Manchester United target Barcelona superstar: The Independent on Sunday makes for exciting reading for United fans with the paper reporting that ‘Desperate’ David Moyes could be attempting to orchestrate a huge coup in January by targeting Barcelona’s midfield magician Andres Iniesta. With Moyes claiming “there is definitely money for a big deal, 100 per cent”, the paper also links the club with Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, who has been scouted by United recently.
Paper Round’s view: Good luck with that, David. Iniesta is one of the all-time greats and there's surely no way he will be leaving his one and only club. Koke is a more realistic target but why would he leave Atletico Madrid in the middle of what could be their best season in a long time? Time to look elsewhere.
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Premier League giants to battle for German: According to the Sunday Mirror, both Arsenal and Manchester United are hoping to sign Germany midfielder Sami Khedira next summer. The Real Madrid star, who is currently injured with a serious knee problem, could cost £20m. The paper reports: “The powerful midfielder is a close friend of Mesut Ozil, who has made such a big impact in his first season at the Emirates, and would jump at the chance of being reunited with his former Real Madrid team-mate.”
Paper Round’s view: If the season continues as it has then Arsenal will look a more attractive destination than Manchester United come June. Though Khedira has been a fine player for Madrid, his injury means his stock has fallen and a move to the Premier League could make sense. He would be a fine signing for either club.
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Wenger to sign new deal: The Sunday Mirror reports that Arsene Wenger will once again commit his future to Arsenal by signing a new deal at the North London club next month. His new contract will run until 2017, taking him past 20 years in charge. “The offer has been on the table for more than a month,” writes Steve Stammers. “Wenger, who joined Arsenal from Nagoya Grampus Eight in 1996, has not signed it yet as he has been concentrating on Arsenal’s Premier League campaign.”
Paper Round’s view: A horrible 6-3 defeat at the hands of Manchester City dealt Arsenal a big set-back on Saturday but Wenger’s stock is still high amongst supporters and this news will be welcomed to a far higher degree than if it had been announced over the summer. If he does sign the next question will be: can Wenger surpass Ferguson’s longevity at United?
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Terry to sign new Chelsea deal: Another club legend could be set to extend his stay with the Sunday Mirror, again, announcing that John Terry has done enough to secure a new one-year deal at Chelsea. “The Blues have now adopted a 12-month-maximum contract policy for those aged over 30 - and Terry looks set to be offered the same,” writes the paper.
Paper Round’s view: Things looked rocky for Terry under Rafael Benitez but the return of Jose Mourinho has seen him become a fixture in the side once more and a highly dependable defender and leader. A new deal looks to be only a formality – not for JT the rigmarole of those Lampard discussions last season…
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Rooney to stay at United in £50m deal? That alarmingly high figure comes courtesy of the Mail on Sunday who report Manchester United are now confident that Wayne Rooney will sign a new four-year contract to end all the speculation regarding his future at Old Trafford.
Paper Round’s view: It’s a bit of a flimsy story to be honest and we’ll only believe a new Rooney contract when we see it. Paper Round imagines there’s a few more twists and turns to come.