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West Ham United to sign Patrice Evra on free agent

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West Ham United is set to sign former France captain Patrice Evra until the end of the season.

Evra, 36, has been without a club since his contract with Marseille was terminated by mutual consent in November after kicking one of the club’s home fans before a Europa League match.

The former Manchester United defender was subsequently banned from UEFA fixtures for the rest of the season, but will be allowed to play domestically for West Ham.

He played for current Hammers boss David Moyes when the Scotsman managed Manchester United, before leavingOld Trafford for Juventus in 2014, spending three seasons there before moving to Marseille in January 2017.

He played 379 games for United between 2006 and 2014 and won nine major trophies, including five Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2008.

Evra made nine appearances for Marseille this season, most recently in October, before the incident prior to a European game against Vitoria Guimaraes on 2 November.

West Ham has also insisted they are not making plans to change manager in the summer and will hold talks with Moyes at the end of the season, after reports surfaced claiming that Moyes is unlikely to extend his stay at West Ham past the end of the current campaign regardless of whether or not the club stay in the Premier League.

Moyes had agreed on a contract with the Hammers until the end of the season when he replaced Slaven Bilic in November but despite a significant upturn in results and performances, says that he has no intention of opening talks about a new deal yet.

Manchester United closes in on Jose Mourinho contract renewal

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Manchester United are close to reaching an agreement with manager Jose Mourinho over a new contract with both parties confident an agreement can soon be reached.

Talks have progressed well between the manager with the executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward and it is now just a matter of time before Mourinho commits to remain at Old Trafford beyond the expiry of his present deal in 2019.

Since his tenure as United manager which began in 2016, Mourinho’s apparent unease over transfer budget and his refusal to move out of the hotel he stays in led to speculation over his future.

However, 55-year-old Portuguese described those reports about his future as “garbage” in a pre-match press conference in early January; when he asked about a possible departure from Old Trafford last month, Mourinho added: “I am going to leave when the club wants me to leave because I have no intention to leave at all. My intention is to stay and to work and to improve and to bring the club to where the club belongs.”

In the 2016-17 season — his first in charge at United as Mourinho claimed two trophies in the League Cup and Europa League, with the latter securing a return to Champions League football after a season out of the competition.

Although United finished only sixth in the Premier League, they are second at present, and if they remain there at the end of the season it would be their highest Premier League finish since Sir Alex Ferguson claimed a 20th title in May 2013.

Still, winning United’s 21st championship remains Mourinho’s chief ambition at the club and as his side trail Manchester City by 12 points after 23 games he is conscious that the club’s wait for another title is set to reach half a decade at the end of the campaign.

Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard close to signing new Chelsea deals

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Thibaut Courtois has said he is close to signing a new contract at Chelsea and the goalkeeper suggested while hinting that his Belgium team-mate Eden Hazard could be ready to follow suit.

Courtois, whose deal at Chelsea expires in the summer of 2019, appeared to be firm over his intention to extend at Chelsea after the club’s 2-2 draw at Arsenal on Wednesday night.

“It has just turned the new year so we will wait a few weeks and then sit around the table,” Courtois said. “I’m happy at Chelsea and a deal is close. Has it been a distraction? Not for me. I’m just calm and relaxed because I’m tied to Chelsea. Despite the rumours and everything, I am focused on Chelsea and I’m happy here.”

As for his compatriot, Eden Hazard is contracted with the Blues to 2020. While Courtois believes that the midfielder’s departure could deal a lot of hurt to the club, the keeper believes that Hazard would spend the peak years of his career at Stamford Bridge.

“Losing a player like Eden would be bad for the club,” Courtois added. “Eden is irreplaceable. With the money he will raise, you can buy five players but none of them will be like Eden. It would be like Barcelona losing Lionel Messi or Real Madrid losing Cristiano Ronaldo.”

“If you excel, there will always be teams interested in signing the biggest players. But that’s why if Chelsea have ambition to be the best club in the world, these kind of players have to stay.”

“Do Eden and I encourage each other to sign? Yes. He will say: ‘If you sign, I will sign,’ and I say the same to him. I think we are both happy at Chelsea, we both have a good part to play. We have been champions twice in the four seasons I have been here and we can have our peak years together at Chelsea.”

While Chelsea sit third in the Premier League and 16 points behind the leaders, Manchester City, Courtois remains confident that the club can finish the season with a major trophy as they advanced to the last 16 of the Champions League, where they have been drawn to face FC Barcelona.

Prediction:

Norwich City 0 — 3 Chelsea

Juventus to sign Emre Can on a free with five-year contract

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Juventus are set to complete a deal with Liverpool midfielder Emre Can on a free transfer in the summer.

The defending Serie A champions are alleged to have already offered a five-year contract worth £85,000 a week and a sizeable signing-on fee to the Germany international.

Can, 23, will be out of contract by the end of the 2017-18 season and has yet to agree any new deal with Liverpool.

The Germany international is wanted by a host of top European clubs but amongst them, Juventus believe that they have already progressed much further than everyone else and that a deal will be concluded soon.

Furthermore, the club has held positive talks with Can’s representatives with the player even as they seeking reassurances of how he fits within the folds of Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri’s plans.

Previously, Can had joined Liverpool for £9.75m in 2014 after the Premier League club met the buyout clause in his contract with Bayer Leverkusen. He has won 20 caps for Germany, having made his debut in September 2015.

However, when Juventus had expressed their interest in signing the player in January they had been told by Liverpool that there was no chance of that happening.

Nonetheless, it was clear that the Reds’ stance upon the matter has softened, with Jurgen Klopp’s team already signing a central midfielder as replacement for next season in Naby Keita, who will be arriving from RB Leipzig for a fee in the region of £55m.