‘Suarez keen on move to Spain this summer’ - Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has a "predisposition for Spain" as the Independent reports that he could leave the Anfield club this summer. His lawyer has revealed that he clearly has a preference for Spain and that “it would be very difficult to say no” if Real Madrid were to come in for the striker, sparking speculation over a move away from Liverpool in the close season. The 27-year-old's representative admits such a move would be almost impossible to reject, and the paper reports him cheekily admitting that "clubs can offer a lot of money".
Paper Round’s view: Yes, clubs can offer a lot of money - particularly Real Madrid. It’s patently obvious to everyone that Suarez would love to move to Spain and this timely pre-World Cup reminder was hardly necessary. Real Madrid appear likely to move for the striker and you can bet that his latest contract will accommodate a relatively simple move to La Liga. Suarez in for Karim Benzema would be an upgrade for the European champions and it is clear that he would love to move to the Bernabeu. He is now clearly preparing for a move to Spain and it's just a question of whether an offer meets his reported contract clauses.
‘United have five key transfer targets’ - Luke Shaw's £27m move to Manchester United from Southampton should go through in the next few days and he’s one of five targets for the club, according to the Mail on Sunday. The budget is reportedly £220m for the club and the paper reports that, in addition to Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman, Cesc Fabregas, a target for Man City, Atletico Madrid's Koke, Sporting Lisbon's William Carvalho, Feyenoord's Jordy Clasie and Ajax star Daley Blind are all also on the Old Trafford radar.
Paper Round’s view: Roma midfielder Strootman looks to be the most affordable option to bolster the midfield, and Van Gaal will be desperate to get at least one solid target, such as the Dutchman, in early to reassure the fans. Atletico Madrid star Joao Miranda and Borussia Dormund's Mats Hummels are reportedly Van Gaal's first choices to lead his new defence next season, so it is very difficult to pinpoint who exactly United want in what appears to be an increasingly scattergun approach under the inexperienced and unconvincing chief executive Ed Woodward.
‘Chelsea and Spurs quoted £50m for star’ - Roma have told Chelsea and Tottenham they will have to stump up at least £50m to land transfer target Mehdi Benatia this summer, as reported by various papers. The Premier League duo are believed to be interested in the defender, with Manchester City also keeping tabs on the situation. But Roma’s sporting director Walter Sabatini says he won’t let the Moroccan international depart without a fight and insists nothing short of £50m.
Paper Round’s view: Ah, so Sabatini is attempting to give Daniel Levy a taste of his own medicine with this bargaining approach. Chelsea and Spurs are reportedly both desperate to bolster their defensive ranks, but clearly £50m would be an outrageous and unrealistic fee for the 27-year-old. With David Luiz to leave Chelsea, Jose Mourinho will be keen to replace the defender, but not at this price – his priorities in spending that kind of cash lie elsewhere.
‘Southampton holding out on Shaw, Lallana’ – Southampton are determined to play hardball over England stars Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw after selling Rickie Lambert to Liverpool for £4m yesterday, that’s according to the Sunday Express. Manchester United’s £27m bid for the 18-year-old full-back is sitting in the Saints boardroom. But it’s understood that Southampton, busily trying to install a new manager after the departure of Mauricio Pochettino to Spurs, insist neither player will leave for less than £30m.
Paper Round’s view: Both United and Liverpool say they will not increase their bids, which could allow Spurs to move in for Lallana. Pochettino is keen to renew his working relationship with the midfielder, who now seems certain to start in England’s opening group game against Italy. Lallana says he is content to leave his future until after the World Cup finals if there are no developments while the squad is in Florida, but this kind of talk should not fool anyone with clubs working behind the scenes to drive through the best price. Both will leave pretty soon.
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