Chelsea to reinvest Luiz money: Having agreed a world record fee - said to be in the region of £50 million - for a defender with PSG for David Luiz, Chelsea will almost immediately reinvest, reports the Telegraph. Jose Mourinho wants to add a box-to-box midfielder to his squad and has earmarked Paul Pogba, Koke or Paulinho as the players he thinks can add another dynamic to his side. The paper reports that each player would cost in excess of £30 million.
Paper Round’s view: With Frank Lampard out of contract, the Blues need reinforcements in central areas, so reinvesting any funds in a goalscoring midfielder is natural – especially considering that the club have already agreed a deal in principle for Diego Costa. With that in mind, Atletico are unlikely to allow another of their players leave the Vicente Calderon. Therefore it seems a straight choice between Pogba and Paulinho. Chelsea will want to get the deal done before the World Cup as strong performances at Brazil 2014 could see their prices rise further. Expect imminent bids.
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Liverpool step up Can pursuit: Liverpool are close to pushing through a £10million deal for Emre Can, reports the Daily Mirror. Can, a versatile midfield player who can also operate in defence, moved to Bayer Leverkusen from Bayern Munich last summer for £4.5 million – and while the Bavarian club have a buy-back clause, it can’t be activated until 2015. The Reds will activate a £10 million release clause in the German’s contract in the coming weeks.
Paper Round’s view: Liverpool’s Champions League qualification should make it easier for the Merseyside club to close out deals such as these. The versatile midfielder suits manager Brendan Rodgers’ philosophy, so this deal looks a good option for all parties. The only stumbling block could be if the player prefers a move to Bayern, which could see him stay at Leverkusen for another year.
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Tottenham set to swoop for Alvaro Morata: Tottenham are set to hijack Arsenal’s move for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, reports the Daily Express. Arsenal have long been linked with the 21-year-old but Madrid are keen to hold on to the highly rated forward. With that in mind, Tottenham are willing to take the youngster on loan rather than a permanent move – in a mutually beneficial agreement.
Paper Round’s view: From Morata’s point of view, a move to a Champions League club such as Arsenal would surely be more appealing. However, if Arsenal are only interested in a permanent switch, then Madrid may favour sending the player on loan to Tottenham. Ultimately this transfer is in the hands of Real Madrid.
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United set to hijack Konoplyanka deal: Manchester United could be set to pip Liverpool and Tottenham to the signing of Ukraine star Yevhen Konoplyanka, reports the Daily Mail. Liverpool have a long-standing interest in the 24-year-old and nearly completed a £20 million deal for the attacker in January. However, the paper reports that with the player now available for £12.1 million, Manchester United are said to have joined the list of interested parties.
Paper Round’s view: This would be a vanity deal from United – a case of flexing their muscles for no logical reason. Would Konoplyanka dramatically improve the quality of this United team and squad? Probably not. Would a commanding central midfield player? Absolutely, and United’s priority should be in that area.
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