Juventus seek £62 million fee for Vidal The World Cup is spinning towards a conclusion, and thoughts are already turning towards next season. No more it seems than in and around Old Trafford. While Louis van Gaal is busy preparing for the Netherlands' semi-final with Argentina on Wednesday, the incoming Manchester United coach appears to have made it clear who he wants to recruit ahead of next season. Van Gaal's Dutch came across Chile in the group stage, and United are apparently sniffing around the Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal. According to the Daily Star on Sunday, he won't come cheap with the Serie A champions demanding £50 million up front plus Nani to agree a deal.
Paper Round's view Not sure this one is going to fly. Not for £50 million. There is surely better value to be had elsewhere in the transfer market. Vidal is a superb player, but is he worth the same as Luis Suarez, who Barcelona are trying to land for £63 million? Unless Juve lower their demands, Vidal will stay pui over the summer.
Liverpool to net £75 million from Saurez sale According to the Mirror, Liverpool are hoping to land another Chile attacker Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona as part of their decision to flog their troublesome Uruguay striker. That could see them net Sanchez and upwards of £40m in any player-plus-cash deal, but Liverpool won't lose out either way. They have made it clear they want a deal approaching £80m if Sanchez opts against Anfield. And Barcelona are keen to push a deal over the line, especially with the Neymar injury.
Paper Round's view This sounds much more like it. Liverpool have always made it clear they value their prize asset at around £80m. £75m with a few adds on would be about right if Sanchez doesn't fancy the move to Merseyside. If Liverpool can rake in such significant sums, it would be a huge coup for a figure they forked out £22 million to land from Ajax in 20011.
Samaras set for Celtic return New Celtic manager Ronny Deila is considering bringing Greece forward Georgios Samaras back to the club. Samaras said an emotional goodbye to Celtic in May afer a six-year stay, but enjoyed a fruitful World Cup campaign with Greece in helping his country reach the last 16. He scored the penalty winner against Ivory Coast, and Deila concedes he may yet be offered a new deal by the Glasgow club. But he also warned that he needs to do more defensively out wide.
Paper round's view It will all depend upon how much Samaras, linked with Everton and Sevilla, is wanting in terms of wages. The Scottish champions are not blessed with Premier League television funds, but Samaras' return could be a timely boost to the squad ahead of their Champions League qualifying campaign which begins next week in Iceland. It would feel like a new signing, but only if Samaras becomes more consistent.
Paper Round's view Not sure if Cole wants to stay in England. He obviously could join the Anfield club, but the fact he is considering Serie A tells you that this is not about money for him, more a lifestyle choice of playing and living in Italy.
Elsewhere today, Manchester City agree to sign Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero City need a decent back-up for Joe Hart after Costel Pantilimon joined Sunderland on a free transfer. And Caballero would appear to fit the bill. City are willing to buy out the Argentine goalkeeper's contract with a fee of around £6 million touted. Manager Manuel Pellegrini obviously knows what he can do having managed him during his days at Malaga. Reports from Spain suggest the deal has been agreed.
And the much-maligned and misunderstood Nicklas Bendtner apparently has 'many clubs' keep to sign him after his exit from Arsenal. His agent Tom Brookes has denied the Danish striker will join Eintracht Frankfurt, but said: "I am talking to a number of clubs and we are at the closing stages of the negotiations and sorting out the last few details. But I cannot say any more right now. There are options in England, but there are also clubs from other countries in Europe who have tabled offers. We have got a shortlist of interested clubs and would like to finish the negotiations as soon as possible."
Watch this space, as Arsene Wenger used to tell Nick.
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