Premier League - Paper Round: Di Maria 'on his way' to United

Monday's papers claim that Louis Van Gaal is finally going to get his man, while several Champions League teams are interested in Loic Remy; here's the pick of today's stories from the papers.

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Premier League - Paper Round: Di Maria 'on his way' to United
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Di Maria finally on his way to Old Trafford: Sick of the continuing transfer saga centring on Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria potentially moving to Manchester United? The Daily Mail reports it could finally be at an end. After their somewhat shocking start to the season against Swansea on Saturday, Louis Van Gaal has apparently "insisted" that Di Maria is the man to make a difference. They reckon that he can look forward to a payday of around £200,000 a week.

Paper Round says: If Saturday's disappointment didn't convince the Manchester United hierarchy to splash the cash on Di Maria at last, we're not sure what will. As for those wages? Well, it's £50,000 a week more than he was reportedly asking from other clubs, so it seems that United chief exec Ed Wooward is well and truly on the case in his imitable style.

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Mourinho backs Courtois over Cech: The waiting is nearly over, and we will all finally get to see who Jose Mourinho's first-choice Chelsea goalkeeper is going to be. The Daily Express are backing Thibault Courtois, saying that he has "got the call" for Monday night's match against Burnley ahead of long-serving Petr Cech.

Paper Round says: We wonder if this is based on anything more detailed than Cech's own tweet in reply to a fan, in which he said he would always be prepared to fight for his place in the team. Either way, there's a 50-50 chance of it being accurate. We eagerly await the Express either trumpeting their predictive skills or completely ignoring the issue in tomorrow's edition.

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Eto'o heading to Arsenal: The Sun reckon that Samuel Eto'o is ready to snub Liverpool in favour of a move to North London and Arsenal. Apparently the attraction is working with Arsene Wenger.

Paper Round says: We can well believe that Eto'o would want to benefit from the ever-canny coaching of Wenger to extend his career further, and staying in London would no doubt be a boon for the Cameroon star - but do Arsenal really need Eto'o? They're looking in decent shape as it is, and Wenger has always been vehement insisting that he won't bring in players who don't strengthen the squad.

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Remy will leave QPR...but only for a Champions League side: Not content with the moniker "the philosopher king of football", Joey Barton is now moving into football agency, it seems, telling the Mirror that his team-mate Loic Remy may move on - but only to a Champions League club. He does at least appreciate that may be unlikely, shrewdly calculating that "there aren't many of them".

Paper Round says: There are actually 32 clubs who make the Champions League group stage, of course, but the problem for Remy is that the ones who might be interested will likely be those in the BATE Borisov/Ludogorets Razgrad / APOEL Nicosia bracket rather than the Real Madrid or Juventus that Remy is dreaming of. And given the medical uncertainty that hangs over him - and cost him a mvoe to Liverpool last month - you can expect Barton and Remy to continue palling around at Loftus Road for months to come.

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