Sterling ready to quit Man City after being offered to Spurs – Paper Round

Sterling set to quit City

The Mirror explains why Raheem Sterling is now keen to leave Manchester City. The 26-year-old England international had been due to start talks on a new deal to extend the contract he has that currently has two years remaining. However, as he was used in a part-exchange offer to Spurs for Harry Kane, he has decided to reassess his future and may run down his deal.

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Paper Round’s view: Sterling had a difficult year last season and was unable to produce the form that people had come to expect. Pep Guardiola appears to have little patience for his players being inconsistent, and that is no surprise if he can always ask for more money to have them replaced. Quite where Sterling would be able to go from the Etihad is unclear now that he is not as deadly a forward.

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Kabak Premier League move still possible

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp decided against making Ozan Kabak’s loan move to Anfield permanent, despite a clause requiring a payment of just £17 million to complete the deal. The 21-year-old Turkish defender does have interest from elsewhere though, with the Sun saying £13m would be enough to convince Schalke. Potential buyers are: Leicester, Newcastle and Crystal Palace, plus Ligue Un teams Nice and Rennes.

Paper Round’s view: Kabak did not do enough at Liverpool to show why he was one rated as one of the most talented young defenders in Europe. If any club is willing to take a gamble, then giving him the chance to show his ability and rediscover his performance might be a simple way to bring in a player with huge potential who was sidetracked by his club’s problems.

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Haaland against Bayern move

While Bayern Munich have been credited with an interest in Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland, Spanish newspaper Marca believes that the 20-year-old Norwegian striker is not keen on making a swap between the two Bundesliga sides. He remains keen on joining Real Madrid, and if he decides to try the Premier League, Chelsea are leading the pack for his signature.

Paper Round’s view: Haaland is one of the most exciting talents in world football, and one of the players who looks able to take over from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as one of those talents that put away at least a goal a game. Staying with Bayern might not be an option given the German champions are struggling with cash this summer, and Dortmund want more than 100 million euros for their man.

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Amos turns down United

Manchester United’s former goalkeeper Ben Amos has turned down the chance to return to the Premier League club. The 31-year-old last played at Charlton Athletic but has seen his contract expire, and there is now interest from Ipswich, who need to add strength in their goalkeeping department. The Mail suggests that Amos did not want to go back to United to add cover as he wanted more playing time.

Paper Round’s view: United appear to have secured a deal for Tom Heaton when his contract with Aston Villa expires, and in turn Sergio Romero is believed to be wanted by both Juventus and Everton. Amos showed little in his career to suggest that he would be a success at United but given Tom Heaton looks likely to turn up as third choice, it appears standards were not desperately high.

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Villa make opening bid for Smith Rowe – Paper Round

Villa make Smith Rowe bid

The Daily Telegraph suggests that Aston Villa are keen on Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe. Villa have had a £25 million bid turned down for the 20-year-old playmaker, with Mikel Arteta hoping to tie him down to a new deal. Elsewhere in their transfer strategy, Villa have also secured the return of 36-year-old versatility player, Ashley Young, from Inter Milan.

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Paper Round’s view: At just 20, Smith Rowe looks like he could be an exceptional talent. It is difficult to see how he will be able to make the most of his potential if Arsenal continue to struggle, but there will be no shortage of interest next summer if he is able to prove his effectiveness with Arsenal for at least one more Premier League campaign.

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Barcelona weigh up Silva valuation

The Daily Mail claims that Manchester City have told Barcelona and Atletico Madrid that they value 26-year-old midfielder Bernardo Silva at around £51 million, and will be prepared to sell. However there is a chance that Barcelona can’t match that valuation unless they can add players to the deal, with Pep Guardiola apparently keen on Trincao and Sergi Roberto.

Paper Round’s view: Trincao looks to be an exciting prospect to add to City’s attacking resources, but Sergi Roberto is not quite of that same level. If Silva is to leave then City and Guardiola will have to work out how to keep their approach on goal just as varied, while potentially being able to lower the average age of the squad, and the cost of the players.

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Ramos to leave Real

Manchester United are on alert for a free transfer for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos. The 35-year-old central defender is leaving the club after rejecting the offer of a year’s contract extension, given he wanted another two years. United are looking at bringing Ramos to United to partner Harry Maguire, who has lacked a solid teammate.

Paper Round’s view: Ramos looks to have lost little if any of his ability, and he continues to offer leadership and important goals. For Real it may be time that they cut costs and bring in someone younger at the back, but for United and other sides he is well worth giving a two-year contract in order to hold down an experienced defender who can set standards.

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Vidal keen on Club America move

Inter Milan’s midfielder Arturo Vidal is keen on a move away from the Italian club this summer. The 34-year-old Chilean has a year left on his deal but a transfer would suit his current club, who are looking to trim their outgoings. Another option would be his former club Colo Colo, as well as Argentina’s Boca Juniors and Botagofo in Brazil,

Paper Round’s view: Vidal’s influence on the pitch has started to wane since his departure from Barcelona, but he has the experience to held guide sides to silverware. It seems that he is no longer an affordable presence at Inter, but anyone who signs him this summer will get a player who has perhaps the widest experience of top clubs across Europe.

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El Ghazi, del Aston Villa, encuentra su vacuna 'antihaters'

Hay jugadores que soportan bien la presión y otros que necesitan evadirse de ella para sacar lo mejor de sí mismos. Anwar El Ghazi (Países Bajos, 1995), es de los segundos. Desde que llegó en verano de 2019 al Aston Villa por 9 millones de euros, procedente del Lille, los hinchas del equipo de Birmingham le han tenido siempre en el punto de mira. Sus números la temporada pasada dejaron mucho que desear para un hombre que vino de Francia con la vitola de estrella: seis goles en 40 partidos son muy pocos para alguien que vino a marcar las diferencias.

La decepción por parte de la hinchada villain con El Ghazi fue aumentando hasta el punto que el extremo se sintió acosado por redes sociales y se vio obligado a cerrar su perfil de Twitter porque no aguantaba a los ‘trolls’ de internet, que no paraban de increparle.

Hace sólo una semana, Tyrone Mings, uno de los pesos pesados del Villa, salió en defensa de su compañero: “Espero que todos los haters que han hecho que El Ghazi se tenga que borrar las redes le pidan disculpas, Somos un equipo y tenemos que ir todos a una”. Su empeño por ayudar a su compañero fue en vano. “Que se lo gane en el campo” decían varias respuestas anónimas en las redes a las palabras de Mings. Y así ha sido. Esta semana, sin la presión ni el acoso de los sus críticos, El Ghazi ha callado todas las bocas a sus detractores.

El extremo holandés jugó su mejor partido desde que está en el Aston Villa y anotó dos goles en la victoria de su equipo ante el West Bromwich (0-3), que confirma el buen arranque liguero del conjunto villain. Sus allegados aseguran en los medios británicos que desde que se quitó las redes, se siente más tranquilo, más seguro de sí mismo. Y es que a los tontos, es mejor no hacerles caso.