Man City to pay world record fee for full-back – The Mail on Sunday carries a blockbuster story this morning with the news that Manchester City are prepared to pay a staggering £30m to sign Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, a figure which would top the £29.5m paid by Barcelona for Dani Alves and make the 18-year-old the most expensive full-back in the history of football. The paper reports: “City have made it clear to Saints chairman Nicola Cortese they will pay the fee immediately to blow away rivals Chelsea and Manchester United, who also hold a long-standing interest in the left-back.”
Paper Round’s view: Left-back is one of the few positions where City could obviously improve and Shaw is the best young defender on the market. Though £30m seems an outlandish fee, Shaw could conceivably be England’s left-back for the next 15 years and the deal would represent value for money.
United clear-out begins – The Mail on Sunday reports that David Moyes will begin the process of clearing out his Manchester United squad imminently, with Anderson poised to join Fiorentina on loan. Nani is also set to leave for former club Sporting Lisbon on loan while Wilfried Zaha is to join Cardiff City on a temporary basis. “Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Alex Buttner, Shinji Kagawa, Javier Hernandez, Patrice Evra, Antonio Valencia and Anders Lindegaard are due to leave in the summer,” writes the paper.
Paper Round’s view: Anderson is a no-brainer, while Zaha needs regular first-team football, but getting rid of Nani just months after he was rewarded with a new five-year deal seems unexpected. Still, Moyes needs to induce change at United and this looks like a positive step in that direction.
Chelsea to pay £21m for player they let go – The Sunday Telegraph says Chelsea are ready to strengthen their options in midfield by signing Benfica star Nemanja Matic. The twist? Matic actually left Chelsea in 2011 as a makeweight in the deal which brought David Luiz to Stamford Bridge. The 25-year-old Serbia international has excelled ever since, and the Telegraph says: “It is highly unlikely that Benfica would accept an offer of £21 million for the midfielder, even though his value was placed at just £4.15 million when they signed him, but Chelsea will test their resolve.”
Paper Round’s view: Paying out such a big amount for a former employee would be rather embarrassing but Roman Abramovich has too much money to care. Chelsea will have to go higher than £21m though as Matic has been linked with more lucrative moves elsewhere over the past year.
West Ham strike Lescott deal – Jason Burt is prolific this morning in the Sunday Telegraph as he also reveals that West Ham have reached a deal to sign Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott on a three-and-a-half year deal, for £90,000 per week for the rest of this season and then dropping to £70,000 per week even if the club are relegated. However, the transfer is in jeopardy as City want to wait until January 20 to close the deal and West Ham want him immediately.
Paper Round’s view: It would be a big coup for the London club as the forgotten Lescott is a fine defender when in form, even if his purported wages would be a huge burden should they go down. Still, having Lescott would help guard against such an eventuality and Sam Allardyce would be well advised to wait until January 20 to get his man.
Cisse set for Newcastle exit – Striker Papiss Cisse is to quit Newcastle, according to the Sun on Sunday. He is looking for a move to Qatar but with Newcastle determined to get as much back of the £9m they paid for the Senegal international, a deal is proving difficult.
Paper Round’s view: Despite a superb first six months in English football Cisse’s has been a story of underachievement. If Newcastle can recoup a decent fee then it’s time to wave him off.