PSG to offer £61m for Hazard: French champions Paris Saint-Germain are ready to table an astonishing £61m bid for Eden Hazard, according to the Daily Mail. PSG believe Chelsea are willing to sell, with the player in line for a five-year deal worth £230,000 a week. The paper also points out that PSG, who were fined £49m for breaching Financial Fair Play guidelines only last month, have already paid Chelsea £50m for David Luis.
Paper Round's view: This news comes on the same day that it was announced Hazard will take the Chelsea number 10 shirt next season. He said: "I hope it brings me a lot of luck in the future and I look forward to the fans seeing me in it next season." That doesn't sound like the words of a man about to quit the club, or the actions of a club about to sell one of their best players. Still, Chelsea may need some cash if they are to follow through with their interest in Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa, Tiago, Filipe Luis, Koke and Diego Godin... money could yet talk in this deal.
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Chelsea hopeful of securing Costa soon: Chelsea are confident of sealing the capture of Diego Costa before the World Cup starts, according to the Mail. The report claims that Jose Mourinho's move for the Spain international is virtually complete, but has been held up by his hamstring injury. He has now returned to training and Chelsea will look to push through the £35m deal before the tournament in Brazil starts in just over a week.
Paper Round's view: This appears to be a nailed-on deal. Barring a nightmare training injury, Costa looks like he'll be wearing a Chelsea shirt by the time the new Premier League season kicks off.
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Fabregas open to idea of joining Chelsea: Cesc Fabregas could yet join Chelsea despite his strong emotional attachment to Arsenal, according to The Times. The Barcelona midfielder is currently assessing his options after being told to find a new club this summer and would welcome an offer from Stamford Bridge. The Spain player would have preferred to return to Arsenal, who have first option on him, but have opted not to exercise it, having secured the services of Mesut Ozil last summer.
Paper Round's view: Despite Arsenal's rejection, Fabregas is "sanguine" about the situation, according to the report. And why wouldn't he be? If he can increase his £100,000-a-week Barcelona wages at Stamford Bridge, then he shouldn't think twice about joining them, despite having apparently been in tears when he left the Emirates. The emotions behind those waterworks will be easily forgotten when trousering such a hefty pay cheque across town.
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Sauce back on England menu: The Daily Mirror's man in Miami is putting his time to good use, revealing that tomato ketchup is back on the national side's menu. Former England boss Fabio Capello banned red sauce during his regime, a decision that was unpopular with players, but Roy Hodgson has finally allowed players to have both red and brown sauce on the tables for every meal during the World Cup. The players are "clearly enjoying getting a bit saucy", according to the report.
Paper Round's view: It's no secret that a lot of junk goes into ketchup, so it was easy to sympathise with Capello's original standpoint, especially considering that a footballer's diet is something of a science these days. Yet if a blob of sauce with a healthy dinner keeps the troops happy, surely it's understandable to overlook it.
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Terry set to go to World Cup: John Terry could yet go to Brazil this summer, with the Daily Mail claiming the former England captain could replace Roy Keane as a pundit for ITV. Keane announced he would not be giving his views for the television channel at the World Cup as he would prefer to focus on coaching opportunities, leaving Terry to be installed as the bookies favourite to step into the breach.
Paper Round's view: Keane's forthright opinions will be sorely missed this summer and it remains to be seen whether Terry is capable of replacing the Irishman. Keane was an extremely unpopular figure (outside of the red half of Manchester at least) but he managed to turn that around to some extent with his performances to camera, Gary Neville-like. Terry is equally disliked by pretty much anyone who isn't a Chelsea fan, but whether he can find some kind of redemption on the telly is a big risk for ITV. Still, at least if England win the World Cup, he'll be there to join in the celebrations.
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