Premier League - Paper Round: Balotelli set for English return

AC Milan are ready to sell Mario Balotelli to an English club; Chelsea are after a Juventus star; and David Moyes has already been "bombarded" with job offers – the top stories from the Sunday Papers.

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AC Milan to sell Balotelli to Arsenal or Tottenham: AC Milan have run out of patience with the antics of Mario Balotelli and are ready to sell him to Arsenal or Tottenham in the summer, according to the Sunday Express. Balotelli clashed with journalists after being substituted during Milan's 2-0 loss to Roma on Friday night. And reports in Italy suggest that the outburst is the final straw for the Milan hierarchy. The paper says Balotelli may feel that a move back to England, where people are more appreciative of his abilities and eccentricities, could be a good option at the end of the season.

Paper Round's view: We are not surprised that AC Milan are looking to wash their hands of Balotelli, who has continually proved to be more trouble than he is worth. What we are more sceptical about is the reported interest from Arsenal and Tottenham. Both clubs could certainly do with a striker of Balotelli's ilk but wouldn't they find the undoubted baggage he will arrive with off putting? We would not rule out the move completely though. While Balotelli does not seem like an Arsene Wenger player, the Frenchman might feel it is time to really roll the dice with his signings due to the club's stagnation, while Tottenham are struggling to get their hands on the really top players without Champions League football - and they might see Balotelli as the sort of star who could get them to the top table if they could keep him on his best behaviour.

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Chelsea eye £20m swoop for Juventus star: Chelsea are plotting a £20million summer swoop for Juventus’ Arturo Vidal according to the Sunday Mirror. Jose Mourinho’s scouts have been keenly watching the Chile star, an all-round box-to-box player seen as a potential replacement for the Blues' long-serving Frank Lampard. Vidal, 26, is believed to fancy a move away from the Serie A leaders this summer - and with Juve expressing an interest in Chelsea’s Brazilian midfielder Ramires, a swap deal could even be struck.

Paper Round's view: We are not surprised that Chelsea are interested in Vidal who is one of the most outstanding midfield talents in world football. However, we find it hard to believe that Juventus would sell him for just £20m. Italy's 'Old Lady' have risen back to prominence in Italy over the last few season and the next step for them is to make an impact in the Champions League. They will not be in the business of selling their best players, so if Chelsea really want the player, they can expect to pay close to double the fee the Mirror are suggesting, or perhaps £20m plus Ramires.

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Next United manager 'must win the Premier League': Manchester United will set their new manager the immediate target of winning the Premier League next season, in the wake of David Moyes’s disastrous tenure. With sources close to Louis van Gaal insisting on Saturday night that the Holland coach had agreed to take over at Old Trafford — but had not yet signed a deal — the United hierarchy will press ahead with spending up to £200 million this summer. Senior sources told The Sunday Telegraph that whoever takes over would be expected to deliver the title in their first campaign.

Paper Round's view: Whether it is Van Gaal, Ryan Giggs or somebody else, it is right that United should be targeting the title in their first campaign. It was only 12 months ago they were champions after all. Moyes's reign was so disastrous that improvement should be a given and Champions League football should be the minimum aim. The Telegraph are going a bit overboard in their headline, saying United will 'demand' the title off the next boss; we suspect everybody at United will be satisfied if the new boss at least re-establishes the club as challengers again next campaign.

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Moyes bombarded with interest from clubs after sacking: David Moyes is set to make a swift return to football management after being bombarded with interest from clubs across Europe in the past few days, reports the Sunday Express. There has been serious contact already from Germany and clubs in Spain and Turkey, as well as discreet inquiries from the Premier League. The paper lists the Bundesliga as the most likely destination as Moyes has admired the league for its vibrancy and strong culture of ownership by supporters.

Paper Round's view: We asked our Germany office a few days ago about the chances of a German club appointing Moyes and they told us it was very unlikely anybody would bein the Scot. Unfortunately Moyes is known throughout Europe for his Manchester United spell and would be a tough sell. Closer to home, however, people still appreciate the job he did with Everton so he is more likely to land a big job in the Premier League. Newcastle, Tottenham, West Ham and Aston Villa could all become options for him in the summer. Personally we think he could do with a rest and should enjoy some of his big pay-off before returning to the stresses of football management. That seems to be his main focus at the moment: he's pictured in a couple of Sunday papers soaking up some sunshine in Florida.

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Everton to block Arsenal's move for Coleman: Everton are ready to tie up Seamus Coleman on a bumper new deal – as Arsenal prepare to move in. The Ireland right-back is set for a pay hike at Goodison despite only recently signing a four-year contract. Coleman is happy to stay on Merseyside, but Arsenal would more than double his current £30,000-a-week salary.

Paper Round's view: The PFA awards take place on Sunday evening and we fully expect Coleman to be named as the right-back in the team of the year award. His stock continues to rise and he has earned a pay rise, whether that be with Everton or someone else. It is no surprise Arsenal want the player, but Everton have him locked up to a long-term deal so it would take a massive fee to prize him away. The Toffees played hardball with Manchester United and got £27.5m for Marouane Fellaini so you would be talking about those sort of sums again if a deal for Coleman was to be struck.

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