Cavani in Premier League switch: Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani could be on his way to the Premier League after it was revealed that the Uruguayan's representatives are in London to discuss a potential move, according to the Daily Mail. Manchester United and Chelsea have been put on alert and may be tempted into moving for the £54million-rated Cavani, who has reportedly become unsettled in the French capital.
Paper round's view: The news that Cavani's representative's are in London to discuss a potential move as they consider their client's future comes as a surprise. The Uruguayan has been a success in France, but Laurent Blanc's insistence on playing him out wide to accommodate star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic may force a move to England. United enquired as to Cavani's availability over the summer but were rebuffed by the Ligue 1 champions, though they could return in the summer. They're sure to face stiff competition from Jose Mourinho, however, whose side will certainly finish above the Red Devils in the Premier League this year.
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English quad eye Marseille wonderkid: According to the Express, Marseille are resigned to losing 16-year-old starlet Maxime Lopez, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City all keeping tabs on the player. Lopez has already featured for the French under-19 side, but, due to his young age, is not able to sign a professional contract with the Ligue 1 outfit until his 17th birthday. However, the club are concerned that their offer of a five-year deal with guaranteed first-team football will be scuppered by the interest from the four clubs in England.
Paper round's view: Signing a potential young star who has absolutely no first-team experience can always be a gamble, even for a club like Manchester City whose owners have the deepest of pockets. Despite the hype surrounding Lopez – of which there is a great deal – there is always the chance that he could turn out to be the next Freddy Adu. Of course, the young midfielder could prove to be a star of the future, and securing his signature now would be a real coup, should that be the case.
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Lloris ready to quit Spurs: Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris could leave the London club in the summer should they fail to qualify for next season's Champions League. As reported by the Metro, PSG could tempt the French custodian into a move to the capital with a guarantee of playing in next year's premier European club competition. Lloris was quoted as saying: “The objective is to reach the Champions League. After that, it’s to close the gap on the biggest teams in the league. Without Champions League football? I’ve not thought about it. I must weigh things up at the end of the season.”
Paper round's view: It would be a real blow for Tim Sherwood's side should they not finish in the top four, and losing Lloris would set Spurs back a long way. The Frenchman has been questionably the Premier League's most consistent stopper this year and his performances warrant Champions League football. PSG's current keeper Salvatore Sirigu has played his part in the Parisian club's push for a second consecutive Ligue 1 title, but they would surely jump at the chance to sign Lloris should he make it clear he wants to leave White Hart Lane.
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Pochettino to replace Ancelotti at Madrid: Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with an audacious move to Spanish giants Real Madrid. The Argentine has impressed on the South coast since joining the Saints from Espanyol in 2012 and is being lined up to replace Carlo Ancelotti, who may be sacked at the end of the season, according to the Mirror. The 41-year-old has insisted he is entirely focused on achieving the highest possible finish with Southampton, but stated that, in football, contracts aren't very important.
Paper round's view: Real Madrid are still fighting on all fronts, but speculation continues to surround Ancelotti's future in the Spanish capital. And should the Italian depart after just one year in control of Los Galacticos, it's difficult to see Madrid employing someone of Pochettino's current stature, despite turning Southampton into an established Premier League side. However, the Argentine does insist on an attractive style of football and has overseen home-grown trio Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert secure England caps in recent months.
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