Rooney targeted by Chelsea once more: Chelsea are on "red alert" with Wayne Rooney still waiting to be offered a new deal at Manchester United, reports the Daily Mirror. United have made no attempt to tie the England striker down to a new contract, giving Chelsea hope they can lure him to Stamford Bridge next summer. The paper claims that there have been no talks about a new offer, and that none have been planned or scheduled.
Paper Round's view: It's hard to know quite what to make of this. We've known for some time - at least, we think we've known - that United haven't offered Rooney a new deal since his summer dalliances with Chelsea, and that the club are happy with this stance. But just last month there were reports that United are actually putting together a new, four-year deal that would be worth a staggering £52 million for the 28-year-old. Of course Chelsea were interested in the United striker last summer, and given their woes up front they probably will be in the next few transfer windows - with a figure of £35m plus £300,000-a-week in wages doing the rounds of late. But the whole "red alert" stuff out of nowhere is a bit bizarre. We seem to have gone from amicable stand-off to Defcon 1 overnight without any apparent new developments, and it's all rather difficult to swallow.
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Arsenal and Chelsea to do battle for Zouma: Arsene Wenger is prepared to fight with Jose Mourinho over the signing of French prospect Kurt Zouma, reports the Daily Mirror. Chelsea are in pole position to secure the services of the Saint Etienne centre-back and wants to get their man in January, but Arsenal are also keen on the £12m-rated France U21 defender. Wenger is discussing possible January targets with his staff this week and trusted scout Gilles Grimandi is advising the Premier League leaders move for Zouma, the report claims.
Paper Round's view: Clearly the boy's a bit special - not only because two of the Premier League's top clubs are after him, but also because they're willing to take the player on board despite him not being able to play until February, as he serves a ban from football for breaking an opponent's leg.
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Richards to give cash away: Manchester City defender Micah Richards has pledged to give £20,000 to a charity to thanks fans for their support of him in his struggles with injury, reports the Daily Mail. Richards made a return to City's starting XI against Bayern Munich on Tuesday but lasted just 16 minutes before being forced off, visibly upset, with a hamstring problem. He apologised to City fans on the social networking site and was so overwhelmed with the positive response he got, he decided to give some of his hard earned cash to a charity of his followers' choice.
Paper Round's view: Finally an all-too-rare heart-warming story involving a Premier League footballer. The thing is, believe it or not, footballers do indeed do a lot of good work for charity, it's just not publicised. We only know about this because it's in the public domain on Twitter. Now we could be cynical about Richards' choice to go public with his generous offer, which is a drop in the ocean for him, but let's not. That kind of money is a lot to a lot of people and it's genuinely cheering to hear that he wants to help people out.
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