Manchester City close to signing Porto pair for £41m: Manchester City are set to make a double swoop for Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando, report the Daily Telegraph. City tried to sign Mangala during the January transfer window, but were priced out of the move, though they are now reportedly in advanced talks with Porto about completing the deal in summer for a fee of £29 million. Mangala appears to be the priority as Fernando is a defensive central midfield player who signed a new contract in February, but is also set to complete a deal this summer.
Paper Round’s view: It is of little surprise that City are after a central defender following the travails that they have had in that position this season, so expect this move to go through. Ominously, City’s only genuine weakness looks in the centre of defence so if they plug that hole then next season they will surely be hot favourites for the title. The signing of a defensive central midfielder is a little more curious and will cast doubt over the future of Jack Rodwell. Expect Fernando to be a back up. In addition £41 million is huge money considering that Financial Fair Play is about to be implemented.
Hazard will leave future up to wife: Eden Hazard admits that he may have to let his wife decide if he moves to Paris Saint-Germain, report the Independent. PSG have been circling for the last few weeks and could make a bid come the summer but Chelsea are likely to rebuff any advances for their star man. However, Hazard has now intensified the speculation surrounding his future following comments to French TV channel Canal+. “If my wife was to say: ‘Honey, I’d like you to go to PSG’, I would have to take it into account,” said the 23-year-old.
Paper Round’s view: Hazard appears to like a bit of transfer drama – just look at the build-up to his eventual move to Chelsea. He appears happy at Chelsea and is tied to a long term contract so Chelsea look to be in a position of strength. However, if a situation arose whereby him staying at Chelsea caused turmoil in his personal life then things could change quickly.
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PSG adamant Cavani is not for sale: Chelsea’s pursuit of a striker has been dealt a blow with the news that Edinson Cavani is not for sale, report the Express. It is well documented that Chelsea are in the market for a world class striker and there had been reports that the Uruguayan was discontent in Paris. However, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has insisted that “the decision will be that he stays with us. He's a star for the club. Of course he's staying."
Paper Round’s view: Although PSG are adamant that he is staying, transfer wrangles are rarely as straightforward or simple as they might seem. Yesterday it was reported that PSG are interested in Oscar and today it is Eden Hazard. While Chelsea will not want to lose either player, they may be willing to sacrifice one in order to secure the services of a potent forward such as Cavani. Then it all comes down to how badly PSG want either Oscar or Hazard.
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Liverpool lead Manchester City and Monaco in the race for Real Madrid left-back: The Reds are ahead of Manchester City and Monaco in the hunt for the 26-year-old defender Fabio Coentrao, report the Sunday Mirror. Jorge Mendes, the player’s agent, has been in contact with the club and talks are believed to be at an advanced stage. Real are said to want £11.5 million for the player who had been on the fringes of the Real team this season.
Paper Round’s view: Despite the emergence of the, erm, RedCafu, Jon Flanagan, Liverpool’s excellent season has been tempered somewhat by a leaky defence. Coentrao is a superb player and his attacking style would perfectly suit the Reds. Only a year ago the prospect of Liverpool signing a Real Madrid player would have been met with a hearty laugh but such has been their improvement that this move seems completely plausible as it would suit all parties.
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