Januzaj turned down mega-money from PSG: Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj rejected an "astonishing" offer from Paris Saint-Germain moments before he put pen to paper on a new deal to stay at Old Trafford. The Daily Mirror reports that the midfielder's agent revealed the super-rich French club "were ready to offer anything" to secure the 19-year-old's services. Januzaj turned the offer down, and instead signed a five-year deal with United, believed to be worth £50,000 a week.
Paper Round's view: The mind boggles how much this "astonishing" offer was. Agent Dirk De Vries said "money has never been a deciding factor in his [Januzaj's] choice", which is nice to hear, although let's not forget that Januzaj still became the world's highest paid teenage footballer with his deal at United. He now earns more than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo did at the same age - not bad for someone who's not too fussed about money.
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Arsenal keen on Martinez: Arsenal have made an enquiry to Bayern Munich about Javi Martinez, according to The Telegraph. Arsene Wenger has made a new central midfielder one of his two priorities this summer - along with a striker - and the Spain international fits the bill. He is believed to be unhappy with his role under Bayern boss Pep Guardiola, having struggled to hold down a regular place, and Wenger wants to know whether the Bundesliga champions would be willing to sell. Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are also thought to be interested in the player, who would cost at least £32 million.
Paper Round's view: Martinez is such a high-quality player, to the outsider it seems bizarre that Guardiola does not rate him (even though Bayern have done just fine without him in their starting line-up). Yet their (sort of) loss could be another club's gain - why would they keep a player like that on the bench, if they can recoup their money? Arsenal have a sizeable budget to spend this summer, they need a central midfielder (although a striker must surely still be their top, top priority) and Martinez will want to get back to playing regular football. It all makes sense.
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Van Gaal draws up exciting hit-list: The contract is yet to be signed, sealed and delivered, but Louis Van Gaal already has a list of five transfer targets he wants to lure to Manchester United. The Daily Star reports that the Dutchman's naming as the club's new manager may be delayed beyond next week, but that hasn't stopped him from going to work on new additions. The names on that list? Cesc Fabregas, Toni Kroos, Marco Reus, Mats Hummels and Kevin Strootman. United are expected to hand their new boss a £200m transfer war-chest, the paper adds.
Paper Round's view: None of the names are new to being linked with United, but it certainly is an exciting list. How attainable each player will be is another matter entirely. Fabregas, for example, would cost a fortune in both transfer fee and wages and he wasn't interested in a move to Old Trafford last summer - and what has changed since then apart from United becoming a less attractive prospect? Kroos and fellow German Reus might be better bets, with both stalling over signing new deals at Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund respectively.
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Medel set to leave Cardiff: A brief report in The Sun claims that Gary Medel is poised to leave Cardiff City for Besiktas. The club's record £11m signing has a release clause in his contract in the case of relegation, which the Turkish club will now seek to activate.
Paper Round's view: Medel may not have set the Premier League alight, prevented Cardiff from dropping straight back down to the Championship or indeed lived up to his 'mad dog' reputation, but his combative style will be missed nevertheless. He departs these shores having managed to avoid being sent off and collected just six yellow cards. Which for him is a rather proud record.
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