Terry offered new one-year deal: Chelsea have offered John Terry a new contract but only for one year and on half his current wages, report the Daily Mirror. Terry currently earns £150,000 but will have to take a drastic pay cut to further his career at the London club. The terms of the new deal have thrown the 33-year-old’s future into doubt, with the paper reporting that Terry, who has represented Chelsea since his teens, could walk away from the London club with Galatasaray said to be interested in the player.
Paper Round’s view: Terry’s love of Chelsea is well documented but whether his ego will allow him to take a massive 50% pay cut is another matter entirely. The Chelsea captain has been re-invigorated under Jose Mourinho this season, which, of course, improves his bargaining position. Status is everything at Premier League clubs so Paper Round can’t see Terry taking such a sizable pay cut but this story has plenty to run.
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Pellegrini's job safe despite title collapse: Manuel Pellegrini's job as Manchester City manager is safe despite a worrying end of season collapse from the Citizens, that’s according to the Daily Mail. The report claims that there “is no appetite whatsoever to sack Pellegrini, even if he loses all five games remaining this season.”
Paper Round’s view: On appointment, Pellegrini’s remit was that of a more “holistic” approach, or, in other words, to completely revolutionise City’s playing style and a job that big takes more than one season. He has certainly made City more pleasing on the eye and collected one piece of silverware so his first season has been a success of sorts. However, a league title will be a minimum requirement next season one would imagine.
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Bayern Munich keen on Aston Villa defender: Bayern Munich are showing interest in Aston Villa’s 16-year-old Easah Suliman, according to the Daily Mail. The defender has captained England under 17s having been at the club since he was eight and impressed Bayern scouts while playing in the FA Youth Cup.
Paper Round’s view: Bayern have been here before with Dale Jennings and it will be difficult to see how Suliman could turn down the opportunity to play for the world’s best team if they were to firm up their interest with a formal bid. However, when was the last time a youth team player moved to a big club and came through the ranks, particularly in another country? While a difficult opportunity to turn down it also may not be the best move for Suliman’s career.
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Juventus keen on cut-price Dani Osvaldo: Dani Osvaldo’s loan deal at Juventus includes a £15 million option to buy but the Old Lady are willing to pay Southampton only £7 million for the striker, report the Daily Mirror. Osvaldo is almost certain to leave the Saints this summer after he was involved in a training ground altercation with teammate Jose Fonte in January with both the player and the club eager to bring to an end what has been a unhappy relationship.
Paper Round’s view: Southampton are in a tough position here – they appear desperate to sell making this a buyer’s market with only Juventus interested. Therefore the Saints have a decision to make: hold on to a player they want to sell out of principle in the hope that they can get a better deal or cut their losses and sell. Paper Round expects the latter.
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