Suarez may still leave Liverpool this summer: Despite signing a new contract that ties him to Anfield until 2018, Luis Suarez may still quit the club this summer, reports the Express. Under the headline 'Top four or bust', the paper claims that a clause has been written into his new contract which allows the forward to negotiate a move away from the club if Liverpool fail to qualify for the Champions League. Crucially the Express report that the clause only allows Suarez to move to a club in Europe. The Daily Star also reports that Suarez's contract gives him "the right to negotiate an exit if either Real Madrid or Barcelona come in for him at the end of the season" and they state that Suarez still "dreams" of a move to one of the big two in La Liga.
Paper Round’s view: In all likelihood the new contract is littered with clauses but the specifics of those clauses are a closely guarded secret, and it would be remiss of Suarez not to include a non-Champions League release clause - it would also make sense for the club to ensure that he can't move a domestic rival. Liverpool will probably make the Champions League on current form though. Despite the new contract, there will be plenty of speculation come the summer and a lot could come down to just how high his release clause is which has not been revealed.
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Wenger to swoop for Real Madrid duo: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to reinforce his side’s title challenge with a double swoop for Iker Casillas and Alvara Morata, report the Daily Star. Wenger had previously been linked with a loan move for Real striker Morata - something he denied.
Paper Round’s view: A goalkeeper and a striker are a priority for Arsenal but will they make a move for the pair in January? Under normal circumstances, probably not as it is notoriously difficult to get value in the winter window. However, Wenger may make an exception this year as he looks to bolster his side’s title challenge. The promise of regular football could prove tempting for the players in a World Cup year, too.
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Buttner set to leave United: Italian sides Genoa and AS Roma are interested in signing Manchester United left-back Alexander Buttner, report the Daily Mirror. The report claims that both clubs would like to take the former Vitesse Arnhem player on loan with the view of a permanent move come the summer.
Paper Round’s view: The Dutch full-back has endured a difficult time since signing for United in August 2012 and, with David Moyes still in the market for Leighton Baines, it appears that the Dutchman is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford. Expect the full-back to be on his way out of the club either in January or come the end of the season.
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Tottenham want Van Gaal: Tottenham want Holland boss Louis van Gaal to replace Andre Villas-Boas as their manager, report the Daily Mirror. The former Barcelona manager is set to lead the Netherlands to this summer’s World Cup before making way for Guus Hiddink, but Tottenham would like to appoint him for the remainder of the season.
Paper Round’s view: While the paper reports that Van Gaal has gone on record in the past stating a remaining ambition is to coach a top club in England, it is unlikely that he could take on both jobs in a World Cup year as there would be almost certain compromises to be made. His appointment is certainly a possibility but probably would come after the World Cup, if at all.