‘City to make world-record bid for Bayern hero’ – Manchester City are reportedly plotting a world record-breaking transfer move for German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Manuel Pellegrini feels his side can secure Neuer – seen as the best keeper in world football. Insiders say he will be offered a weekly wage of £105,000, which would make him the highest-paid stopper in football. City’s owners would have to part with a minimum of £40 million to secure the 6ft 4in Bayern Munich star.
Paper Round’s view: Pellegrini has just confirmed that Joe Hart will be in goal for the Champions League trip to Bayern Munich on Tuesday and it will be a huge night for the England keeper. Is this bid likely from City? Very likely. Would Neuer be interested in the move? Very unlikely. Why would he swap being a part of the all-conquering German giants under Pep Guardiola to move to England? No chance.
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‘Arsenal to move for Everton star’ - Arsene Wenger will reportedly make an ambitious move for Everton’s Seamus Coleman if Bacary Sagna fails to sign a new deal. The Arsenal boss wants his French World Cup defender, who becomes a free agent in the summer, to commit beyond the end of the season. Coleman, 25, is now an Everton regular and recently signed a long-term contract, so his price could be as high as £10 million.
Paper Round’s view: The Irish full-back has a great deal of promise and has been linked with a move to a top club before, but this does not seem like a typical Wenger purchase. Coleman would undoubtedly come very overpriced from Everton and the frugal Frenchman would be more likely to seek value from abroad if Sagna is not keen on signing a new deal.
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‘Liverpool and Arsenal vie for signing of Turkish striker’ - Arsenal and Liverpool are reportedly battling for Hamburg's super young Turkish star Hakan Calhanoglu. Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers are sending top spies to watch the teenage talent this weekend on the back of his stunning progress in the Bundesliga. Calhanoglu could have his pick of clubs in January, with the two Premier League giants on alert in case he is for sale.
Paper Round’s view: Hamburg are very likely to want to cash in on Calhanoglu as they are midtable and unlikely to receive any financial windfall from the Champions League. It is very clear that Arsenal are keen to bolster their forward ranks, while a summer move would appear to make sense for Liverpool with Luis Suarez very likely to depart to Real Madrid or elsewhere.
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‘New Fulham boss to allow Berbatov to walk out’ - New Fulham head coach Rene Meulensteen has reportedly insisted that he will not block Dimitar Berbatov's departure if the Bulgarian striker carries out his threat to leave the club in January. The 32-year-old striker is claimed to be unhappy and looking 'to find another option' according to his agent Emil Dantchev. Although he rates the forward, the Dutchman insists he will allow him to leave Craven Cottage.
Paper Round’s view: It would be very understandable for Fulham to want to part ways with the sulky striker in January as he has stunk the place out of late with his brooding displays on the field and petulant antics off it. Meulensteen has talked of having a more disciplined, drilled and hard-working side battling for him in the second half of the season and Berbatov would be unlikely to fit into that vision. For all his undoubted talent, it’s time to move on, it seems.