United up ante for Shaw: Manchester United have raised their offer for Southampton's Luke Shaw to a staggering £34m, reports the Daily Mirror. The 18-year-old, who is set to make his first competitive start for England against Costa Rica tonight, is on course to beat Wayne Rooney as the most expensive teenager in world football. Southampton last month rejected a £27m bid for the defender from United, who are willing to offer Shaw wages in the region of £100,000 a week.
Paper Round's view: It's amazing that a player who has only featured 60 times for Southampton is going to cost such an astronomical amount, but Shaw is held in such high regard it is likely this kind of money will indeed change hands. Southampton have proved in the past they can play hard ball over the sale of their assets and they know how in demand Shaw is at the moment - they are certainly on course to cash in on their latest asset.
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United to increase Khedira bid: Meanwhile, the Sun reports that United are also ready to make an improved offer for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira. The Spanish club are resigned to losing the Germany international and keen to cash in on the player whose efforts during the World Cup have increased his value. The report states that United are willing to go higher than the £30m they bid last summer as new manager Louis van Gaal looks to revamp the squad.
Paper Round's view: Khedira might have had a decent World Cup so far (two games) but £30m does appear to be slightly over the top for a player who has failed to make the grade at the Bernabeu. Could it be that selling clubs are all too aware of the £200m war chest Van Gaal has reportedly been handed and know they can up their expectations as soon as United are linked to one of their players?
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Suarez should move to Spain: It's the right time for Luis Suarez to move to Real Madrid or Barcelona, according to his father-in-law. The Daily Mirror reports that Gustavo Balbi, who lives on the outskirts of Barcelona, thinks Suarez has nothing left to prove in England and should make a move to either club before the start of next season. "It doesn't matter whether it's one team or the other. He will not go to another team in England out of respect for Liverpool," he said.
Paper Round's view: Respect for Liverpool? Make of that comment what you like, but it is seeming increasingly likely that Suarez will quit the club after the World Cup. That's not because his family wants him to, but because he has always wanted to, and because his new contract at Liverpool does have a release clause in it. It will be a shame to see him go, but perhaps the time is indeed right.
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FA chairman spotted reading 'A Death in Brazil': Greg Dyke was "guilty of another major blunder last night", according to the Sun, after being snapped reading a book. Not just any old book though, a book entitled A Death in Brazil. You can draw your own parallels to England's current World Cup campaign, or just listen to the newspaper's view on it. "The title of the book is even more embarrassing as England’s World Cup bid died a shameful death with two successive defeats," the report reads. "And it is another PR disaster from Dyke, who was slated for his ‘slit throat’ gesture at the World Cup draw in December."
Paper Round's view: Man reads book shocker! Okay, he might have been reading it while at work, but you can't help but get the feeling this story would not have got anywhere near the back pages if it was a different book. And it's hardly an embarrassment.
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Inter target Nani: Inter Milan are willing to pay £12m for Manchester United's Portugal winger Nani, according to the Daily Star. Citing reports in Italy, the paper claims that Inter coach Walter Mazzarri has made Nani one of his main summer transfer targets as he bids to make his team Serie A title contenders once more.
Paper Round's view: A fun fact often forgotten is that Nani cost United £20m in 2007. That's £20m, seven years ago! It beggars belief really. (Not quite as much as Anderson costing them £25m the same year, but that another story.) Anyway, United would do well to get back £12m for Nani, maybe a little more if Nani can add to the goal he has already scored at the World Cup.
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