rsène Wenger is proactive. He’s dynamic, he’s in charge and he’s going to sign your player. Hot on the heels of Sead Kolasinac’s arrival, he’s at Adidas Brian Gionta Youth Jersey it again – photographed by a quick-thinking citizen-journalist at Nice airport clutching a pricey-looking bag of shopping and flanked by his vassal boss Ivan Gazidis. Does 2+2=Mbappé? Apparently a higher level of maths is needed for this one: Wenger was in the region to speak with Lyon’s top brass about trusty Rumour Mill steed Alexandre Lacazette, with the Gunners keen to get most of their big deals done uncharacteristically early. Perhaps Wenger might make a quick hop over to Barcelona, who believe they have won the heart and mind of their former player Héctor Bellerín. Terms are said to have been agreed with the right-back and now, such is the way football works, the clubs need to get to work over a fee. £50m might do it, and reports in Catalonia say Bellerín wants out. There could even be another departure from the Emirates, too, with almost-top-class striker Olivier Giroud warning darkly that he “won’t settle for such limited playing time” when Arsenal get next season’s knockabout japes underway. Football transfer rumours: Manchester United join race for álvaro Morata? Read more The Rumour Mill values its regular stars and if Romelu Lukaku is soon to flee the nest we do, at least, have James Rodríguez. Liverpool are in for the out-of-favour Real Madrid playmaker! And so are Arsenal! And so is pretty much every top-tier club you can name, according to Wednesday’s reports, all of which should end up meaning an agent does pretty well in a couple of months’ time. That would all be big news but surely not as big as Bournemouth signing a new captain, leader and legend at the same time. So hold the back page, then, for imminent news of the Cherries doing exactly that – with John Terry apparently close to signing a £100,000-a-week deal to continue his top-flight career for a year longer than really seems wise. Another Chelsea product, Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand, is in demand, with suggestions that Manchester City could steal in for the left-back amid problems with their bid for Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy. And if they don’t, Liverpool or even the Stamford Bridge club probably will. City are about to bid farewell to one member of last season’s squad, with the lesser-spotted Nolito having touched down in Spain ahead of what is expected to be a loan move to Sevilla. The Premier League could see a new wide forward come in soon enough though: West Ham are looking to stem the flow of discontent at the London Stadium with a move for Jürgen Damm, a Mexican winger who plays for Tigres, with £4m apparently likely to do the job there. And in the latest evidence that Championship club Wolves’s transfer policy definitely, undoubtedly, assuredly isn’t being led by Jorge Mendes, the Molineux side are interested in adding Manchester United stalwart Bebé – currently on the books of Eibar in Spain – to their cadreSouthampton have reported Liverpool to the Premier League for allegedly making an illegal approach to Virgil van Dijk. Signing regal Virgil van Dijk would be the ultimate upgrade for Liverpool Read more The south-coast club were furious to see stories on Monday that suggested Liverpool were in the driving seat to sign the defender this summer, in the face of interest from other leading clubs – namely Chelsea and Manchester City. They argue that there is no way the stories could have been run unless Liverpool had spoken to Van Dijk and, thereby, put themselves in breach of Premier League rules over “tapping up”. Several of the stories contained the line that Van Dijk wanted to move to Anfield because of Jürgen Klopp’s involvement in his recruitment – which Southampton suggest adds up to an illegal approach. It is understood that the Dutchman’s preference is to move to Anfield. Southampton have made it clear to the Premier League they have received no official approach from Liverpool for Van Dijk and, more generally, they have stressed the player has five years to run on his contract, meaning they are in a strong position regarding where he does play. Liverpool are reportedly willing to pay a world-record sum for a defender – expected to be around £60m – to break Southampton’s resistance and they are also prepared to match City’s offer to Van Dijk of a contract worth around £200,000 a week. Van Dijk would become Liverpool’s record signing and highest-paid player should the deal go ahead. They declined to comment on Southampton’s accusations. The league has written to Southampton and Liverpool to ask for their version of events. Liverpool have spent £96m on five Southampton players since the summer of 2014. In that transfer window they took Adam Lallana (£25m), Dejan Lovren (£20m) and Rickie Lambert (£4.5m). Nathaniel Clyne (£12.5m) and Sadio Mané (£34m) followed in the summers of 2015 and 2016 respectively. Southampton’s position with their manager, Claude Puel, remains delicate and complicated given that he has all but left the club and they are actively pursuing a successor. Yet Saints will not confirm his departure until they have lined up the new man, who would have to represent an upgrade. Puel, who arrived in June of last year, led Saints to the EFL Cup final, which they lost to Manchester United, and an eighth-placed finish in the league. But his style of football has frequently been derided as turgid, the Authentic Cam Newton Youth Jersey team have struggled for goals and when the French manager was booed by the St Mary’s crowd on the final day of the season against Stoke City, the writing was on the wall. Puel sat down with the board for an end-of-season review, which did not go well, and there have since been no messages of support for him from the hierarchy. He is away on holiday and has emerged as a target for the French club St-étienne. Southampton accept that Puel will be entitled to a pay-off on the final two years of his contract and they want a manager who is receptive to promoting players from the academy and with a vision for attractive, passing football

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