Liverpool set sights on Real Madrid star: Liverpool have made enquiries about Real Madrid star Isco, reports the Daily Star. The former Malaga man, signed only last summer for £24 million, appears surplus to requirements after the Real Madrid signed Toni Kroos and look certain to wrap up a deal for James Rodriguez. The Madrid club are said to be willing to listen to offers for the Spanish international as they look to recoup some of the money they have spent this summer.
Paper Round’s view: Isco is a superb footballer - a rare talent that would improve any team. However, Liverpool look pretty well stocked in the attacking midfield area and would probably better off spending money on other areas of the team – most notably in attack or in defence. Furthermore, there is no mention of any fee involved, suggesting that this story is firmly a rumour at this stage. Furthermore, the player himself told Spanish newspaper AS that he expected to stay at the club for at least the season to fight for his place in the team. It would be a surprise if this move was to go through but Madrid may try to force it through to help balance the books.
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Arsenal set to swoop for £24 million Portuguese World Cup star: Arsenal are set to bid for Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho, that is according to a report in the Daily Telegraph. 22-year-old Carvalho has a £35 million release fee but the north London club believe that they can negotiate that down. Arsenal want to make the payment in two instalments but the Lisbon club are after the full fee up front.
Paper Round’s view: While certainly a player of great promise, Carvalho is not yet on a par with Sami Khedira or Lars Bender, the other two players Arsene Wenger is said to have shown an interest in. However, he remains a good ‘back up’ option if moves for the aforementioned defensive midfield players fall through. Carvalho made two appearances for Portugal at this summer’s World Cup.
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Richards set for loan switch: Manchester City have priced Micah Richards out of a permanent move away from the club, according to the Express. With only one year left to run on his current deal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Newcastle are all said to have baulked at the £7 million price tag City have placed on the 26-year-old.
Paper Round’s view: Richards is quite obviously surplus to requirements at Manchester City – especially following the summer signing of Bacary Sagna, so City’s reluctance to lower their asking price is baffling with the right-back set to be available on a free next summer. If the Manchester club bow to the player’s wish and grant him a loan move then it is, in effect, granting him a free transfer. City need to be sensible and reduce their asking price and sell a player they patently don’t want rather than lose him on a free.
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Leicester keen on Sporting Lisbon's Algerian striker Slimani: Leicester City are said to be keen on making a move for Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani, according to the Daily Mail. The forward, who impressed for Algeria at the World Cup, is rated at £7 million, and scored eight times in 26 league games last season.
Paper Round’s view: While Slimani undoubtedly performed well at the World Cup as he grabbed two goals as his side made the last-16 for the first time in its history, his record last season for Sporting indicates that he is unlikely to ever be prolific. He could provide a good presence up front for another more potent forward to feed off but Leicester should really be after that more potent forward threat first and foremost, who could get 15 plus goals a season.
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