United to land £600m kit deal: Manchester United are about to receive an unprecedented boost to their finances, according to the Daily Mail, which reports that the club is on the verge of agreeing a £600m, 10-year deal with Nike to be their kit supplier for the next decade. The deal is double that of the biggest-ever kit deal in sport to date: Real Madrid's £31m-a-year deal with Adidas.
Paper Round says: It's not hard to believe that Nike want to renegotiate their contract with the Red Devils, given that they've enjoyed a successful partnership for 13 years. But they'll be renegotiating down, not up. Backing United to such an extent given their current travails would be sheer insanity - they won't get much return on their investment when United are toiling away in the Championship in the 2019-20 season.
Sherwood will refuse to work for Van Gaal: The Daily Telegraph (and just about every other paper) reports that Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood will walk away from White Hart Lane rather than work for Louis Van Gaal, the Dutch managerial legend who is widely expected to take the reins at the club after the World Cup. "Sherwood will reject any offer to work under Van Gaal or another new manager," the Telegraph reports, though the manager himself did hint that he might be keen on a job as technical director.
Paper Round says: Sherwood has done a decent job since taking over, but he's kidding himself if he thinks he's a big enough name for Spurs. New managers have to be inordinately successful, not just decent, otherwise club owners (not to mention prospective signings) want the prestige of a famous name at the helm. It may not be right, but it's just how the world works.
United to spend £30m on Southampton pair: The Daily Express reports that David Moyes will "step up" his efforts to sign Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw from the Saints. "Under-fire boss David Moyes has been promised an eye-watering transfer kitty to reshape his squad this summer, and according to reports the young England internationals are high on a list of Old Trafford targets," the paper claims, adding that Moyes wants both for £30m - some £10m short of Southampton's valuation.
Paper Round says: Considering that both players could end up in starring roles for England at the World Cup, £30m seems slightly on the stingy side - and considering the story above about United's impending windfall, it's not hard to see Moyes stumping up £40m+ for this duo, who would indeed seem just what the doctor ordered at Old Trafford.
Aguero will never be sold: Sergio Aguero "is not for sale at any price", according to the Manchester Evening News. "The 25-year-old has bagged 26 of his goals for the club in just 25 outings this term, despite having been sidelined on numerous occasions by injury," reports the paper. "And, while that form has led to the player being linked with both Barcelona and Real Madrid, [Manuel] Pellegrini is refusing to entertain the idea."
Paper Round says: Though Aguero might fancy a move back to Spain at some point, he's been given better chances and become more successful than ever since his move to City, cementing his status as one of the world's very finest strikers. Moving now would be risky - especially given that City, despite their implosion against Wigan, still have a great chance of winning another Premier League title this season.
PSG consider £41.5m bid for Oscar: Chelsea could have to fend off a bid for Brazilian star Oscar before the World Cup, according to the Daily Mail. The paper claims that, "PSG, who are backed by wealthy Qatari owners, have the capital to entice him to France and have dispatched scouts to watch him in recent weeks."
Paper Round says: It makes sense for clubs to do their business early - World Cups always inflate prices for those who do well, and they rarely go on to have the same impact once they're away from the limelight of the tournament. Yet Oscar's form this season certainly hasn't made him worth £41.5m, despite Jose Mourinho giving him plenty of chances to become the player that the side is built around. The Blues may just decide to cash in.
Newcastle to benefit as QPR will be forced to offload Remy: The Newcastle Chronicle reports that the financial turmoil at QPR (who lost £65.4m last season) will, "almost certainly assist any Newcastle United bid for Loic Remy." QPR face a potential £50m fine under new Premier League FFP rules should they earn promotion this season.
Paper Round says: Why would QPR offload a man who could be their best player if they get promoted? QPR has been such a financial black hole that another £50m seems inconsequential considering the huge riches on offer if they do go up. They'd be shooting themselves in the foot.
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