United, Chelsea given huge boost: The Daily Star has good news for Louis van Gaal on the day he officially takes charge of Manchester United, with the paper reporting that the club's pursuit of Arturo Vidal has been given a big helping hand by last night's shock news that coach Antonio Conte has quit Juventus. The same goes for Chelsea, who hare being strongly linked with Juve star Paul Pogba, formerly of Manchester United himself. The paper writes: "Conte's resignation could pave the way for Pogba and Vidal to leave Turin this summer. Both have been linked with moves to the Premier League this summer following impressive performances at the World Cup."
Paper Round's view: This reeks of putting two and two together - but that's not to say the Star hasn't come up with four. Conte was a huge personality at Juve, recruiting both players and winning Serie A three seasons in a row, so it's likely that his exit will indeed cause unrest, and if the Premier League benefits by recruiting two such global stars, then all the better for it.
Liverpool fail with Davies bid: The Daily Telegraph says Liverpool's summer recruitment drive continues apace and following the exciting signing of Lazar Markovic, Swansea's left-back Ben Davies is on the agenda. However, Swansea are said to have rejected their opening gambit of £8m.
Paper Round's view: The author of this piece is Chris Bascombe, who used to work at the Liverpool Echo and has good contacts at Anfield, so it can be trusted. Furthermore, Brendan Rodgers obviously knows Davies well having managed Swansea before making the move to Liverpool. He is a very good prospect, but if Luke Shaw is worth £30m then Liverpool will have to offer a bit more for the Welshman.
Everton target World Cup striker: It could be a busy few days on Merseyside as the Daily Star, prolific this morning, claims Everton are after Colombia striker Carlos Bacca, who featured in the country's quarter-final defeat to Brazil. The Star writes: "Everton boss Roberto Martinez is considering turning to him if they can't re-sign Romelu Lukaku. Another loan deal would suit Everton but Liverpool want to sign him on a permanent deal."
Paper Round's view: Lukaku must be the top target for Roberto Martinez but if Everton cannot afford to pay his £20m valuation then Bacca, who scored 21 goals for Sevilla last season, is an interesting alternative.
Pellegrini snubs Brazil: It's a quiet day for transfer rumours in the papers but the Star carries an interesting story on its back page with the news that Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has turned down the chance to be Brazil's new manager, following the departure of Luiz Felipe Scolari. Apparently, the Brazilian FA have made the Chilean their No. 1 target.
Paper Round's view: The lure of being Brazil's first ever foreign boss must be hard to ignore - what a historic appointment that would be - but Pellegrini is right to stick with City. Brazil are a team in disarray, with big concerns over the state of their future prospects. At City he presides over one of the most modern and complete football clubs in the world, where everything is set up to ensure future success.
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