Moyes' future could be decided tonight: David Moyes has claimed he has no fear of the axe dropping, but failure to progress in the Champions League tonight could prompt an early end for the Manchester United manager, according to a report in The Times. Moyes was bullish in his pre-match press conference, but the report claims his position at Old Trafford "could come under immediate scrutiny" if United are eliminated by Olympiacos. "There are growing doubts within the club about whether his tenure should continue into a second season," the report adds. "From boardroom to dressing room, there is a profound sense of awkwardness and a pained acknowledgement that, barring a dramatic transformation over the next few days, let alone weeks, the Moyes regime is beginning to look moribund."
Paper Round's view: United's board have backed Moyes to the hilt until this point, but surely their confidence in the Scot is now be beginning to wane. Is this evening to be Moyes' watershed moment as United manager? Who will be his Mark Robins? Is there anyone in his squad capable of saving him, like Robins purportedly did for Alex Ferguson all those years ago? We'll know more at around 9:30 tonight, although if United do pull off a result, Moyes stays and the club goes on to great things under his leadership, will we ever know how close he was to the sack?
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Inter target Torres: Inter Milan's sporting director Piero Ausilio was at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night to pursue his interest in Chelsea's Fernando Torres, reports the Daily Mail. The Spain striker, whose contract at Stamford Bridge has two years to run, is high on the Italian club's list of targets, despite his high wage demands. Nerazzurri boss Walter Mazzarri is also looking for a defensive midfielder, with Chelsea's John Obi Mikel an option.
Paper Round's view: A move to Italy could well tempt Torres as he looks to re-ignite a career that has stalled so badly at Chelsea. He must surely be aware that Jose Mourinho is looking at other strikers to bring in over the summer and that his future as a Chelsea player is anything but certain. If he can secure a decent wage at Inter, which should not be too difficult given new Indonesian owner Erick Thohir is throwing a fair bit of cash at his rebuilding project, it could be a decent move for the Spaniard.
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Everton look to tie down Coleman: Everton manager Roberto Martinez is prepared to offer Seamus Coleman a lucrative new long-term contract to ward off the attentions of other clubs, the Daily Mirror reports. Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City have shown an interest in the Republic of Ireland international, but could be disappointed if a new deal is tabled at Goodison Park. Martinez also indicated improved terms would be offered to Ross Barkley, John Stones and even James McCarthy, who only joined the club last year.
Paper Round's view: Martinez should be given great credit for encouraging youth development at Everton and if he is able to tie down these youngsters, the future of the club does indeed look bright. Whether Martinez himself is around to enjoy it though is another matter - won't there be a tasty job down the M62 available in the summer?
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Young Belgian talent wants Arsenal move: Michy Batshuayi has indicated he would prefer a move to Arsenal over Everton, after admitting he is likely to leave Standard Liege at the end of this season. The Daily Express reports that the 20-year-old striker, who in the Jupiler League's top scorer with 18 this season, has revealed the Emirates would be his desired destination due to their famed system of integrating young players into the first-team.
Paper Round's view: Arsenal would certainly be a good move for any young player, but so too would Everton who, with Martinez at the helm, are not shy of giving a chance to younger players.
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