Sneijder available for £16m: Louis van Gaal "can have Wesley Sneijder" if he wants to be reunited with the Netherlands midfielder, according to the Sun. Sneijder has a release clause in his contract at Galatasaray and "he will go if anyone hits it", the paper reports. New Galatasaray boss Cesare Prandelli is keen to hold onto the playmaker, but is powerless to prevent him from leaving if he wants to go.
Paper Round's view: The report also claims that Sneijder admitted last month that he would find it difficult to say no if Van Gaal came knocking, and given Gala president Unal Aysal is quoted over the escape clause, it does appear that Sneijder would be free to join Van Gaal at Old Trafford. The only question is whether Van Gaal want to spend that amount of money on a 30-year-old? That seems the only uncertainty in this at the moment.
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United line up Rodriguez to replace Evra: Patrice Evra is on the verge of signing for Juventus and Manchester United are targeting Wolfsburg and Switzerland left-back Ricardo Rodríguez as a replacement for the Frenchman. Evra's deal with the Italian champions is likely to be concluded "in the next 72 hours", leaving just new arrival Luke Shaw as a recognised left-back at Old Trafford. Cover is needed and the 21-year-old with World Cup experience is thought to fit the bill.
Paper Round's view: No Rio Ferdinand, no Nemanja Vidic, and probably no Evra - United's back line will sorely miss that kind of experience and the signing of a player like Rodriguez will not help in that department. However, the Swiss is an exciting young talent and, like Shaw, he would only improve at United. If he's willing to play second fiddle to Shaw, Rodriguez could well be a decent signing. But that's a very big if: why on earth would a young defender coming off a World Cup high feel like he should spend the next few years of his career on the bench? Ironically, of course, the signing of Rodriguez might actually leave Shaw in that exact same predicament.
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Chelsea agree to sign Filipe Luis: Jose Mourinho has reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid to sign left-back Filipe Luis, according to the Sun. The Chelsea manager sees the defender as a perfect replacement for Ashley Cole, who signed for Roma this week. Luis will join his fellow Atleti team-mates Diego Costa and Tiago in making the move to Stamford Bridge.
Paper Round's view: Chelsea's manoeuvres in the transfer market this summer are looking ominous, and the addition of Luis would only make it more so. A tough-tackling defender who is not afraid of getting forward - an entirely modern full-back - would go down well in west London, and give Mourinho an option to Cesar Azpilicueta.
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Suarez deal to be done this weekend: Liverpool will sell Luis Suarez this weekend, if Barcelona meet their £75m asking fee. The Daily Mirror reports that the Reds believe they can settle on a deal, and the Spanish club's medical team is on standby to confirm the striker is fit. Liverpool are not keen on Barca's proposal to make a smaller down-payment with the balance to be paid in instalments. Instead they want the money up front to fund moves for Benfica winger Lazar Markovic and Lille forward Divock Origi.
Paper Round's view: Good, the sooner the better. Then we can stop these daily updates of not very much.
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Griezmann puts Liverpool on red alert: France striker Antoine Griezmann has indicated he wants to leave Real Sociedad this summer, alerting Liverpool to his availability. The Mirror reports that the World Cup player's representatives have made it clear he will not renew his contract in Spain, a move that will spark a transfer scramble for the £25m-rated hitman. Arsenal were thought to be interested in him, but not any more, leaving Liverpool and Paris Saint Germain to battle for his signature.
Paper Round's view: A proven goal getter in La Liga and now a World Cup player, Griezmann is certainly a catch. And with Suarez on his way out of Anfield, the Frenchman could well be a viable replacement, providing the Reds don't get blown out of the water by moneybags PSG.
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Khedira comes at a cost: If Arsenal want to sign Sami Khedira, they will have to make him their highest paid player, reports the Daily Mail. The German World Cup star is available from Real Madrid for £24m, but he is paid around £8m a year at the Bernabeu. As the paper points out, "that is more than £150,000 a week and in excess of the £140,000 Mesut Ozil earns at the Emirates".
Paper Round's view: £24m for a player who was instrumental in the demolition of Brazil seems like a good deal, but his wages could well prove prohibitive. Arsenal could well have been burnt by Ozil's huge wages, given how he failed to live up to his billing in his first season, and Khedira could well become a victim of that caution.
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