Blues to bid £30m for 18-year-old: This crazy story comes at us from the Express on Sunday who claim Chelsea are ready to break the transfer record for a teenager and pay £30m to sign Southampton’s highly-rated left-back Luke Shaw, who is also wanted by Tottenham. According to the paper: “The Blues failed with bids for Shaw in the last two transfer windows but are confident that they can do a deal for him next month. Shaw, 18, grew up as a Chelsea fan and will be given the chance to fill the boots of Ashley Cole.”
Paper Round’s view: Shaw plays with remarkable poise for a man so young and looks destined to be England’s first-choice left-back in future. However, £30m is a quite ludicrous fee to pay for a player of his limited experience. Furthermore, Southampton are desperate to avoid becoming a selling club and there’s almost no chance they will agree to do a deal in January.
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Real Madrid target Aguero in £48m deal: The Sun on Sunday doesn’t make happy reading for Manchester City fans this morning with the paper announcing in a rather bombastic exclusive that: “SERGIO AGUERO is Real Madrid’s top target next summer. Real supremo Florentino Perez is plotting a £48million raid to add the Manchester City striker to his team of Galacticos.” With 10 goals and four assists in only 11 games this season, City will hardly welcome news of Aguero’s enduring popularity in Madrid.
Paper Round’s view: Sun reporter Anthony Kastrinakis is notoriously hit or miss but who could blame Real Madrid if they wanted Aguero, who is arguably the finest forward in the world after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. A serious sticking point is his close relationship with former club Atletico Madrid, though, and there’s no way City will want to sell. Try as they might, Real will probably fail to land the Argentine.
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Gunners have City star in their sights: After Micah Richards revealed he is considering his future at Manchester City, the Daily Star Sunday says Arsene Wenger is a likely suitor for the defender, who has been rated around £10m. However, “the Gunners boss will have tough competition if Richards is up for grabs in the summer. Newcastle have long been fans of Richards, too, and there is considerable interest from abroad with Inter Milan and Roma keen.”
Paper Round’s view: At £10m Richards is a decent back-up option and Arsenal still have some uncertainty in the right-back position with Bacary Sagna’s contract running down and Carl Jenkinson only impressing in bursts. Wenger has long been linked with the City man and perhaps a deal could be done.
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United move for Scottish wonderkid: Tongues have been wagging for a while now over Dundee United’s brilliant young talent Ryan Gauld, who has been compared to Lionel Messi. The Sunday Mirror says David Moyes has offered £3m for the midfielder as well as agreeing to play three pre-season friendlies against the Scottish club. “However,” writes the paper, “United’s bid falls well below the Tannadice club’s £6m valuation of the 17-year-old Scotland Under-21 midfielder, who is also on the radar of Real Madrid.”
Paper Round’s view: United have consistently been the first name in the frame for Gauld and if they come calling a move is likely to prove difficult to resist, for both the player and his club. Moyes would be well advised to get a deal done quickly though – he will want to avoid another misstep in the transfer market.
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Tottenham target Poyet, Laudrup: With Andre Villas-Boas’s future very much on the agenda, the papers are speculating about possible replacements and the Sunday Express throw up two names: Swansea manager Michael Laudrup and Sunderland’s newly-appointed Gus Poyet. The paper writes: “The Spurs chairman (Daniel Levy) would also consider Celta Vigo’s Luis Enrique, who (sporting director Franco) Baldini knows from his time at Roma.”
Paper Round’s view: Poyet? Is this some kind of joke? His main qualification appears to be having once represented Spurs as a player, because his managerial credentials are nowhere near good enough to take on a job like Spurs. Laudrup is a more likely option – though the first question to settle is whether AVB will hold onto his job or not.
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