Man United to beat Real to Everton Ribeiro
The 24-year-old Ribeiro helped Cruzeiro capture the Brazilian Serie A title in 2013, and despite interest from Real Madrid, appears ready to try and help David Moyes turn around his fortunes in his maiden Manchester United season, says the Daily Star.
Paper Round’s view: United at this stage could really do with some luck in the transfer window, after a miserable summer. Can Ribeiro be the man to breathe fresh life into their midfield? For £7m the playmaker would be good business, and also less likely to be a big-money disappointment – as Marouane Fellaini’s early Old Trafford career unfortunately has.
Chelsea plot double swoop on cash-ttrapped Benfica
The Daily Mirror claims Jose Mourinho’s club are set to exploit the Portuguese club’s willingness to sell players at a good price to ease their debts and bring in Lazar Markovic and Nemanja Matic. Markovic, 19, could already be in discussions with the Londoners over a £12 million switch while Matic, who left Stamford Bridge as part of the David Luiz deal, could return to England alongside the teen.
Paper Round’s view: Though ‘cut-price’, the paper reports the double swoop could be around £32million. Nonetheless Markovic is currently one of the top European prospects around, while Matic’s form since heading to Benfica has attracted interest from Manchester United as well as his former employers. With the Portugal side out of the Champions League, the power is certainly with Chelsea on this one.
West Brom line up shock replacement for Steve Clarke
Finally, the Daily Mail reports that Pepe Mel, sacked as coach of struggling Real Betis in Spain earlier this season, is the sudden front-runner to become the new West Bromwich Albion boss. WBA are just three points from safety but appear to regard Mel’s credentials as the right tools for the job despite the Seville club’s own struggles in 2013-14.
Paper Round’s view: The trend of turning to Spanish-based managerial philosophies looks set to continue. That said, it is slightly baffling that a domestic coach whose last club were rooted to the foot of their table on that gaffer’s watch would likely have to step down a division in order to find a new role. If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still in the running, perhaps he remains the best gamble to take.