini. “I think that Lukasz Fabianski has not only had a go...

Manuel Pellegrini wants West Ham to challenge for Europe in 2019-20

Manuel Pellegrini wants a Premier League top-10 finish for West Ham this season and a challenge for Europe next term. The Hammers slipped out of the race for seventh, and a potential Europa League spot, despite beating Tottenham last weekend. It is the first full season Pellegrini has managed on the continent that he has failed to qualify for European competition, having achieved it with Villarreal and Malaga as well as Real Madrid and Manchester City. Nevertheless, Pellegrini insists finishing in the top half will illustrate how much the Hammers have improved following last season’s relegation battle. West Ham currently lie 11th ahead of Saturday’s visit of Southampton, four points behind Watford who they face on the last day of the season. “It’s very important,...

Manuel Pellegrini laments “big mistakes” in Leicester draw

Manuel Pellegrini was left counting the cost of wrong offside calls for the second week running after Leicester snatched a point at West Ham. With the Hammers leading 2-1 in the final minute, substitute Lucas Perez rounded Foxes keeper Kasper Schmeichel and rolled the ball into the net. The Spaniard was flagged offside, although replays showed he was level with Ben Chilwell when he latched onto Pedro Obiang’s through-ball. Two minutes later Leicester equalised when substitute Harvey Barnes clipped in his first goal for the club to secure a 2-2 draw and leave Pellegrini frustrated again. “Thankfully VAR isn’t out yet, so it’s worked for us today,” admitted Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers. Just last weekend Felipe Anderson had a goal wrongly chalked off for offsi...

Manuel Pellegrini excited for Jack Wilshere return

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini hopes the imminent return of Jack Wilshere can provide a “good injection” for his team. Wilshere has not played since the start of December as he continues to battle ankle problems. but the 27-year-old midfielder has been stepping up his recovery and recently turned out for the under-23s. Samir Nasri and Manuel Lanzini both look set to miss Saturday’s home Premier League match against Leicester and while Pellegrini is mindful not to rush Wilshere back too soon, he believes the former England midfielder can have a positive impact when fully fit. “We will see tomorrow how he feels. He’s played already one game for the under-23s. We will talk with him, but it will be soon,” said Pellegrini, who confirmed Wilshere had been tra...

Manuel Pellegrini: ‘Declan Rice loan exit was not an option’

West Ham face Manchester United on Saturday evening. Declan Rice may have doubted his chances of reaching the top but West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed he always had faith in the youngster. Rice recently admitted that after losing his place following a torrid afternoon in a 4-0 defeat at Liverpool on the opening day of the season, he feared he would not make it in the Premier League and considered asking for a loan move. Yet on Saturday evening Rice will line up against Manchester United as a mainstay of the West Ham team, an England international and a target for a host of top clubs. After four straight league defeats Pellegrini eventually restored Rice to the side for a 3-1 win at Everton – and the 20-year-old has been there ever since. Pellegrini said: “I never expec...

Manuel Pellegrini coy over injury-prone Samir Nasri contract

Samir Nasri‘s chances of landing a permanent West Ham contract hang in the balance following another injury setback. The former Arsenal midfielder joined the Hammers on New Year’s Day as a free agent having spent over a year out of the game due to a doping ban. Nasri signed an initial six-month deal in the hope of earning a two-year contract, but a series of niggling injuries have limited him to just three Premier League starts. The Frenchman was due to come on as a substitute at Chelsea on Monday night, only to suffer a calf injury while warming up which will rule him out of this weekend’s trip to Manchester United. Manager Manuel Pellegrini has now admitted signing Nasri was a gamble and cast doubt on whether he will be offered a permanent deal. “About next season...

Pellegrini believes Sarri is right to stick with football philosophy

Manuel Pellegrini believes Chelsea counterpart Maurizio Sarri is right to stick with his philosophy despite the scepticism at Stamford Bridge. The Italian has struggled to implement his famed ‘Sarri-ball’ system with fans growing frustrated at players playing out of position. Yet recent wins over Cardiff and Brighton have ensured Chelsea remain firmly in the race for a top-four finish in Sarri’s first season in charge. Pellegrini’s first four matches as West Ham manager ended in defeat, prompting questions about his attacking style, yet the Chilean stuck with his principles and eventually turned their results around. He said: “It is more hard when you don’t obtain the results that you want. Players will trust it if they see that by playing that way you win. “As a manager, you must be used ...

Manuel Pellegrini rules out Andriy Yarmolenko return this season

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has ruled out a return for Andriy Yarmolenko this season. Winger Yarmolenko, an £18million summer signing from Borussia Dortmund, needed surgery on a torn Achilles suffered against Tottenham in October. There were hopes the 29-year-old, who has scored 36 goals in 79 appearances for Ukraine, would be available before the end of the season. But Pellegrini has decided not to risk Yarmolenko during the run-in, instead giving him a full pre-season to get up to speed for next term. “Yarmolenko is working very well, he has no pain, he is running and kicking the ball, but maybe it will be too soon for him to play before we finish,” said Pellegrini. “The Achilles tendon is one of the worst injuries you can have because you cannot go faster, you m...

Manuel Pellegrini hails improved atmosphere of London Stadium

The Hammers moved into the former Olympic stadium in 2016. West Ham are finally feeling at home at the London Stadium, according to manager Manuel Pellegrini. The Hammers entertain Everton on Saturday looking for a fourth consecutive home win for the first time since they moved to the former Olympic Stadium in 2016. Just 12 months ago pitch invasions and demonstrations, sparked by fans’ anger towards the decision to move the club from from Upton Park, marred a 3-0 defeat by Burnley. A year on and the atmosphere has improved while there are far fewer empty seats now that Pellegrini has created an entertaining, attacking and winning team – on home soil at least. “In most of those games we won at home the atmosphere was very good. Fans were enjoying the game, they were all involve...

Manuel Pellegrini: ‘Declan Rice could leave West Ham for right price’

Rice has a contract that runs until 2024. Manuel Pellegrini has warned the Premier League’s big guns they will need to pay a huge fee if they want to prise Declan Rice away from West Ham. Midfielder Rice is already being linked with Manchester United following his successful first England appearances against the Czech Republic and Montenegro. Other major clubs in England and abroad are also reported to be monitoring the 20-year-old on the back of a hugely impressive breakthrough season for West Ham. Rice is under contract at the London Stadium until 2024 but the club’s hierarchy will be bracing themselves for some firm interest this summer. However, Pellegrini said: “In that case, as always, it is just a matter of price. “There are big teams who decide to pay an imp...

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