‘Chelsea must pay out £80m for Falcao’ – Chelsea will reportedly have to part with £80m to secure Monaco star Radamel Falcao or offer Fernando Torres or Demba Ba in part-exchange. The Colombian striker, 27, is hoping to leave the big spending French club just over four months after joining for £40m from Atletico Madrid. Jose Mourinho was in the crowd last month to cast a close eye over Falcao during Colombia's 2-0 friendly win over Belgium and is understood to want to secure his services in the upcoming January transfer window.
Paper Round’s view: Chelsea undoubtedly need a striker; Falcao undoubtedly needs a move to a more substantial top European club. It was always regarded as a bizarre move for a striker of the Colombian’s calibre and he is believed to be wanting a move away from Monaco already. Chelsea would seem an ideal fit and the money is unlikely to be a stumbling block. Yes, why not?
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‘Prem giants to vie for Dortmund star’ – Arsenal and Manchester United are reportedly on alert after Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke admitted star midfielder Ilkay Gundogan could leave the club. The Germany international, 23, is yet to agree a new deal at Dortmund and interest is mounting on the £25m-rated ace with the Gunners and United believed to be leading the chase.
Paper Round’s view: Reports in Spain last month suggested a deal was in place which would see Gundogan move to Real Madrid with Nuri Sahin moving to Dortmund on a permanent basis, but this is an interesting potential twist. Arsene Wenger is understood to be a huge admirer of Gundogan and is keen to pair him with his international team-mate Mesut Ozil, but surely it is United who need the midfielder more.
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‘Real Madrid confident about landing Suarez’ - Coach Carlo Ancelotti and president Florentino Perez have reportedly agreed that signing the 26-year-old striker is their top priority in the transfer market with doubts persisting over the future of forward Karim Benzema at the club, amidst interest from Arsenal. Madrid are prepared to spend up to £45m to complete the dream triumvirate.
Paper Round’s view: An attacking front three consisting of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez could be truly unstoppable and it appears an inevitability that the striker will move on this summer, if not in January. It is likely that Suarez will seek the transfer at the end of the season after the World Cup and Liverpool are believed to have fully accepted it behind the scenes. It’s a goer.
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‘Everton to move for Ireland winger’ – Roberto Martinez is already plotting the next phase of his Everton revolution by trying to secure a pre-contract agreement with Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady ahead of a free transfer in the summer. Everton head the list of suitors and are planning talks, with Martinez having previously tried to sign McGeady, 27, during his time in charge at Wigan, with a proposed move falling through last January.
Paper Round’s view: McGeady would represent a classic Martinez signing and would nicely bolster Everton’s ranks in the midfield. Martinez has talked about having better width in his side and the Irishman would provide something a bit different to the current widemen he has at his disposal. This sounds very likely indeed with McGeady a long-term target.
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