‘Chelsea’s £30m Lampard replacement’ - Chelsea are ready to offer Cesc Fabregas the chance to become Frank Lampard’s long-term successor after Barcelona stepped up their interest in Koke, according to the Daily Telegraph. Lampard has released a statement officially confirming his departure from Stamford Bridge. With Arsenal indicating they will not take up their option to re-sign Fabregas, Chelsea will try to convince £30 million Fabregas to return to London.
Paper Round’s view: Fabregas is reportedly disappointed Arsenal have not shown any firm interest in him, but is willing to look at other options in the Premier League and Chelsea could well be a good fit for him. Chelsea had apparently made Atletico Madrid star Koke one of their top summer targets, but Barcelona may step in. Fabregas can play in a deep-lying midfield role or operate further forwards and would offer Mourinho more creativity as he attempts to make his Chelsea squad more attacking.
‘Prem trio miss out on a top target’ – Real Madrid look set to beat Manchester United to the signing of Juventus star Arturo Vidal in a deal which would also see both Arsenal and Tottenham miss out on Spanish starlet Alvaro Morata, that’s according to the Daily Express. Juventus boss Antonio Conte is determined to hold on to his star man, and according to various reports is demanding at least £50m for a player Sir Alex Ferguson has advised the Red Devils board to bring to Old Trafford. Also swinging the deal in Madrid's favour is their talented young striker Alvaro Morata, who is a transfer target for both Arsenal and Spurs.
Paper Round’s view: Although Juventus would rather keep hold of Vidal, Madrid are adamant they'll get their man using Morata as bait, which would leave United, Arsenal and Tottenham empty-handed ahead of the new Premier League campaign. Nicknamed 'The Warrior' by the Italian media, the 27-year-old is famed for his stylish and tenacious attitude in the centre of the park, and would represent a real coup for new United boss Louis van Gaal if this can be turned around - he has a £200m warchest at his disposal.
‘Bayern look to snatch City star’ - Bayern Munich have expressed an interest in Manchester City's 28-year-old defender Aleksandar Kolarov, but face competition from according to a report in the Daily Mail. The two Italian sides are understood to be particularly keen to sign the left-back, but Pep Guardiola is apparently ready to swoop in and bolster his defensive ranks with Kolarov looking for either an improved deal at City, which may be unlikely given his age, or a move abroad with Italy or Germany good options.
Paper Round’s view: Kolarov is entering the final year of his contract after signing for City for £19 million in the summer of 2010 and is undoubtedly a very underrated, consistent performer for the Premier League champions. The Serbian established himself as Manuel Pellegrini's first-choice left-back last season with 44 appearances across all competitions and would be a real loss to City, but if a good offer comes in then the club may see it as good business given that he could leave for free if they hang on to him for just a bit longer.
‘Hull plotting big double swoop’ – Hull City boss Steve Bruce is set to seal a £9.75m double swoop for Ryan Bertrand and Morgan Amalfitano this week, that’s according to the Daily Star. The Hull boss will pay £5.25m for Chelsea's England left-back Bertrand, and splash £4.5m on Marseille midfielder Amalfitano. And he is confident of landing Bertrand, 24, and 29-year-old Amalfitano as his first two summer signings.
Paper Round’s view: Bruce has spoken about wanting to bring in at least five new players to strengthen his squad ahead of next season's Premier League and Europa League bid. He has reportedly settled on Bertrand as his top target after considering moves for Swansea's Neil Taylor, highly-rated young Doncaster left-back James Husband and Danny Rose at Tottenham. City missed out on Amalfitano a year ago when the French ace opted to join West Brom on a season-long loan instead and there is no doubt that he would amount to a bargain at that price.
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