Chelsea could sign Khedira for free: The Daily Star Sunday reports that Real Madrid's German World Cup winner Sami Khedira, "is ready to run down his contract and join Chelsea next summer for free. That would be a massive blow to Arsenal, who were ready to spend £24 million on Khedira this summer but baulked at his £150k-a-week wages. But it would represent a huge coup for Jose Mourinho, who managed Khedira, 27, at the Bernabeu and is eager to be reunited with him."
Paper Round's view: Real Madrid are the archetypal spoilt little rich kids, constantly buying new toys instead of bothering to find new ways to use all the shiny trinkets they already possess. But unlike a discarded box of Lego, footballers have the ability to work the system to their advantage. Real are said to be horrified at the possibility of missing out on a big fee for a superb player - but they'll only have themselves to blame. Who in their right mind would want to struggle for a starting spot once more after being a key man in a World Cup-winning side?
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Arsenal go head-to-head with United for Hummels: The Daily Mirror reports that the German defender is still available for around £30m despite denials from Borussia Dortmund and claims that, "the Gunners are ready to challenge Manchester United for the signature of the Germany World Cup winner."
Paper Round's view: Dortmund's insistence that they don't want to sell seems sincere to us, but the reality is that they're a selling club. If Thomas Vermaelen leaves - and that seems more and more likely, as you'll see below - then Arsenal will have some money to put towards a deal for Hummels.
Mats Hummels (AFP)
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Barcelona move in for Vermaelen: The Mirror reports that, "Barcelona have emerged as favourites to land Arsenal skipper Thomas Vermaelen for £10m," with new Barca coach Luis Enrique believing the 28-year-old to be "perfect for his rebuilding job".
Paper Round's view: Arsenal's Belgian defender has been a target for Manchester United all summer, but Arsene Wenger would be thrilled to sell to a club who aren't likely to be duking it out with the Gunners for a Champions League spot come next May.
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Manchester United battling Bayern over Di Maria: The Sunday Times reports that United face a new hurdle in signing Argentina's Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for £55m: interest from Bayern Munich. FFP rules appear to have ruled PSG out of the bidding, but Bayern "have asked about the forward’s personal terms… and it is understood that Di Maria would choose them ahead of United."
Paper Round's view: Surely this is the point that United must start looking at other targets instead. As good as Di Maria is, there's no chance of him turning his nose up at a chance to star for a club that is not only in the Champions League, but has an excellent chance of winning. The possibility of two European winners' medals in as many years will be far too strong a lure for Di Maria.
Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid)
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Pochettino to move for Eto'o: The Sun on Sunday reports that Tottenham are to hijack West Ham's attempts to land Samuel Eto'o. The paper quotes a "friend" of the Cameroon star saying, "Tottenham have been in contact with Samuel’s agent and they asked about what his situation is. Talks have been ongoing all week with West Ham, though, who have made the most serious proposals so far. But Spurs coming in suddenly has made it far more interesting for Samuel."
Paper Round's view: What is this, 2008? Eto'o showed beyond any doubt last season that, while he still has the odd flash, he is well past his sell-by date. That sort of a deal might work out for goal-shy, striker-deprived, relegation-battling West Ham, but Tottenham would be crazy not to aim their sights higher.
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Southampton target Rodwell, but face Napoli battle: The Star reports that the Saints are finally trying to spend some of the money they've raised in transfers so far this season, and have alighted on Manchester City's 23-year-old midfielder Jack Rodwell. The problem is that Rafa Benitez has long admired Rodwell as well and wants to take him to Italy.
Paper Round's view: Rodwell has far too much to offer to spend another season trying to escape the gravitational pull of the City reserves side. It's just a question of how far south he wants to move - but assuming he doesn't mind the idea of the dolce vita in Italy, then he'd be crazy to walk away from an offer by a club enjoying Champions League football this season.
Jack Rodwell (PA Sport)
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