Premier League - Paper Round: United and Arsenal to steal each other's targets

Could Manchester United and Arsenal steal each other's transfer targets? And is Fernando Torres on his way back to Madrid? The latest paper gossip tries to make sense of it all.

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Obviously most of the back pages are devoted to Liverpool's victory over Manchester United, which is well covered elsewhere on the site, but there are also some transfer rumours knocking around the place too.

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Manchester United eyeing Arsenal's £37m target Julian Draxler: United made another check on Arsenal’s £37 million target in Schalke’s 2-1 win in Augsburg on Friday night reports the Daily Star. The paper says United boss David Moyes has identified Germany as the place to recruit midfield talent. In addition to Draxler, United are in pole position to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan. And Moyes is also an admirer of Gundogan’s team-mate – Marco Reus – and Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos.

Paper Round's view: The manner of Manchester United's defeat against Liverpool must have alarmed any potential transfer targets watching. It is all very well and good having a massive war chest, but top players can pick and choose where they want to go and Old Trafford is not looking like the most desirable location at the moment. United have a tough decision to make on Moyes first, and their transfer targets could change if their alarmingly poor form tempts them into a managerial change. This looks like a pretty flimsy rumour as things stand but we will just have to wait and see.

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Arsenal lead Manchester United in transfer chase for Matthias Ginter of Freiburg: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is heading the £8m race for Germany’s new star centre-half Matthias Ginter, according to the Daily Mirror. Wenger sent chief scout Steve Rowley to watch the recently-capped Freiburg defender in the Bundesliga this weekend. The Gunners have been on the trail of 6ft 3in 20-year-old for months, but are now stepping up their interest ahead of a summer bid. Manchester United have also been keeping an eye on the player, but Wenger has strong relations with Freiburg and would have a good chance in the chase.

Paper Round's view: This seems like a typical Arsenal signing: a somewhat raw player with massive amounts of potential at a decent fee. With Thomas Vermaelen likely to leave at the end of the season, Arsenal could do with a quality centre-half to back-up, and put pressure on, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker. That partnership has developed into one of the best in the Premier League, so somebody like Ginter, who would be hoping but not expecting to start makes sense. If United are indeed also interested they may have to pitch regular first-team football to land him ahead of the Gunners. With Nemanja Vidic leaving and Rio Ferdinand looking ready for the knacker's yard, it is certainly a position where they need some help.

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Atletico Madrid want Fernando Torres to come home: Fernando Torres turns 30 this week and Atletico Madrid are pining for a summer return of the man they still call The Kid, reports the Sun. Boss Diego Simeone wants Torres back at his boyhood club seven years after leaving for Liverpool — and then Chelsea.

Paper Round's view: On paper this seems to make sense as Torres is an icon at the Vicente Calderon and Chelsea would certainly be willing to listen to some sort of deal that would see Diego Costa going the other way. However, we have our doubts. Torres is not the player that left Spain, his form has been average at best for a number of seasons, and Simone does not seem like the sentimental type. It is a credit to the job that the Argentine has done at Atletico that Torres simply does not look good enough for a side that are challenging for both Spanish and European honours. If he did end up replacing Costa, that would be a major downgrade.

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Arsenal and Tottenham both want Gus Poyet's son: A host of Premier League clubs, led by Arsenal and Tottenham, are tracking Gus Poyet's son Diego, who could leave Charlton in the summer according to the Daily Mail. The 18-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and has been watched by a number of top flight sides. Although a summer top flight move would be a free transfer, a tribunal fee would need to be paid given his age.

Paper Round's view: If Poyet Junior is so good we have to ask the question: Why aren't Sunderland interested? A move to the Black Cats might make the most sense here, as it would be a step up in class but one where he might have actually have chance of getting into the first team. If he is so good that only the bigger sides are interested, it could be a close battle between Tottenham and Arsenal. Spurs have the benefit of being one of Poyet's senior's former clubs, so he father surely knows people there who could help his son settle, but Arsenal's record of developing young players might give them the edge.

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Everton boss Roberto Martinez targeting Espanyol's £3m man Sergio Garcia: Everton are closing in on a £3m summer move for Espanyol forward Sergio Garcia according to the Daily Star. The striker – who can also play on the wing – is available for a knock-down price because he is entering the final year of his contract and will not sign a new deal.

Paper Round's view: It is hard to see thrifty Everton being able to hang on to Romelu Lukaku so they will certainly need a new striker. Garcia could fit the bill, although at 30, he is hardly one for the future. They may sign him and compliment him with a younger prospect who can be eased into the team though.

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