Manchester City to make stunning swoop for Suarez: Manuel Pellegrini has made Uruguayan superstar Luis Suarez his top target for the summer transfer window, according to The Metro. Suarez signed a new deal just before Christmas, but City are ready to shell out the £70m-plus that would be needed to engineer a move.
Paper Round's view: Despite his 'showing a bit of leg' to Arsenal last summer, Paper Round's view is that Suarez is - as he claims - happy and settled at Liverpool. And considering that the club is seemingly on a very nice upwards trajectory right now, it'd be a shock to see him moving. And even £70m would make no sense to the Reds, incidentally: they'd need to spend at least £40m to bring in a world class replacement, and whoever they got would likely struggle to fit in with the side as Suarez has this term.
Liverpool confirmed in race for £25m Benfica star: The Reds interest in Benfica striker Rodrigo has been confirmed by no less a source than Benfica manager Jorge Jesus, a report in the Daily Mail tells us. Several top flight clubs - including Manchester United and Chelsea - had scouts on hand as Benfica played Spurs in the Europa League on Thursday.
Paper Round's view: Now that Liverpool are being taken seriously once more, they'll be linked with every half-decent player going this summer. The difference now is that they'll have every chance of signing pretty much whomever they want - but unless they lose one of Suarez and Sturridge in the summer, it's hard to imagine that bolstering their strike force will be a priority to the tune of £25m.
Giggs fires warning to team-mates, Rooney revelation: The Times leads its sports section on the news that "Ryan Giggs has warned his Manchester United team-mates that talk of the Old Trafford empire crumbling will carry weight until the team prove they can start winning consistently again." Rooney also chips in to the piece - and his quotes are picked up by many of the back pages - as he claimed that, "sometimes it may not look like it, but we are giving everything." The Telegraph's piece leads its report on the Rooney quotes rather than Giggs's, and specifically his admission that, "we didn't expect it to be as tough as it has been" living without Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm.
Paper Round's view: Rooney's words in particular will be news to anyone who watched the Liverpool match at the weekend, but it's heartening to see Giggs pouring cold water after the mid-week result against Olympiacos. United fans, players and even the manager have announced several false dawns this season (remember the crazy hoopla after they beat lowly Crystal Palace?) and there's a long way to go before they've proven anything significant.
Terry opens talks to stay at Chelsea: The Blues very own captain, leader and legend could be captaining, leading and, er, legending for one more season at Stamford Bridge, according to the Daily Telegraph. The paper claims that the club have opened talks with 33-year-old Terry about a contract extension in recognition of his fine form this season. There's only one snag for the former England skipper: "Terry is likely to be asked to take a cut to his £150,000-a-week wages."
Paper Round's view: It's been widely rumoured that Terry will be offered big money from clubs such as PSG and Galatasaray - the question is whether he will be happy taking less money to stay at the club where he has spent his entire career to date. Our best guess is that he probably will - the Blues will probably cut his basic pay, but chuck in enough in the way of bonuses, off-pitch endorsements and a nice big testimonial to keep him in South West London a little while longer.
Torres open to Atletico return: The Daily Mirror leads on Fernando Torres's admission that he "does not know if he will be sold this summer" but admits that it's possible he'll return to former club Atletico Madrid, where his former Atletico team-mate Diego Simeone has made waves as manager. "You don’t know where you’re going to be tomorrow, in a week’s time or in 10 years’ time. How can I answer that question?" said Torres, ironically showing exactly how to answer that question.
Paper Round's view: The idea that Atletico would want Torres is laughable. We're talking about a club whose scouting and coaching systems have in recent years have unearthed (or released the potential) of players including Sergio Aguero, Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa. Why on earth would they ditch a brilliant (and hugely profitable) knack of churning out brilliant young strikers in order to sign a long-since faded former star? Simeone might have fond feelings towards Torres, but he knows full well that the fuzzy warmth of nostalgia ain't going to help him break down Spanish football's duopoly.
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