Paper Round: Chinese want Rio, Frank and Jose

Paper Round: Rio for China


The club's chairman Wang Guolin said: "I want the best team in China and we are prepared to invest a lot of money to bring Ferdinand and Lampard to us. Many people here watch the Premier League and know how good the two players are."

Fellow Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua are still eyeing Didier Drogba, but are also in for Jose Mourinho - and will offer the Portuguese boss a mammoth £300,000 a week after tax. However he is expected to stay in Europe.

The deals are not so far-fetched as they might initially sound: the offers are being brokered by high-profile agent Pini Zahavi, who is already Ferdinand's agent. "When the Chinese want to achieve something they do it," Zahavi told the paper.

The good news that Fabrice Muamba is slowly continuing to recover makes many of the back, and front, pages. The Daily Mirror and Daily Star lead with the Bolton star asking to see his son Josh on awakening from his coma, while The Sun carries an exclusive with their columnist Harry Redknapp which describes the awful moment when the player collapsed.

"When they were pumping his heart, we realised just how desperate it was," the Spurs manager says. "I feared the worst. None of us could believe what had happened. Everyone was shocked.

"If it had been a Sunday morning footballer or non-league, I do not think he would have pulled through. It was obviously a problem that was there so it was lucky it happened where it did as the medical people were fantastic."

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The Daily Telegraph reports that Chelsea are on the verge of agreeing a £34 million deal to sign Porto striker Hulk, one of the key transfer targets for Andre Villas-Boas before he got fired.

The Portuguese club had insisted that they would not part with their talismanic Brazilian superstar unless somebody met the £85 million release clause in his contract; however the 25-year-old has apparently now decided that he wants to fish in a bigger pond than the Portuguese Superliga, and Porto would rather cash in than keep him against his will.

The Independent carries an exclusive report that Chelsea are to spend £30m on bringing Newcastle duo Tim Krul and Cheick Tiote to Stamford Bridge.

Villas-Boas had apparently made the pair his top summer targets, with goalkeeper Krul set to fetch £10m for the Toon and midfielder Tiote £20m. Despite AVB's sacking, Chelsea chiefs still want the deal to go through as they want to push ahead with a long-rumoured wholesale revamp of the squad.

The Daily Mail also has a Chelsea story, with the Blues tipped to hand the managerial reins to Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp. Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho reportedly remain top of the list, but the German coach - who led his club to the Bundesliga title last year - is also in the running.

In other transfer news, Manchester City's Edin Dzeko is unsettled and considering looking for a new club due to his lack of first team action (The Sun). A possible swap deal with Real Madrid is in the offing, with Gonzalo Higuain potentially moving in the other direction.

Elsewhere, Arsenal are considering a fresh move for Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila (The Times), Alex Ferguson sent his brother, Martin, to scout Rayo Vallecano midfielder Michu at the weekend (Daily Mail), Dimitar Berbatov's agent has admitted that the Bulgarian's loss of pace means he will be forced to move away from Manchester United this summer (The Sun), Ruben Rochina wants to leave Blackburn (Daily Mirror) and Dickson Etuhu has decided to quit Fulham at the end of the season (The Sun).

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