Cavani to United speculation intensifies: Paris Saint-Germain have replaced the image of Edinson Cavani on an official promotional poster, fuelling speculation he is on his way out of the Ligue 1 club. The Daily Mirror reports that the Uruguay striker has been replaced by Yohan Cabaye on an advert for the French club's away kit, adding to the rumours linking him with a move to Manchester United. While PSG have denied the striker is for sale, United were linked with a move for him in January and it is believed they are still interested.
Paper Round's view: Leaving PSG appears to be a distinct possibility - certainly now the club have cut him from the poster - but whether Old Trafford will end up his final destination remains to be seen. Louis van Gaal is aggressively looking to add to his squad, but does he really need another striker? Even with the club's purchases so far this summer, there are more pressing issues to be addressed in other areas of the pitch before a striker is brought in. Furthermore, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal have previously shown interest in the forward, so, while United appear frontrunners, these sides will also have been put on alert by this development.
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Lukaku move looking distant: Chelsea have placed a £30 million price tag on the head of Romelu Lukaku, putting a move elsewhere this summer into jeopardy. The Daily Mirror reports that Everton are desperate to land the Belgium international on a permanent deal after he scored 15 times for the Toffees during a loan spell at Goodison Park last season. The player wants the switch too but Chelsea are playing hardball over money and have effectively priced Lukaku out of a move to Merseyside.
Paper Round's view: Chelsea have little to gain from such tactics unless Fernando Torres is sold. Currently Lukaku is below Diego Costa, Didier Drogba and the Spaniard in the pecking order and if those three remain, Chelsea will be left with a player who is unlikely to play much. Would it not be better to take the £24m Everton are reportedly offering?
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United are red alert over Reus: Marco Reus has turned down the offer of a new deal at Borussia Dortmund, putting Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Barcelona on alert. The Daily Mail cites Bild when claiming that the Germany star, who is believed to have a £27.6m buyout clause, is determined to engineer a move to one of Europe's big clubs by refusing to stay at the Westfalenstadion beyond 2017. The paper adds that Liverpool are also keen, but may be priced out.
Paper Round's view: Reus missed out on the World Cup through injury but there is no indication he will not rediscover his previous levels of fitness and form. And that means he could well be a snip at that price, although when up against the likes of Bayern and Barca, United will surely know they have their work cut out if they are to entice him to Old Trafford.
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Milan target Ben Arfa: The Daily Star reports that new Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi has made Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa his number one transfer target this summer. Getting their information from Calciomercato, the paper claims that the Serie A giants are willing to offer Newcastle £12m for the winger. Ben Arfa is no longer in Alan Pardew's first team plans and the Magpies boss is willing to sell up. Marseille are also believed to be interested.
Paper Round's view: Pardew clearly does not rate/like Ben Arfa, which is a shame, because to most impartial viewers he is an exciting talent, if admittedly he only shows glimpses of his brilliance. The hope is that he will be able to flourish under a different manager in a different environment - it's never nice to see such ability go to waste.
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Hammers boss blames jet lag for social media gaffe: West Ham chairman David Gold has blamed jet lag for suggesting on Twitter that he wanted manager Sam Allardyce to leave the club. The Daily Express reports that Gold was forced to take to the social media website to deny that he on purpose 'favourited' a tweet from a fan asking for Allardyce to be sacked. Instead, he clicked the icon by accident after a 33-hour flight back home from the club's pre-season tour of New Zealand.
Paper Round's view: "I should clarify that I did not and would never deliberately or intentionally endorse a tweet that questions our manager's position. Lesson: don't use twitter when you're jet lagged!" In this case, Gold can possibly be forgiven for his gaffe, which does seem genuine. And by the looks of it, he has at least learned his lesson.
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