Moyes has £150m to spend, wants Cavani, about a dozen others: Manchester United boss David Moyes has been given a staggering £150 million transfer budget and will spend a chunk of it on PSG's Edinson Cavani, the Daily Star Sunday reports. Having bullishly claimed that top players are queueing up to join United, Moyes will spend the summer doing what he failed to do last time around, bringing world-class talent to Old Trafford. United also want Schalke's Julian Draxler and Dortmund pair Ilkay Gundogan and Marco Reus. Elsewhere, the Star lists seven United midfield targets. They are Juan Mata, Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana, Miralem Pjanic, Hernanes, Lucas Moura and Koke.
Paper Round's view: While United do have money (we know this because they tried, unsuccessfully, to spend it last summer), the Star's story is so speculative as to lack all credibility. The club's transfer budget will depend on whether they qualify for the Champions League, while Moyes's own future - much as United have preached stability - is far from certain. PSG have no need to sell Cavani, and the Uruguayan little need to leave. The remainder of the targets are just a greatest hits rehash of United transfer rumours - it's not inconceivable that they could land one or maybe two, but this story adds nothing.
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Rooney to leave Old Trafford: That Cavani rumour crops up in The People, allied to a tale about growing fears Wayne Rooney will leave in the summer. The England striker's contract expires in 18 months, and is expected to make a decision about his future at the end of the season. The People claim Cavani is disillusioned by the poor standard and lack of atmosphere in French football.
Paper Round's view: We have become well-accustomed to Rooney rumours, and with his contract ticking down the striker is in a strong position. However, he has been United's best player this season, along with Adnan Januzaj, and when push comes to shove he may find a lack of clubs willing to bust their wage budget for a bulky 28-year-old with a lot of miles on the clock who may not have long left at the highest level.
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United target Sevilla star: United are set to fail in their pursuit of Leighton Baines, with the Everton left-back on the brink of signing a new contract. The Sunday Mirror claims they have switched targets to Sevilla's Alberto Moreno. At 21, Moreno is eight years Baines's junior, and has been earmarked as a long-term successor to Patrice Evra. He is rated at £18 million and is also wanted by Real Madrid.
Paper Round's view: Baines does look set to stay at Everton and, at age 29, a new contract would most likely end any prospect of joining United. Moreno is an exciting player, but £18 million seems a huge fee for a player of limited experience. It's double what Barcelona paid Valencia for Jordi Alba, who was a star turn in Spain's Euro 2012-winning campaign. But given United nearly shelled out £30m-plus for Ander Herrera, anything is possible.
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Zaha loan move in the balance: Wilfried Zaha's widely-expected loan away from Manchester United depends on a return to fitness for wingers Ashley Young and Nani, says the Manchester Evening News. The pair are both currently injured, and while Zaha has played just 28 minutes in the Premier League for United, David Moyes is reluctant to see lose another attacking midfielder. Cardiff, Newcastle and Crystal Palace are the most likely destinations.
Paper Round's view: It has been a frustrating season for Zaha and a loan appears the best option. But Moyes's caution is understandable. He has been widely criticised for his refusal to play Zaha - that would intensify if the winger were allowed to leave and the club found themselves bereft of attacking midfield options.
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Arsenal want Vucinic on loan: One non-United line to finish on, as the Sunday Telegraph reports that Arsenal are set to bolster their attacking options with Juventus's Mirko Vucinic. The Montenegrin has featured only intermittently this season for Juve, who are out of the Champions League. He would be the perfect alternative to Olivier Giroud as a big central striker who can also score goals.
Paper Round's view: Vucinic is a capable player, and a loan seems like a logical move since he has fallen from favour with Juve boss Antonio Conte. Arsene Wenger is notoriously wary of older players, so a permanent deal for the 30-year-old seems unlikely. But as a short term option, Vucinic fits the bill perfectly.
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