Shaw to snub United in favour of Chelsea: Luke Shaw is ready to snub Manchester United and wait for a dream transfer to Chelsea, according to the Daily Mirror. The paper claims that United tabled a £22 million bid for the left-back last week but Chelsea are determined not to let the 18-year-old move to Old Trafford. There is a "small chance" of a deal happening with either club before Friday's transfer deadline - if Southampton's valuation is met - but Shaw would prefer to stay put for the remainder of the season, safe in the knowledge that Chelsea will come back in for him in the summer.
Paper Round's view: Shaw, born in Kingston on the outskirts of London and raised in Surrey, is a boyhood Chelsea fan, and with Ashley Cole's career at Stamford Bridge winding down, the youngster would have a great opportunity to make the Chelsea left-back slot his own. So it's entirely understandable he would favour a move to Stamford Bridge - and plausible to imagine he will end up there in the summer.
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Gunners to grab a striker before Friday: Arsenal are to send out an emergency SOS for a striker if they cannot snare Julian Draxler before the transfer deadline at the end of this week. The Daily Mirror reports that Arsene Wenger has been pushing hard to land Schalke star Draxler this month but has yet to agree a deal meaning the Gunners could be forced to wait until the summer. That leaves Wenger short on attacking options for the remainder of the season, but he has been given encouragement over Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata, who may be available on loan after all, while Arsenal have also made enquiries about Barcelona forward Cristian Tello.
Paper Round's view: 'Arsenal desperate to sign striker before deadline' - it's a headline we've seen before, most recently last summer, when they largely failed in their mission ('largely', because they did sign Yaya Sanogo, but he's hardly first-team material). Then, of course, the signing of Mesut Ozil softened the blow, but the need for an attacker remains and that could lead to something of a panic buy this week. A stop-gap loan deal for Morata may well be the best option.
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Otamendi still open to Premier League move: Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City target Nicolas Otamendi could still leave Porto before Friday after seeing a loan deal with Valencia collapse, reports the Daily Express. The defender was on the verge of moving to the Spanish club but Porto's demands proved too great for the cash-strapped Liga outfit. City boss Manuel Pellegrini was keen on a double swoop for Otamendi and team-mate Eliaquim Mangala while Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is also an admirer of the Argentina international. But both clubs have now decided against a move, leaving United in a strong position to capture him if they wish to further their initial interest.
Paper Round's view: The report doesn't state whether any move by United for the player would be a loan or a permanent deal, but as a fill-in to cover for their ageing/injured/not good enough back line until the end of the season, Otamendi could represent a decent option. Nor does the article state why City and Chelsea have relinquished their interest. Perhaps something United don't know about?
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War breaks out over United kit: A bidding war between rival companies is set to push the value of Manchester United's next kit deal beyond the £70m-a-year mark, according to the Daily Mail. Arsenal have just signed a bumper £35m-a-year with Puma, but that sum could be made to look miserly with adidas, Warrior and Puma all attending meetings with United's commercial director Richard Arnold this week. The paper adds the current kit suppliers Nike, whose period of exclusivity has run out leaving United free to talk to other bidders, remain favourites to renew the present contract that runs at £23.5m-a-year and expires in 2015.
Paper Round's view: Putting aside which brand he prefers aesthetically, this news must be music to the ears of Moyes. More revenue off the pitch should lead to greater spending power in the transfer market - and more scope to rebuild and reshape his side in the years to come.
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Fulham close to Mitroglou: Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen is in "advanced talks" with Olympiacos striker Konstantinos Mitroglou, the Daily Mirror reports. The "stunning" £11m deal could have wide-reaching repercussions and, if completed along with the signing of Kaiserslautern forward Simon Zoller, could open the door to Dimitar Berbatov's move back to Tottenham. Also, Manchester United have a vested interest in the Mitroglou deal, since the striker is currently due to play against them in the knockout stages of the Champions League next month. The Greek side would be much weakened by his absence.
Paper Round's view: Fulham certainly need something different if they are to survive in the Premier League this season; what they have at the moment isn't working, a fact underlined again by last night's 2-0 defeat to Swansea. Mitroglou would offer some much-needed impetus up front, but whether Olympiacos would be willing to allow him to leave with a Champions League tie with United on the horizon remains to be seen. Considering United's current malaise, the Greek side have a great chance of progressing with Mitroglou in the line-up. Without him, their chances would be greatly reduced.
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