Chelsea to make final offer for Rooney: The Sunday Mirror reports Jose Mourinho will make one final attempt to sign Wayne Rooney from Manchester United, with a £40 million bid on the way and Chelsea ready to pay £300,000 per week to secure the England international. Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski is a back-up and his club could be tempted to sell for £40m.
Paper Round’s view: £300,000 a week is a huge, huge salary but convincing Rooney isn’t the problem. United have been very firm in their insistence that the striker will not be leaving, and particularly to Chelsea, and to lose him at this late stage of the window would be seen as a huge embarrassment.
Rooney still optimistic of sealing Chelsea move, but Arsenal also an option: The Sunday Times adds meat to the Rooney bones by claiming he is still hopeful of getting his move to Stamford Bridge, but if that proves impossible then the striker will consider a move to Arsenal, who have shown renewed interest. Either way, the deal will not be done before the two clubs play each other next week.
Paper Round’s view: Would Rooney really want to join a club in Arsenal that lost to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season and is in turmoil? It must be Chelsea or bust.
Arsenal face £25m price tag for Michu: Having failed to sign Luis Suarez, Arsenal are now hoping to get hold of Swansea star Michu but the Sunday Mirror reports he will cost as much as £25m, even if the forward is keen on moving to London. Arsenal also want Micah Richards as they desperately look for reinforcements before the window closes. Atletico Madrid’s Juanfran and PSV sensation Zakaria Bakkali are also targets.
Paper Round’s view: £25m is far too much for Michu after one good season in the Premier League but Arsenal are in a terrible negotiating position due to their desperation and the pressure the fans are putting on the club to spend. They might have to pay over the odds if they want the Spaniard.
Real Madrid leave space in squad for Bale: Fans of reading too much into squad numbers will be delighted to read this morning that Madrid are yet to allocate their No. 11, previously worn by Ricardo Carvalho of all people, for the coming season. According to the Sunday Express, the jersey has been set aside for Tottenham’s Gareth Bale.
Paper Round’s view: Bale wears No. 11 at Spurs so this story has legs but Madrid need to step up their efforts to get hold of the Welshman with time running out in the window.
Everton target £15m McCarthy: With money likely arriving from the possible sales of Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United, Everton have targeted Wigan midfielder James McCarthy and could be ready to pay up to £15m for the Ireland international, according to the Daily Star Sunday. However, they have to raise the cash before getting the deal done.
Paper Round’s view: Roberto Martinez targeting a Wigan player? Surely not? In all seriousness, McCarthy is the perfect fit for Everton and he absolutely has to be playing in the Premier League next season. Put your house on this one.