Real Madrid eye Ramires swoop: Ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is to make an ambitious bid to bring Ramires to Real Madrid from his former employers, The Sun claims. Ancelotti brought Ramires to Stamford Bridge in 2010, and is looking to bolster his midfield options with a £25m move for the Brazilian.
Paper Round’s view: It’s a pretty brief story in The Sun, which offers no source. And it seems pretty unlikely that Chelsea would let Ramires go, especially with Frank Lampard and David Luiz on the way out. Ramires is just the sort of workaholic, high-energy midfielder Jose Mourinho loves, and it would make little sense for the Chelsea boss to let him go – especially with the pressure on to deliver silverware next season.
Chelsea push Atletico over Diego Costa: The Daily Mail reports that Chelsea are growing frustrated over the delay in their £32m deal for Atletico Madrid and Spain striker Diego Costa. Everything is in place for the move to go ahead, but Chelsea feel the Liga champions are dragging their heels in the hope of attracting a more substantial bid from a rival club. A Chelsea source is quoted as saying they hope to complete the transfer before the World Cup.
Paper Round’s view: This story quite simply doesn’t make sense. No doubt Chelsea do want to get the deal completed, but the idea of Atletico holding out for more does not hold up. Chelsea have already met the £32m buyout clause, so there is no reason why any other club would offer more. And faced with two identical bids, Atleti would obviously rather sell to an English club like Chelsea, rather than see Diego Costa go to direct Spanish rivals like Real Madrid or Barcelona.
Rio to snub Villa, wants London move: Rio Ferdinand is set to reject a move to Aston Villa because he wants to move to London where he has relocated his family after leaving Manchester United. The Daily Mail says the 35-year-old has no shortage of suitors, with QPR, Crystal Palace and West Ham all interested. However, Ferdinand is holding out for a move to Tottenham Hotspur.
Paper Round’s view: It has become the norm for players of Ferdinand’s vintage to head for sunnier climes in the USA or Australia, but he seems determined to stay in the Premier League. He doesn't need the money, and given the apparent wealth of options, it is hardly surprising to see him hold out for a deal that allows him to base his family in the capital, where he grew up.
Remy desperate for Arsenal move: Loic Remy wants to become Arsenal’s first summer signing, reports the Daily Mirror. The France striker has a £10m buyout clause in his QPR contract and would jump at the opportunity to boost Arsene Wenger’s thin attacking options. Wenger is believed to be confident that he will beat Liverpool to Remy’s signature.
Paper Round’s view: It’s not exactly earth-shattering news that Loic Remy would rather play for Arsenal than QPR, and on the face of it he would be a great fit for the Gunners. Perhaps more interesting is the suggestion that he would prefer Arsenal to Liverpool – Arsenal’s French connection and an increased likelihood of first team football look to be the decisive factors.
Arsenal’s Insigne move hits snag: Arsene Wenger’s £17m move for Italy winger Lorenzo Insigne has had cold water thrown on it by the unlikely figure of the player’s agent. Insigne’s Signor Dieci Per Cento, Antonio Ottaiano, is quoted by the Guardiana s saying Napoli present a “huge mountain” to the deal, as they consider him a key player.
Paper Round's view: It’s rare for an agent to play down a move, but he has at least got people talking about it – and by claiming Napoli see Insigne as a key player, he has invited them to prove it with a new contract. This move seems unlikely, primarily because Napoli do not need the money Arsenal are offering, and are looking ambitiously at the summit of Italian football rather than trying to offload one of their better players. Given Wenger’s reluctance to break the bank, we imagine Insigne will stay put.
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