Moyes launches fresh attack on Martinez over Fellaini and Baines: David Moyes has added further fuel to the building war between Manchester United and former club Everton by claiming new Toffees boss Roberto Martinez is ruining the careers of Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines by refusing to sell them to him, according to The Guardian. United had a £28 million bid for the duo rejected earlier in the week and are apparently set to up their offer to £30m. “I know that if I'd been Everton manager and Sir Alex had come asking for Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini, I'd have found it very difficult to keep them because I always felt the right thing to do was what was right for the players,” Moyes said.
Paper Round’s view: Give us strength. Who does Moyes think he's kidding? It's just embarrassing to pretend that he'd have done what was right for the players ahead of what was right for the club while he was at Everton. Paper Round has rarely heard anything so ridiculous, and considering how much newspaper football coverage we get through that is REALLY saying something. Moyes's reputation is nosediving, and Everton will no doubt be steeled to fight even harder to keep two of their finest players.
United launch bid for Ozil: Moyes finally looks set to bring a big-name midfielder to Old Trafford: Real Madrid’s Mesut Ozil. The German midfielder has been made available for sale by Real and Moyes is keen to sign him after failing to lure Cesc Fabregas away from Barcelona, according to the Daily Star. The Star also reports United would be willing to bid up to £30m for the 24-year-old.
Paper Round’s view: The fact that Real have made Ozil available for sale seems to back up the player's fear that he will be surplus to requirements once Gareth Bale arrives at the Bernebeau from Tottenham. United, meanwhile, are in need of a creative midfielder and with Ozil keen to prove himself to Germany in a World Cup year, the signing seems to make sense on both sides.
Spurs look abroad to add defensive cover: Tottenham have opened negotiations with Steaua Bucharest for Vlad Chiriches, according to the Daily Mail. Spurs are apparently ready to pay £7.5 million for the 23-year-old, who also has 19 caps for Romania.
Paper Round’s view: Spurs need a new central defender after they lost William Gallas and allowed Steven Caulker to move to Cardiff. They could do a lot worse than Chiriches. And apart from anything else, what a fantastic name!
Arsenal worry over Szczesny leads to desperate search for keeper: Arsenal are hoping that Read Madrid’s unsettled World Cup-winning captain Iker Casillas could move to the Emirates, but they are also interested in Epanyol's Kiko Casilla, according to the Daily Express. The Gunners have also sent scout Dick Law to look at Valencia's Vicente Guaita.
Paper Round’s view: Concern over Wojciech Szczesny is understandable with the Pole prone to the kind of horror gaffes that can cost a team a top four finish. But the Gunners’ scattergun approach to the transfer window this season could easily cost them yet another signing. Valencia have apparently simply laughed at a £3m bid for Guaita, who has been rated at £17m, according to the Express. Casilla, meanwhile, is also rated at £17m - clearly the going rate for a good keeper in La Liga these days - and even has a buy-out clause in his contract for that amount. Those price tags seem fairly ludicrous - but if Casillas could be persuaded to move for the same amount, it could be a great move. The Spain legend is 32, still relatively young for a top class goalkeeper.
Wenger accepts Benzema signing out of his control: The latest signing to slip through Arsenal’s fingers this summer looks like being Real Madrid’s Karin Benzema, as Arsene Wenger admits that they have no control over the situation, reports The Guardian. Arsenal’s ability to sign Benzema is dependent on Real being successful in their attempts to lure Luis Suarez away from Liverpool.
Paper Round’s view: Arsenal have already attempted and failed to sign Suarez themselves with Liverpool distinctly unimpressed with the idea of selling to a direct rival of theirs. Boss Brendan Rodgers has since reiterated his intention to keep Suarez even if it means doing so against the Uruguayan’s wishes. Suarez is desperate to get Champions League football and would leap at a move to Real Madrid, and selling to a team outside the Premier League might yet make sense to Liverpool, at least if they can get another striker themselves in the next 10 days. Yet there's one more thing to chuck into the mix: Benzema, a long-time target for Wenger, does not wish to leave Real. So there are a lot of ducks to get lined up before this target could become Arsenal’s first transfer success story of the summer.