Arsenal ready to seal £50m White deal – Paper Round

Arsenal target White

The Athletic reports that Arsenal are keen on signing Brighton’s central defender Ben White. The 23-year-old England international has impressed on the south coast and has been linked with a move to the top four clubs in the Premier League. David Ornstein suggests that a fee of between £40-50 million should be enough to secure his signature.

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Paper Round’s view: White has stepped up into the Premier League and then into the England national team adeptly and he could presumably continue to improve into a Champions League footballer. Obviously he won’t have the chance to do that under Mikel Arteta next season but Arsenal would be a chance to develop further.

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Pique: I want Haaland at Barcelona

Barcelona central defender Gerard Pique hopes that Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland will join him at Barcelona, but admitted that he does not have any influence over the potential transfer. Spanish paper Marca quoted him as saying: “I have no idea, I hope that he comes [to Barcelona. The great players should be with us, but that’s a decision for the club to make. They will know.”

Paper Round’s view: Haaland would be an exceptional signing for Barcelona but they are presumably unable to sign him this summer, at least. If they keep Lionel Messi on what will be huge wages, and also add Sergio Aguero to the front line, then there isn’t room on the pitch or on the salary books to bring in a player such as Haaland.

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Arsenal keen on permanent Ryan deal

As well as Ben White, the Sun suggests that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is looking for another defensive addition, this time Brighton’s 29-year-old goalkeeper Mat Ryan. The Australian spent the second half of last season on loan with Arsenal, and with uncertainty over Alex Runarsson and Bernd Leno at the Emirates, he could come back.

Paper Round’s view: Ryan did enough to suggest that if he could be brought in for a relatively low sum – he has just a year left on his contract on the south coast – then it would give Arteta the chance to take a punt on a younger goalkeeper with more potential, while knowing that he has a stopper with Premier League experience if needed.

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Liverpool weigh up Neuhaus move

Jurgen Klopp is looking for a replacement for Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, who is due to join Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain in the summer on a free transfer. They have turned their attention to Borussia Monchengladbach’s 24-year-old German international Florian Neuhaus, also wanted by Bayern Munich, says the Mirror.

Paper Round’s view: Neuhaus is a more attacking player than Wijnaldum, but Klopp might be looking to rejig the tactical approach he takes after a difficult, covid-blighted season. Neuhaus’ arrival might allow Liverpool to get rid of Xherdan Shaqiri, and may ultimately help prepare for the exit of any of their famous front three.

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Transfers

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Ramos set for Real Madrid exit after Perez relationship breakdown – Paper Round

Ramos to end 16-year Bernabeu stay

Sergio Ramos will leave Real Madrid this summer after spending 16 successful seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu, according to the Mirror. The 35-year-old’s current contract is rapidly reaching its expiry date and a breakdown in the relationship between Ramos and Los Blancos’ infamous club president Florentino Perez means that he will not extend his stay in the Spanish capital. Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have both been linked with a move for the Real captain, but Manchester City could pip the pair to the free signing by offering a lucrative two-year contract to Ramos.

Transfers

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Paper Round’s view: It’s a real shame that Ramos never got the chance to say farewell to the Real Madrid faithful. In fact, he will be leaving on a low. Los Blancos ended the season trophy-less for the first time in more than a decade, which saw head coach Zinedine Zidane depart the club. Ramos’ exit seems like part of the planned Real Madrid rebuild. Karim Benzema and Luka Modric are still key members of the old guard, but they will miss Ramos. It’s probably a fair time to say goodbye though, and David Alaba is a brilliant replacement. Looking at Ramos’ options for his next club, PSG would be a good fit.

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Man City may sacrifice Silva in rebuild

Manchester City could continue their squad rebuild by allowing Bernardo Silva to leave this summer. The Portuguese playmaker has spent four trophy-laden years in Manchester and would be allowed to move if he were to look for a new challenge elsewhere. The Telegraph report that Silva has become a “shock target for European clubs” after attracting the attention of Barcelona in previous seasons. Clubs in Spain, France and Italy that have qualified for the Champions League believe they have a chance of signing Silva this summer.

Paper Round’s view: It’s fair (if slightly harsh) to say that Silva has failed to reach the heights of his sparkling performances in the 2018-19 season. However, he’s still just 26 years old and is very important to Manchester City. Silva’s versatility and creativity offers an extra dimension for Pep Guardiola’s side and it could be argued that he sometimes goes under the radar at the Etihad Stadium. Should Manchester City consider selling him? It depends on who they are planning to replace him with. If it is Jack Grealish… then maybe there’s a conversation to be had.

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Where could Sterling end up?

Sticking with Manchester City, the Mail report that Raheem Sterling has been put up for sale by Pep Guardiola. The England international’s place in the City line-up has been under threat at times throughout the 2020-21 season and it seemed like Sterling fell out of favour towards the end of the campaign. The Mail reveal that Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid are interested in the possibility of signing Sterling this summer. The 26-year-old could be used as part of a package deal to send Spurs striker to Manchester City.

Paper Round’s view: This was a year like no other. The season was truncated due to the coronavirus pandemic and players didn’t receive a proper pre-season break back in the summer of 2020. Sterling still bagged 14 goals in all competitions, but even he would admit that he underperformed. Despite this, people forgetting that Sterling can put in world-class performances on his day. The Manchester City forward has been consistently performing at the highest level for three or four seasons and now after one underwhelming (and complicated) campaign he’s linked to Arsenal and Tottenham? It just doesn’t make sense.

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Premier League clubs battle over Lille hero

Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan are all entering the race to sign Lille right-back Zeki Celik, according to the Standard. The Turkish defender was a key component of Lille’s Ligue 1 title-winning side in the 2020-21 season, but is expected to depart the French champions this summer. Lille will demand £13 million for Celik and the Premier League trio are said to lead the race for the 24-year-old. Arsenal are planning to replace Hector Bellerin, who is linked with a move to Spanish side Real Betis, and have lined up Celik and Norwich City’s Max Aarons as potential options.

Paper Round’s view: Lille are being picked apart, just weeks after their fairytale Ligue 1 victory. Goalkeeper Mike Maignan has already left for AC Milan, while Sven Botman, Renato Sanches, Boubakary Soumare and Celik are all linked with summer exits. It looks like Celik is likely to head to the Premier League and Arsenal may be the ideal destination if he is looking for first-team football. Spurs could also be a decent option if they were to offload Serge Aurier. If Celik performs well with Turkey at the European Championships this summer, he could attract even more suitors.

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Transfers

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Transfers

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Barcelona set for Aguero free transfer – Paper Round

Barca set for four free transfers

Spanish newspaper Marca reports that there are at least two, and possibly four, transfers set to be confirmed by Barcelona. Sergio Aguero is set to join from Manchester City, alongside young central defender Eric Garcia. If Ronald Koeman stays on as manager then Memphis Depay and Georgini Wijnaldum are also likely to sign.

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Paper Round’s view: Aguero is an exceptionally good player and to get him for nothing is a huge deal, but Barcelona’s weaknesses are really at the back and on the wings. Wijnaldum will refresh the middle of the park and Garcia the back, while Lyon’s forward Memphis should be able to hold down a place on either flank.

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Real Madrid set for bombshell announcement – Euro Papers

Hakimi agent denies PSG move

Achraf Hakimi’s agent has played down links for the 22-year-old right-sided player to join Paris Saint-Germain. The Morrocan international has impressed for Inter Milan in their title-winning season and had been linked with a move to France, but his agent said: “Hakimi has four years left in his contract with Inter, and I want to clarify I haven’t talked to any other club.”

Paper Round’s view: Hakimi had looked to be a hugely promising talent in his time at Borussia Dortmund and his switch to Inter Milan has only helped proved his talent. Inter might want to balance the books after Antonio Conte’s heavy spending, and letting him leave would give them the chance of holding onto players like Romelu Lukaku.

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Silva set to sign new deal

Chelsea central defender Thiago Silva paid tribute to former manager Frank Lampard after he and his side won the Champions League final against Manchester City on Saturday night, and the Sun reports that he is on the cusp of signing a new deal at Stamford Bridge. The 36-year-old Brazilian has impressed new boss Thomas Tuchel.

Paper Round’s view: Given the potential transfer upheaval that hits Stamford Bridge almost every year it makes sense that they keep hold of Silva given he is still coping well with the strains of top-flight football. There are plenty of top targets on the market this summer so Chelsea may want to keep Thiago for another year and aim their budget elsewhere.

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Chelsea could lose Rudiger

Champions League winner Chelsea could see Antonio Rudiger leave on a free transfer after they failed to tie him down to a new contract. There has been interest from Spurs as well as Paris Saint-Germain. The 28-year-old central defender has a year left on his contract and nothing has been agreed between the two parties. The new Champions are planning for next season.

Paper Round’s view: Rudiger has shown at times that he is a reliable defender and his experience should make that a more consistently shown quality. However there is no denying that he has often failed to meet the required performance levels, so perhaps Chelsea are right to be ruthless about cutting him loose in the near future.

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Football

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Man City and Utd set to battle for Kane after Haaland plans stay – Paper Round

United and City turn to Kane with Haaland likely to stay

Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland has said he is likely to stay at the Bundesliga club for another season or two, meaning that Manchester United and Manchester City will have to look elsewhere. The 20-year-old Norwegian said: “I have a contract for a couple of fine years, so I am respectful towards my contract,” and the Sun claims the two Premier League sides will now turn to Harry Kane, with City potentially interested in Romelu Lukaku.

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Paper Round’s view: Kane could be the difference for City to hold off a renewed title attack from Liverpool next season, and for United it might even transform them into challengers for their first Premier League trophy since Alex Ferguson’s retirement. However Kane is now 27 and provides much less value than Haaland would, so they may be tempted to wait a year to try again.

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Manchester United plan clearout

The Mirror reports that there are up to nine players who could leave Manchester United this summer as they make way, and raise funds, for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s transfer targets this summer. Paul Pogba is the obvious option to sell given his contract expires next year, and Nemanja Matic, David de Gea, Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira, Daniel James, Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot, and Tahith Chong could all leave too.

Paper Round’s view: The most important thing for United is to get rid of the mediocrity that has weighed them down for a decade and bring a group of players who actually offer something to lift them towards a title challenge. Of course the Glazers do not want to spend more than strictly necessary so raising money through sales could be the only way for Solskjaer to get his men.

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Arsenal want Sterling and Mahrez

The Daily Mail suggests that Pep Guardiola is willing to sell both Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez. The two wingers could be moved on as the Spaniard looks to overhaul his squad this summer. Gabriel Jesus and Aymeric Laporte could also be sold if the right offer comes in. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is believed to be interested in 26-year-old Sterling and Mahrez, 30.

Paper Round’s view: Sterling’s form has not been as impressive as it has been in previous seasons and given Guardiola’s financial backing from his owners he can afford to be ruthless. Mahrez, meanwhile, is now into his thirties and there is a risk that he won’t be able to keep up with the physical demands of playing for Guardiola. It appears City are ready to spend big yet again.

Pochettino won’t be allowed to join Real

Spanish newspaper Marca believes that Paris Saint-Germain will not entertain the departure of Mauricio Pochettino as manager this summer. The Argentine has a year left on his contract and Real Madrid would like him to replace Zinedine Zidane (and Spurs also want him back after Jose Mourinho’s departure). With Real – who have just signed David Alaba – keen to maintain a working relationship with PSG ahead of a potential Kylian Mbappe transfer, they will sit this one out.

Paper Round’s view: Pochettino does not appear content in Paris and is reportedly worried by the influence of Leonardo at the club. He probably felt the PSG job was too big for him to turn down after so long out of the game, and he might be risking another blow to his reputation if he again leaves another club while they have failed to make the most of their potential.

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Premier League

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Ligue 1

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Solskjaer set for new contract, targets four big-name signings – Paper Round

Man Utd’s transfer shortlist revealed

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to strengthen his squad this summer after the club suffered a defeat in the UEFA Europa League final at the hands of Villarreal on Wednesday. The Guardian reveal that Solskjaer wants to add a new centre-back, midfielder, winger and striker. The United boss’ ambitious transfer list includes either Europa League winner Pau Torres or Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane, West Ham United’s Declan Rice, Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Tottenham’s star striker Harry Kane. The Guardian state that the total spend would have to surpass £300 million and is “unlikely”.

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Paper Round’s view: Would these four signings turn Manchester United into a superpower once again? Probably. Will Solskjaer’s side sign more than two of them this summer? Probably not. It’s unrealistic to think that any club will be able to complete four high-profile transfers in the current financial climate, no matter how badly United may need them. It seems like Torres and Sancho may be the most likely – although it is worth keeping an eye on Varane, who has just one year remaining on his deal at Real Madrid. Kane would cost far too much and is seemingly edging closer to the blue half of Manchester.

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New contract for Solskjaer despite Europa League loss

Manchester United are set to hand Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a new three-year contract despite ending the 2020-21 season with yet another trophyless campaign. Solskjaer is yet to win any silverware during his spell in the dugout at Old Trafford, but outgoing executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is planning to offer the United boss a new contract. The 48-year-old has just one year remaining on his current deal and the club have no plans to replace him.

Paper Round’s view: If Manchester United had any ambition, they would go out and appoint Antonio Conte as their new manager. The Italian just walked away from Inter Milan due to financial restrictions, after transforming them into Serie A winners. Conte has proven himself as a serial winner, collecting the Premier League title and the FA Cup during his two years in charge at Chelsea. Zinedine Zidane is also available, who has won the Champions League three times as head coach of Real Madrid. Man United cannot accept a mediocre coach, who is yet to win a trophy after nearly three years in charge at Old Trafford. If they want to compete with the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea – they need to be ruthless.

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Manchester City plot £100m Grealish bid

Manchester City are planning to break the British transfer record this summer by making Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish the first £100-million Englishman. The Mail report that City have made the 25-year-old their “number one midfield target” and Pep Guardiola views Grealish as the “hub” of his squad rebuild. The Birmingham-born superstar signed a new deal with his boyhood club in 2020, which means that Villa are able to hold out for an eye-watering transfer fee. Manchester City are also hoping that Tottenham striker Harry Kane will follow Grealish to the Etihad Stadium this summer.

Paper Round’s view: You can tell we’re heading into transfer season now. Grealish was one of the best players in the Premier League last season, despite the fact that he was playing for a club that finished in 11th place and he was injured for a few months towards the end of the campaign. Obviously transfer fees are wild these days, but he might be worth it. Grealish has been magical for Villa and he has proven he is more than capable of stepping up to the next level any time he was challenged by the press. The 25-year-old could be a key component of Guardiola’s rebuild at City – so why not meet his slightly-absurd asking price?

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Tottenham target another big-name manager

Tottenham Hotspur are planning to target another big-name manager following the unsuccessful stint and sacking of Jose Mourinho. The Telegraph report that the recruitment search took a turn in the last couple of days with Antonio Conte, Zinedine Zidane and a shocking return for Mauricio Pochettino potentially on the cards. Conte and Zidane both left their posts at Inter Milan and Real Madrid respectively on Wednesday and Thursday. Pochettino is reported to be unsettled in the French capital, despite only taking charge of Paris Saint-Germain in January.

Paper Round’s view: Tottenham are showing the ambition that Manchester United should be. Spurs look like a mess right now. They don’t have a manager, they only qualified for the inaugural UEFA Conference League and their star striker Harry Kane is pushing for a summer exit. Things could all change if someone on the level of Conte, Zidane or Pochettino came to north London. Kane could even be convinced to stay for another season. Daniel Levy got his fingers burnt with Mourinho, but another ambitious managerial appointment could be exactly what Spurs need to get back on track.

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Transfers

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Transfers

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Arsenal aim to beat Villa to Buendia – Paper Round

Arsenal target Buendia

The Daily Mail believes that Arsenal are preparing to rebuild this summer by beating Aston Villa to the signature of Norwich City’s playmaker Emiliano Buendia. The 24-year-old Argentine playmaker could be a target for Villa if Jack Grealish does join Manchester City in a £100 million move this summer.

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Paper Round’s view: Grealish is clearly one of the top targets this summer for most of the leading Premier League sides and it would leave a huge hole for Villa to fill. Buendia did OK in his season in the Premier League when Norwich City were relegated, but it would be a gamble to bring him in and expect a great performance.

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Real Madrid set for bombshell announcement – Euro Papers

Benzema: Zidane won’t leave

Real Madrid forward Karim Benzeman is not convinced that his club boss Zinedine Zidane will leave. Spanish international is reported to have told L’Equipe :”He’s been the Real Madrid coach until now, right? I don’t see him leaving. He won’t leave, you’ll see. “If he leaves, he leaves… but for now I don’t see Real Madrid without Zidane.”

Paper Round’s view: Benzema has enjoyed his best years under Zidane and he understandably does not want him to leave. However it seems that Zidane is ready to take a break after the stresses and strains of managing the biggest club in the world, and Benzema might benefit from taking a move away from the spotlight, especially as Real struggle to refresh.
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Spurs set to profit from Edwards move

The Sun claims that former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Marcus Edwards could soon be on the move. The 22-year-old joined Portuguese side Vitoria a few years ago and he is now interesting Sporting Lisbon. While his release clause is around £40 million, he could be sold for about £11 million, of which Spurs would be entitled to half.

Paper Round’s view: Edwards attracted attention from a few English and European sides when he was approaching the end of his time in North London. He has put in the hours in Portugal and a move to Sporting would put him on the radar of Gareth Southgate, and possibly earn him a transfer back to the Premier League in the next year or two.

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Spurs consider managerial options

The Mirror reports on Daniel Levy’s hunt for a new Tottenham manager. Ryan Mason is not expected to stay on beyond the summer after the departure of Jose Mourinho, and a few options are mentioned. Mauricio Pochettino might be welcome but he is likely to stay in Paris, Ralf Rangnick, Graham Potter and Erik ten Hag are also under consideration.

Paper Round’s view: Another option who could be brought in is Belgium manager Roberto Martinez and really, all the Premier League options are pretty underwhelming. Spurs are hamstrung by their decision to reduce their budget, while Rangnick and Ten Hag have shown their ability to exceed on limited expenditure.

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Transfers

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Man Utd players back Grealish transfer but Solskjaer has other priority – Paper Round

Ole wants Sancho, players support Grealish transfer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made Jadon Sancho a transfer priority for Manchester United this summer, the Telegraph reports, while some of his players have supported the idea of the club pursuing Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish. Borussia Dortmund’s Sancho has been a long-term target for United, and could cost around £75m, while Harry Kane could cost double if he leaves Tottenham. Meanwhile, players who have faced Grealish or played with him at England “privately” consider him to be an appealing summer option, though Manchester City are also considering a move for the Aston Villa forward.

Transfers

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Paper Round’s view: It gets crowded out wide for both City and United if Grealish comes aboard, and same for United with Sancho or Grealish. Both would be an upgrade on Dan James certainly, but what their arrival would do for Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood’s development remains up for debate. Grealish can at least play attacking midfield too, where a certain Bruno Fernandes plays, so the Villa captain will perhaps have to ponder this summer whether he fancies his chances of breaking into a Manchester starting XI – be it red or blue, there’s some stiff competition – or remaining the big fish at Villa.

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Spurs to get Poch back?

In Miguel Delaney’s story about Harry Kane’s future for the Independent, there is an intriguing section which suggests managerless Tottenham could make a move to bring Mauricio Pochettino back:

Some figures at the club are now seriously suggesting it could be worth returning to Pochettino. There is a feeling that he has found the nature of Paris Saint-Germain more of a headache to manage than expected, and may be open to it.

Paper Round’s view: Surely… not? Perhaps Daniel Levy will do anything it takes to keep Kane, but even Pochettino is unlikely to sway the England captain’s desire to leave. After talking about wanting to match Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Kane doesn’t want to be playing Conference League football.

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Vardy – the movie

A movie about Jamie Vardy’s life is a step closer to becoming a reality, the Mirror reports. Vardy’s journey from the non-league to Leicester – with a Premier League and now FA Cup winners’ medal to boot (plus a Golden Boot) – has been well documented, and now writer and producer Adrian Butchart has agreed to make the movie with the Oscar-winning producers of The King’s Speech Gareth-Ellis Unwin and Simon Egan and their company Bedlam Productions. Fellow Oscar nominated duo Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, who wrote The Fighter, will also be involved scripting it.

Paper Round’s view: Who plays Vardy then? The man himself? Football films can go one of two ways, and usually just the one way, but with an impressive studio team this could buck the trend. Think of the Oscars after-party, just think of the Oscars after-party.

Transfers

Man Utd need to pay £60m for Varane – Paper Round

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Premier League

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Kane confident he will leave Spurs this summer – Paper Round

Kane keen to push for Tottenham exit

Tottenham striker Harry Kane believes he will leave his boyhood club this summer after completing an emotional lap of honour following the north London club’s defeat at home to Aston Villa on Wednesday evening. The Mirror report that the England international felt his farewell to the Spurs fans was his way of saying goodbye after 17 years at the club. Kane has planned a “next phase” to his exit plan, which would involve releasing a statement to Spurs supporters outlining his love for Tottenham, but his desire to move on to win trophies. Tottenham are determined to keep Kane at the club beyond the summer, despite interest from domestic rivals Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.

Transfers

Manchester United to target Ings ahead of Kane – Paper Round

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Paper Round’s view: Kane’s interview on Thursday was pretty telling. He made it clear that it would be him, not Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy who would be deciding his future. Obviously he’s under contract until 2024, but it would become difficult to keep a player of Kane’s stature if he publicly stated his desire to leave. The 27-year-old has given so much to Spurs, they should really respect his wishes if he wants to leave. The main problem is that it looks like he would be moving to a domestic rival. If Kane were to leave, Levy needs to make sure Tottenham receive a huge transfer fee and get their recruitment team to make sure the money is invested wisely.
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Aguero agrees Barca move

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is set to depart the Premier League champions this summer after 10 years at the Eithad Stadium. The Mirror reveal that the 32-year-old has agreed to sign a two-year deal with Barcelona following the expiration of his contract with City. Aguero has agreed to take a pay-cut which will see him earn £80,000 per week, which is less than half of his current salary. The Argentine’s reduced wage has opened the door to Barcelona completing the free signing of Memphis Depay from Lyon.

Paper Round’s view: Somehow Barcelona allowed Luis Suarez to leave for free last summer (to a direct rival) but are now looking to sign another ageing striker who struggles staying fit. The biggest benefit from the Aguero signing might be that it will keep star man Lionel Messi happy. The two Argentines are good friends and Barca are keen to do everything they can to keep Messi at the Camp Nou after he publicly declared his desire to leave last summer. The Catalan club’s financial struggles are pretty well-known, so the free signings of Aguero and Depay might be the best they can hope for in the transfer market.

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Sterling to extend City stay?

Manchester City are planning to open contract talks with Raheem Sterling before the start of next season, despite the fact that he has fallen out of favour in recent months. The Telegraph report that Pep Guardiola’s side hope that Sterling, who has just two years remaining on his current deal, will commit his long-term future to the club. The 26-year-old was waiting until the end of the season to open negotiations over a new contract, but City feel that they won’t be able to do this until after the European Championships due to Sterling’s expected involvement for England.

Paper Round’s view: Yes – Sterling has fallen down the pecking order at Manchester City in the past couple of months, but there’s no doubt that he is a world-class forward on his day. It’s been a season like no other due to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic so he may either be feeling a bit of fatigue, or even just lacking a bit of confidence after being dropped to the bench. There’s no reason for City to contemplate selling Sterling, so offering him a contract extension to commit his future to the club makes complete sense.

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Arsenal to sell Willock to raise transfer funds

Newcastle plan to turn Joe Willock’s loan move from Arsenal into a permanent transfer this summer, according to the Telegraph. The 21-year-old has been a huge hit since joining the Magpies in the winter window, scoring six goals in his last six appearances. The Telegraph reveal that Arsenal would be willing to sell Willock in order to increase their transfer budget and their chances of being able to afford to sign on-loan creative midfielder Martin Odegaard on a permanent basis from Real Madrid. Willock’s asking price was originally £20 million, but the Gunners may increase their demands after his recent run of form.

Paper Round’s view: An Arsenal academy product hits an impressive run of form in the Premier League and the club are instantly looking to sell him? It makes no sense. Willock hasn’t been given a fair run in the side from manager Mikel Arteta and he could prove to be a future star, based on his performances for Newcastle. Emile Smith Rowe is a good example of how the Gunners should be more patient with their youngsters. The 20-year-old was only given a chance in the Boxing Day win against Chelsea. Willock needs his chance at Arsenal before the club decide to cash in on him.

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Transfers

The two conditions that will see Mbappe renew at PSG – Euro Papers

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Transfers

Barca to sacrifice Griezmann to afford Messi contract – Paper Round

18/05/2021 AT 22:03

Manchester United to target Ings ahead of Kane – Paper Rond

United aim to sign Ings ahead of Kane

The Mirror relays that Manchester United are aware that Daniel Levy will aim to secure £150 million for their striker Harry Kane, and so will target Southampton’s Danny Ings, with the 28-year-old forward entering his last year on the south coast. He would be far more affordable and also give United the chance to focus their attention on bringing in Jadon Sancho.

Premier League

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Paper Round’s view: Sancho appears to be under the radar as far as the biggest clubs are concerned this summer, with Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland and Kane taking the headlines. With Edinson Cavani secured for another year, Ings would be a more reliable presence than Anthony Martial and allow them to move on the Frenchman, who is too inconsistent to turn United into title challengers.

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Arsenal set to sell Leno and Runarsson

Arsenal are intending to sell both of their current first-choice goalkeepers this summer, reports the Sun. Bernd Leno has made too many mistakes this season and so will be moved on, and the same will happen for back-up ‘keeper Alex Runarsson. As replacements, both Barcelona’s Neto and Athletic Bilbao’s Unai Simon will be targeted.

Paper Round’s view: Mat Ryan has played a handful of games while on loan from Brighton and he might make an affordable number two next season, given he has Premier League experience. The problem for Arsenal is that conceivably every single one of their players except Bukayo Saka and Kieran Tierney need to be replaced, and that is clearly too much to take on in one summer. Barcelona might be ready to do business with Arsenal should Hansi Flick want to sell.
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Giroud targeted by AC Milan

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is linked with a move to a Serie A club this summer, with the 35-year-old striker out of contract in the summer. The Daily Mail reports that AC Milan are keen on the player, as are fellow Italians Inter Milan, Lazio and Roma. He will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season, and Thomas Tuchel now prefers younger alternatives.

Paper Round’s view: Giroud is an exceptionally consistent and useful presence in the Chelsea squad but at 35 that consistency will have to make way to see if there is another, younger player who can be brought in and offer even more. A faster player would help stretch defences and suit the type of energetic players that Tuchel currently has at his disposal.

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Real Madrid set for seven player exits

Spanish newspaper Marca reports that Real Madrid are looking to raise funds in order to afford Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe. They could sell a number of on-loan players unless a new manager wants to retain them. That list of players is Brahim Diaz, Dani Ceballos, Jesus Vallejo, Luka Jovic, Take Kobe, Reinier Jesus, Borja Mayoral and Gareth Bale, though some may be loaned out again.

Paper Round’s view: Real Madrid had sensibly brought in a lot of young talent over the last couple of years but such is the nature of football that not all of those players ended up being good enough for the first team. Martin Odegaard could be the exception of on-loan players worth keeping, but otherwise all these candidates will probably be more useful in terms of fundraising.

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Barcelona ready to sell Griezmann

Spanish newspaper Marca reports that Barcelona will take the drastic step of selling Antoine Griezmann this summer if the right offer comes in, as his wages increase every year of his contract. The 30-year-old French international is respected as a player, but if Lionel Messi leaves then other cuts need to be made. Samuel Umtiti, Junior Firpo, Matheus Fernandes and Martin Braithwaite are also up for sale.

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Paper Round’s view: At 30, Griezmann is probably at his peak now and will be able to offer less and less in each future season. Getting rid of him now would allow Barcelona to balance the books a litte, but another advantage would be that the club could finally start to lower the age of the team after becoming one of the most superannuated line-ups across Europe.

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Cavani may not stop Kane move for United

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed that Edinson Cavani’s contract extension at Old Trafford does not mean another forward won’t come in this summer. The Mirror reports the Norwegian as saying: “We’re looking to strengthen the squad this summer. Of course there’s many things you have to consider when putting a squad together. I’m not saying if Edi [Cavani] stays that means someone else in a forward position won’t come in.” That means United may still move for Kane, who may also be wanted by Manchester City.

Paper Round’s view: Kane is an exceptional striker but he has played the best part of 500 games and at 27 he is not becoming less injury prone. Some clubs can handle those problems better than others, but it nevertheless represents a huge risk to bring in Kane for a club like United, who generally are awful with their spending, particularly on older players.

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Dalot wants to join Milan

One player who is unlikely to be at Manchester United next season is their defender Diogo Dalot. The 22-year-old has impressed on loan at AC Milan this year and he could be sold for around 10 to 15 million euros. One option might be for the Portuguese defender to return to Italy on loan for one more year, the Sun reports, before joining on a permanent deal later.

Paper Round’s view: Dalot was a reasonable player for United but he offered little remarkable throughout his time under Jose Mourinho and then Solskjaer. If he has found his rhythm at Milan then, given the relatively low quality in Italy, then he should try to get more time on the pitch there and try a more demanding league when he has had time to improve his performance level.

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Odegaard could stay at Arsenal

The Daily Mail reports that Real Madrid’s on-loan Arsenal playmaker Martin Odegaard would be content to stay in London next season. The 22-year-old midfielder admitted that much of the decision rests with his parent club, saying: “I am happy here at Arsenal, we will see after the season what will happen. I’m owned by Real Madrid, so we have to speak to them. It’s important to understand what they want.”

Paper Round’s view: Odegaard struggled at Real Madrid and he might not be keen to go back to a club that is in a state of upheaval, with no obvious sign of who will replace Zinedine Zidane. However, Arsenal are hardly stable right now and the Danish player might see a chance to return to Spain and impress whomever might come in for next season.
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