Cech wants to clarify future: Petr Cech will seek clarification on his long-term future at Chelsea after having started the new season behind Thibaut Courtois in the Blues' pecking order. The Independent is among the papers to report that the Czech goalkeeper will now speak to Jose Mourinho, after the manager said he wanted the 32-year-old to stay at the club. Courtois, who played the game at Burnley on Monday, has indicated he wants Cech to remain at Chelsea, although in a mentor role rather than challenging for the starting berth. The Sun, meanwhile, reports that Cech was left "bitterly disappointed" that Mourinho did not speak to him before making his decision to go with Courtois - who was informed just 60 minutes before kick-off at Turf Moor.
Paper Round's view: Unfortunately for Cech, we all know the answer Mourinho will give him if the pair do face off: Courtois remains the better long-term option for Chelsea, and the club cannot afford to lose him by handing Cech the number one spot. And if Cech is indeed "bitterly disappointed" by the handling of the affair, there's only one way this is going - a one-way ticket through the exit doors of Stamford Bridge for Cech.
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Courtois to double his money: Meanwhile, and as if to reinforce the point that Courtois is currently first choice between the sticks at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea will offer the Belgian a double-your-money £60,000-a-week deal to stay put. The Sun reports that the Blues will table an improved deal that will keep the 22-year-old at the club until 2019.
Paper Round's view: Despite this, apparently Cech isn't giving up without a fight and he reported for training on his day off yesterday. He's lost his place in the team, but in the notoriously fragile goalkeeping department things can change in the blink of an eye and should Courtois stumble, Cech must be ready to capitalise. If that is his thinking, he could yet stay put. But there has to be a limit to his patience, and if nothing happens for him by January, surely then a move elsewhere will then materialise.
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Sunderland eye up Welbeck: Sunderland have expressed an interest in Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck, according to the Daily Mail. The Black Cats have been chasing Fabio Borini, but with a deal for the Liverpool striker failing to materialise, boss Gus Poyet has turned his attentions to the England international. Welbeck has turned down an offer from Hull this summer but may consider his options over the next few weeks.
Paper Round's view: Welbeck has 'deadline day deal' written all over him. As things stand, it's likely he'll stay put, but if United reinforce their forward line over the coming weeks, Welbeck may be forced to look elsewhere. Sunderland wouldn't be too bad an option for him - at least he'll play regularly - although any move for Welbeck appears to depend on Borini, who remains undecided on where his future lies.
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Everton keen on Eto'o: The Daily Mail briefly reports that Everton are continuing to consider a deal for Samuel Eto'o as Roberto Martinez's search for a another striker continues. Eto'o is a free agent having been released by Chelsea at the end of last season and has been linked with Liverpool and Ajax, among others.
Paper Round's view: The thought of Eto'o pairing up with Romelu Lukaku in a Toffees shirt this season is an enticing one, but as ever with the Cameroon international, his wages could prove to be a stumbling block for a club such as Everton. He is thought to have earned £7m from his one-year stint with Chelsea, a figure the Goodison club would surely baulk at.
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Eagles swoop for Zaha: The Daily Star reports that Wilfried Zaha has attracted interest from Crystal Palace, as Malky Mackay gets ready to take over the Selhurst Park hotseat. Mackay, who is expected to sign a three-year deal to replace Tony Pulis, wants to make the Manchester United winger his first signing after being promised "significant funds" to spend before the end of the month. Zaha has been frozen out of the picture at Old Trafford and is free to leave the club.
Paper Round's view: The paper claims that it was a disagreement over Zaha that was in part responsible for Pulis quitting Palace - chairman Steve Parrish wanted to take the player back to Selhurst Park, but Pulis had misgivings about his character - but with Pulis now gone, the path is clear for the Eagles to make a swoop. This is a deal that could well happen.
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