United target Vidal: Arturo Vidal is now Manchester United's top midfield target, but the club are so wary about the Chilean's fitness a complicated, appearance-based contract may be needed, reports the Independent. Vidal would set back United around £34m - taking their two-year spend over the £200m mark - but the club want to ensure they do not make an expensive mistake, considering Vidal's knee problems.
Paper Round's view: United's signing of Di Maria is an exciting, if overpriced one, but his arrival at Old Trafford does not address Louis van Gaal's desperate need for a new, commanding presence in the middle of the park. Vidal would provide that and at this late stage, perhaps United have no choice but to take a risk on the player. They are desperate, and desperate times call for desperate measures. As long as they can cover their backs financially, they might just have to take a leap of faith with Vidal.
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Milan want Torres on loan: The Daily Mail claims that AC Milan are continuing talks with Chelsea over a possible deal for Fernando Torres as the Italian club looks to replace Mario Balotelli. The Rossoneri want to take Torres on loan, but the player's camp are holding out for proposals for a permanent move, according to the report. Roma are also thought to be interested in the Spanish striker.
Paper Round's view: Torres was left on the bench for Chelsea's opening Premier League game of the season at Burnley and then omitted from the matchday squad entirely for the match against Leicester and it would seem there is little hope of him seeing much action if he stays put. Mourinho has said he wants him to stay, but Torres really has little option but to seek pastures new. And with a space opening up at the San Siro, at least he could expect to play in he went to Italy. Torres' wages of £150,000-a-week could prove to be a stumbling block though, for either a loan or a permanent move.
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Gunners target Welbeck or Remy: Arsenal may be forced to seek a replacement for injured Olivier Grioud before the transfer window closes. The Sun reports that Arsene Wenger may turn to Danny Welbeck or Loic Remy amid growing fears that Giroud broke his ankle during the win over Everton on Saturday. Welbeck is free to leave Manchester United and would be available for around £15m, while Remy, who nearly joined Liverpool earlier in the summer for £8.5m, would be a more affordable option.
Paper Round's view: You couldn't make it up, could you? Arsenal have been after reinforcements in the striking department all summer and two games into the new season, they lose their main attacker. If scans do confirm Arsenal's worst fears and Giroud faces three months recovery, a dip into the transfer market is essential. Of the two players mentioned in the article, Welbeck would arguably be the better option, but he comes at a price. That said, Arsenal are no longer shy of digging deep into their pockets these days, and given their predicament, they may have to once more. Otherwise, a loan deal may suit all parties.
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Everton close on Eto'o: Samuel Eto'o will sign for Everton today, according to several reports. The Sun claims that Toffees boss Roberto Martinez hopes to thrash out a deal for the Cameroon international as back-up for £28m signing Romelu Lukaku. The paper adds that Martinez was also considering United's Welbeck, but financial considerations meant that he has plumped for free agent Eto'o. All that is left is for Everton to agree terms as part of a two-year deal with the former Chelsea striker.
Paper Round's view: Most papers have this story today, leading us to believe there is some weight behind it and Eto'o could well be an Everton player before next weekend's round of matches. Eto'o may be of a certain age, but he can still do a job at the highest level - his 12 goals in 35 games last season is testament to that. This could be a decent buy for Everton, if they don't go overboard on wages.
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Spurs eye Fazio: Tottenham are looking to bolster their defence with the signing of Sevilla captain Federico Fazio, according to The Sun. Mauricio Pochettino's side are thought to be close to sealing an £8m deal for the centre-back after triggering a release clause in his contract. Spurs hope to fund his signing by selling Michael Dawson to Hull.
Paper Round's view: “We don’t want to negotiate because our desire is to keep Fazio at Sevilla. But when an English team is interested in one of our players it is difficult," said Sevilla's sporting director Monchi, rather encouragingly. More importantly, if a bid has activated a release clause and the player wants to move, there is nothing Sevilla will be able to do about it. This is a deal that looks like happening.
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Hammers fans to wear Tevez masks: The Daily Mirror reports that West Ham fans will don Carlos Tevez masks for tonight's Capital One Cup clash against Sheffield United at Upton Park, when the two clubs meet for the first time since a legal wrangle over the Argentina star. Animosity between the two clubs still festers after Tevez helped West Ham to Premier League survival during the 2006-07 season at the Yorkshire club's cost, despite the Hammers having breached third-party ownership rules over the player. West Ham were, however, order to pay compensation of £20m to the Blades, an amount they only finished paying last year.
Paper Round's view: It may only be an early round of English football's worst competition, but tonight's must-watch encounter promises spice, all thanks to Tevez. West Ham co-chairman David Gold tweeted: “Let’s win the game and move on", but he's dreaming if he thinks this will die down any time soon. An unlikely rivalry was born out of the affair, and there will be fireworks whenever the two sides meet - which isn't a bad thing, is it?
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