Gunners close on double target: Arsene Wenger is confident of pulling off a £35m double deal for Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy, according to the Daily Mirror. Chile World Cup star Sanchez has indicated he is keen on a move to the Emirates, and the Gunners must now agree a fee with Barcelona. Arsenal are hoping £25m will be enough to land the forward. The London club has also held talks over a move for right-back Debuchy, with Newcastle expected to demand around £10m for the France international. Arsenal face competition from Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco, but Wenger is confident of securing his services.
Paper Round's view: Sanchez is thought to prefer a move to London, rather than Merseyside, and Liverpool look set to do a straight cash deal with Barcelona for Luis Suarez, without the Chilean included as a makeweight. Which, in theory, leaves him free to sign for Arsenal, assuming interest from Italy comes to nothing. As for Debuchy, well, it seems that in his mind at least he is no longer a Newcastle player after he deleted reference to the club on his Twitter bio. A reported interest in taking Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson on loan to St James' Park could also help smooth through a deal. All in all, these two deal are entirely possible - and good ones at that.
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Suarez deal to be sealed within 48 hours: Barcelona expect to finalise a deal for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez over the next two days, reports the Daily Mail. Talks are ongoing and the Spanish club are concentrating on a straight cash deal, who the Reds value at £80 million. Suarez is banned from all football activities following his bite on Giorgio Chiellini, but FIFA have confirmed the Uruguay striker will still be allowed to undergo a medical and complete a transfer despite the sanctions.
Paper Round's view: So Liverpool still expect £80m for Suarez? It's incredible really, that his latest indiscretion - and subsequent ban - appears to have had no impact whatsoever on his sale value. He may be appealing the sanctions handed out to him by FIFA, but as things stand he will be unavailable for the opening months of the new season. How can that not lower the price on his head? He's a great player, no doubt, but how can his inability to learn from previous mistakes failed to have altered his reputation? If Liverpool can pull this transfer off and pocket anything near £80m, they will have done brilliantly.
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Cole poised for Roma move: Former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole is on the verge of making a move to Italian club Roma, reports the Daily Express. The ex-England international, now a free agent since officially left Chelsea this week, has attracted interest from the Serie A club, who are desperate to bolster their defensive options with a seasoned veteran.
Paper Round's view: It's a mystery why more English players don't give playing abroad a shot. More often than not players who do take the plunge benefit from the experience, although in Cole's case, a stint in Serie A is hardly going to further his career. Still, a spell there could be enjoyable and a nice way to wind down his career. Good luck to him.
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Neville to be frozen out at Old Trafford: Phil Neville's future at Manchester United is uncertain with his position as first-team coach likely to be diminished by Louis van Gaal, reports the Telegraph. Neville was handed a senior coaching role by David Moyes, but the new Dutch manager has already finalised his backroom staff and Neville does not feature. The former left-back will arrive back at Carrington after the summer break today to learn his fate.
Paper Round's view: Continuity has been a buzz word at Old Trafford since Moyes left and while Van Gaal has stayed true to that idea with the appointment of Ryan Giggs, it's understandable there has to be a limit to the sentimentality. Van Gaal has his own ideas and his own preferences in terms of backroom staff - he can't be expected to retain all of Moyes' employees - and it appears that Neville is one of the obvious fall-guys.
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Elleray sorry for racist comment: One of English football's best-known referees has apologised for making a racist comment at an officials' summit, reports the Daily Mail. David Elleray racially abused Robert McCarthy, who is black and a referee coaching manager for the FA in non-league football, at a referees’ meeting at St George’s Park on June 21. No complaint was made but the FA investigated the matter and has formally reminded Elleray of the importance of the FA Council Code of Conduct code. Despite the breach of the code, Elleray remains in his position as chairman of the FA’s referee committee. He also sits on UEFA’s referees committee and acts as a technical adviser to FIFA.
Paper Round's view: This one has rather slipped under the radar, hasn't it? Given the FA's supposed standards on racism, how can Elleray still be in his position? That may change now the story has hit the back page of the Daily Mail.
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- Mathieu Debuchy
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- Alexis Sanchez
- David Elleray
- Phil Neville
- Arsene Wenger
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