Premier League - Paper Round: United ready to do business over Rooney

Manchester United tell Chelsea they are open to selling Wayne Rooney; another signing slips out of reach for Arsenal; plus the rest of the day's stories.

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Premier League - Paper Round: United ready to do business over Rooney
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Manchester United ready to do business over Rooney: Chelsea have been told that signing Wayne Rooney is more than just a possibility but only if United can find a replacement for the England striker - or so says the Daily Mirror. Jose Mourinho has already had two approaches rejected for the unhappy Rooney but has made no secret of his intention to make a third – after the upcoming Chelsea-United clash. And with David Moyes becoming increasingly irritated at having to deal with the issue, Chelsea could have a chance.

Paper Round’s view: Moyes is clearly irritated at having to constantly deal with the Rooney issue, which makes it highly likely that Chelsea will be able secure the striker's signature before the transfer window shuts in 10 days. But the situation is ultimately out of their control: Moyes will not be keen to let Rooney go without already having a replacement striker lined up.

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City pushed over Demichelis signing: Manchester City have been told they will need to pay nearly £5 million if they are to sign Martin Demichelis from Atletico Madrid. Despite the 32-year-old only having signed a one-year deal when he moved as a free agent from Malaga earlier this summer, Atleti have slapped a five million Euro (£4.26m) price tag on the central defender. But City are reportedly keen to pay no more than three million euros.

Paper Round’s view: While City may believe Demichelis is worth no more than three million euros, the position they find themselves in may force them to pay over-the-odds for the Argentine. Vincent Kompany has already been ruled out with a groin injury and Micah Richards is also missing for the same amount of time with a hamstring problem. Add to that the fact that Matija Nastasic only returned to full training this week after an ankle injury and Manuel Pellegrini finds himself with Joleon Lescott as his only fully fit defender. It’s early in the season but City would be better off paying Atleti’s fee and providing themselves with decent cover at the back before their defensive crisis costs them valuable position in the Premier League.

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Arsenal’s transfer window woes to continue: Arsenal have already missed out on a number of transfer targets this season and that looks set to continue with Paris Saint-Germain ready to poach Yohan Cabaye from Newcastle. PSG have made no secret of their long-term interest in Cabaye and are reportedly ready to launch a £20m bid for the Frenchman, double the amount Arsenal had rejected earlier in the week.

Paper Round’s view: Although Mike Ashley has openly admitted that Cabaye is his favourite player in the Newcastle squad, the Magpies seem resigned to losing the wantaway midfielder. With Arsene Wenger having angered Newcastle with the timing of their bid for Cabaye, just before their season-opening 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City, it’s more likely that the club would prefer to sell to PSG, especially with the French side offering twice the £10m that Arsenal have.

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Chelsea in pole position to sign Dier: Chelsea look set to win the race for Sporting Lisbon defender Eric Dier. The England Under-21 player has a £4.2m buy-out clause in his contract and impressed last season after becoming a regular in the Sporting starting XI.

Paper Round’s view: The 19-year-old did nothing to harm his budding reputation during a six-month loan period at Everton in 2011 and, provided they don’t baulk at the buy-out clause cost, would be a good investment for the Blues as they look to regain the Premier League title they last won in 2010.

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