Valencia offer Rami to United: Manchester United have been offered Valencia’s Adil Rami after the Frenchman’s proposed move to AC Milan fell through, reports the Daily Mail. Rami has spent the season on loan with Milan and was tipped to make the move permanent, but the Italian giants are reluctant to pay the £10 million fee Valencia are asking for. The 28-year-old France international is keen on a move away from the Mestalla, but, although a deal to stay in Milan has been outlined since October, Rami will now have to find another club. The Mail reports that Manchester United boss David Moyes has been offered the centre-half and it is believed that the Red Devils could be interested at £10m.
Paper round’s view: With the imminent departure of United captain Nemanja Vidic, who will join Inter in the summer transfer window, and with rumours speculating Rio Ferdinand’s future at Old Trafford, the Red Devils could be left very short in the centre of defence. Rami, who has European and International experience under his belt, would suit the Premier League very well. Strong, with a turn of pace and an ability to read the game – much like Ferdinand – Moyes should jump at the chance to take on the Frenchman, who would be a welcomed addition to a squad that has severely underperformed this season.
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Liverpool want Barca’s Tello: Liverpool are hoping to sign Barcelona forward Cristian Tello in the summer, and will offer the La Liga champions £12 million to secure his services, according to the Daily Mirror. Liverpool first showed interest in the 22-year-old two years ago, but were rebuffed in their attempts to take him to Anfield. However, with Tello not fulfilling his potential at the Nou Camp, it is believed that Barca could be willing to let him go for a fee of around £12m. The only thing currently standing in Liverpool’s way at the minute is Barca’s transfer ban. The Blaugrana have been banned from doing any business during the next two transfer windows, but bosses at the Nou Camp will appeal the ruling and will hope to have it overturned.
Paper round’s view: Tello would certainly add extra firepower to what is already one of the most exciting front lines in world football. With Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge already doing the business at Anfield, the Barca forward, whilst not likely to replace one of the aforementioned two immediately, would provide sterling back-up and excellent support for the two current Liverpool heroes. Tello’s chances at Barca have been limited due to their world class strike force, and the youngster could be keen on a move away from the Nou Camp – and who better than a side that are odds-on to claim the Premier League trophy and will be playing in Europe’s elite club competition next season.
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Atletico to beat City to striker’s signature: Chelsea look set to miss out on the signature of San Lorenzo striker Angel Correa, with Atletico Madrid the youngster’s likely destination, according to the Daily Mirror. The 19-year-old has impressed for his hometown club this season and has attracted a lot of attention from around the world. The likes of Chelsea and Barcelona have been linked with a move for Correa, but it is reported that Atletico will beat their rivals to the midfielder’s signature and will take wrap up a deal to bring him to the Vicente Calderon as soon as the transfer window opens.
Paper round’s view: Correa is one of the hottest, young talents in world football at present, so it is no wonder that a host of top European sides are all vying for his signature. Despite playing from midfielder, the 19-year-old has been dubbed ‘the next Sergio Aguero’ and could follow in his compatriot’s footsteps by joining Atletico Madrid this summer, of whom he joined from Independiente in 2006 before making the move to Manchester City five years later. Correa has six goals in 32 games from midfield this season, and whilst that goal return could be better, it is the Argentine’s creativity and ability to involve teammates that has seen him touted as his country’s next star. Barca’s transfer ban, Correa’s inability to speak English and Argentine Diego Simeone at the helm of Atletico all point to a summer move to the Spanish capital in the summer.
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Casilla to snub Arsenal and United: According to the Daily Express, Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla is ready to turn down the chance to move to either Arsenal or Manchester United in favour of staying in Spain. Barcelona have also shortlisted Casilla as a potential replacement for the outgoing Victor Valdes, but both Arsenal and United have shown interest in the keeper and would like him to give competition to Wojciech Szczesny and David De Gea respectively. However, the 27-year-old has insisted he has no intentions of leaving Espanyol this summer, and will be staying with the club he feels he owes a lot to. "My intention is to stay here. This club gave me so much when things were going badly, and I always had a helping hand when I needed them. Now I am happy here, enjoying myself and playing. This is where I belong. Obviously I want to stay. I am staying here at least one more year so it is not alarming to me.”
Paper round’s view: Casilla has performed solidly for Espanyol all season, and the 27-year-old has been earmarked as a potential replacement for Valdes – along with the likes of Marc Andre ter Stegen and Pepe Reina – for some time now. And with Szczesny and De Gea holding down current number 1 spots at their clubs, it was always very unlikely that Casilla would be willing to move to a club where he will not be guaranteed of first-team football, but all speculation can now surely be put to bed following the stoppers recent comments.
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