Premier League - Paper Round: Chelsea set to land star striker

Chelsea are poised to land another striker after Fernando Torres’s departure, while Marcos Rojo’s move to Manchester United could fall through.

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CHELSEA IN TALKS OVER REMY DEAL: Chelsea are to sign Loic Remy from QPR after Fernando Torres’ departure on loan to AC Milan, reports the Daily Telegraph. The French striker, who failed a medical at Liverpool earlier this summer, has a clause allowing Champions League sides to buy him for £8.5 million. Jose Mourinho had wanted Roma’s Mattia Destro but has switched his target to the more attainable Remy.

PAPER ROUND’S VIEW: Remy seems like an ideal signing – he is a fine player with good Premier League experience, but is affordable and will not expect to start every week. However Remy’s arrival would put Chelsea back over the limit of foreign players over 21, meaning another player – probably Petr Cech – would have to leave before the transfer deadline. Mourinho has lamented his ability to sign a domestic striker, so it seems likely Remy will come in and Cech will leave.

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CLEVERLEY WEIGHING UP VILLA MOVE: Tom Cleverley will decide on a £7 million move to Aston Villa after meeting the club’s assistant manager Roy Keane on Friday, the Daily Mirror reports. The midfielder – who has one year left on his contract - is out of favour at Manchester United. Hull City have also had a bid accepted, while Everton and Valencia are also thought to be interested.

PAPER ROUND’S VIEW: Keane has signed countless players from United during his managerial career, and Cleverley looks a decent signing. He had a poor 2013/14 season, but has been unfairly maligned and can surely offer much to a side like Villa. Valencia look an interesting wild card – Cleverley has suggested his sideways passing would be more appreciated in Spain – but Villa remain firm favourites at this stage.

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UNITED’S ROJO DEAL IN DANGER: Manchester United’s £16 million move from Sporting Lisbon could fall through due to issues surrounding his work permit and third party ownership, The Sun claims. Rojo was part-owned by Doyen Sports Investments, and a row between Rojo and Sporting Lisbon means the deal has not been completed. Furthermore, Rojo has still not obtained a work permit – he has been in Madrid all week trying to secure the right to work anywhere in the EU.

PAPER ROUND’S VIEW: The Sun seems to draw a non-existent link between the two issues, but while a work permit can be obtained by appeal if necessary, the dispute between Doyen and Sporting is rather thornier. That said, United agreed a fee that both Sporting and Doyen were happy with, and can point out they are not involved in the argument. As long as they pay the money, it is surely a matter for Sporting and Doyen (and perhaps the courts) to work out how to distribute it. It seems inconceivable that the move would fall through – but United will be eager to sort the work permit and get a match under Rojo’s belt after the international break.

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ARSENAL CLOSE IN ON CERCI: Torino’s president has promised to sell striker Alessio Cerci if “an adequate offer” comes in, putting Arsenal in pole position to land the Italian, the Daily Star reports. Cerci has asked to leave the Serie A club, and would be an able replacement for the injured Olivier Giroud. The Star claims Cerci is Arsenal’s for £16m, and Torino have ruled out a deal with AC Milan following their acquisition of Fernando Torres.

PAPER ROUND’S VIEW: Torino president Urbano Cairo delivered quite the ‘Come And Get Him’ plea: “Cerci’s sale is still possible … there are still four days left ... I’ve given him my word that we’ll sell him if an adequate offer arrives … there are several options.” The question is whether Arsene Wenger wants to spend north of £15m for a player who has never scored more than 13 goals in a season, and who would represent a temporary fix during Giroud’s absence. Wouldn’t it be more like Wenger to rely on Alexis Sanchez, Yaya Sanogo or even Joel Campbell to fill be void? It feels like it.

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