‘Ex-Chelsea boss to grab Spurs hot seat’ - Carlo Ancelotti has emerged as a shock contender to return to the Premier League at Tottenham if Tim Sherwood fails to keep the job beyond this summer, according to the Daily Mail. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who has become aware of the dissatisfaction at Ancelotti’s job at the Bernabeu, is monitoring developments with an eye on offering the Italian the Spurs head coach vacancy. The former Chelsea man has the European experience and coaching pedigree that Levy is after and he could now surprisingly edge ahead of Louis van Gaal on the Spurs shortlist.
Paper Round’s view: With Real Madrid having blown their lead in La Liga, coach Ancelotti is under massive pressure to deliver the club’s 10th European Cup. Ancelotti, who won the double in his first season with Chelsea in 2009-10 only to be sacked by Roman Abramovich a year later after missing out on a trophy, would represent a canny option if Levy feels a change must be made at White Hart Lane. With his Premier League experience at a big club and European success at Milan in the past, he would be the respected name Levy has been after having watched Sherwood flounder since replacing Andre Villas-Boas.
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‘Everton and Liverpool join race for striker’ - Liverpool and Everton have joined the race for £8m Swiss starlet Josip Drmic, according to an ‘exclusive’ report in the Daily Star. The Merseyside duo are ready to rival Arsenal for the 21-year-old Nuremberg striker. Arsenal remain locked in a battle with their Premier League rivals and German sides Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen for Drmic's signature but Liverpool’s rise to prominence this season could see the club edge out Arsene Wenger’s side. Talk Arsenal have already struck a deal for Drmic is wide of the mark though he admitted a move to the Emirates would be a dream.
Paper Round’s view: Drmic, a versatile forward who can play through the middle or out wide, is a man in demand after a brilliant first season in the Bundesliga. He has carried Nuremberg and is the main reason they are currently on course to avoid relegation from Germany's top division. He has hit 16 goals - just two less than the rest of his team-mates combined - and is rated as one of the rising stars in German football. He would surely represent a fine signing for any of the interested Premier League parties, but Dortmund will likely prove to be very tough rivals in securing his signature come the summer with the young forward ready to become a surprise star at the World Cup.
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‘Mourinho planning radical squad overhaul’ - Chelsea are planning a mass clear-out of more than 10 players in the summer, with Fernando Torres, Ashley Cole and John Obi Mikel all set to leave, that’s according to the Evening Standard. Anxious to adapt to Uefa’s Financial Fair Play rules, the club want to bring down the wage bill, which means they will let Luiz leave for £30million and are prepared to sell some of the 28 players currently loaned out including Romelu Lukaku, Marko Marin, Victor Moses, Ryan Bertrand, Gael Kakuta and Josh McEachran.
Paper Round’s view: The senior members of the squad who are likely vulnerable include Torres, Demba Ba, Samuel Eto’o, David Luiz, Mikel, Cole and back-up goalkeepers Mark Schwarzer and Hilario. Mourinho is reportedly determined to make some high-profile signings, including Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa, to improve their ability to challenge on all fronts and is aware he has to raise funds to bring in the quality he wants. As such, this story may well prove to be true come the summer when wholesale changes may be required for Mourinho to bring in the talent that he hopes will take his side on to the next level.
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‘Arsenal and United remain in hunt for star’ - Borussia Dortmund are hopeful they can fend off interest from Arsenal and Manchester United by committing midfielder Ilkay Gundogan to a long-term contract, in the face of continued interest from the Premier League pair, according to the Daily Express. The 23-year-old, who has just over 12 months remaining on his current deal, was set to be the subject of summer bids from Premier League pair Manchester United and Arsenal. La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona have also been keeping tabs on the midfielder's availability for when the transfer window reopens.
Paper Round’s view: Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has seemingly put a spanner in the works after admitting he hopes to tie the Germany international down to a new deal before the World Cup this summer, but does that really count for anything if a serious offer comes in? A lot will depend on how United and Arsenal finish their seasons respectively and how Dortmund fare in attempting to offer Gundogan a contract that he will want to commit to for the long-term. Do United still have the power to draw such a player after a torrid campaign? Arsenal could be better placed but not without yet another tropheyless year. This story will rumble on.
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