United boosted over Cuadrado: Juan Guillermo Cuadrado's negotiations with Barcelona have hit a snag, giving Manchester United hope over signing the Colombian World Cup star. The Daily Mail reports that Barca have been put off by Fiorentina's £39.5 million asking price, leaving United in pole position to sign the 26-year-old winger.
Paper Round's view: That's quite a whopper of a price tag, for someone coming from Serie A - hardly the greatest league in the world at the moment. There's a reason why Barca are balking at Fiorentina's price - and United should too. Cuadrado had a decent enough World Cup, but to expect his price to have risen to such levels requires something of a leap of faith.
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Schneiderlin future could get messy: Morgan Schneiderlin may be forced to go on strike to engineer a move from Southampton to Tottenham, reports the Daily Mirror. The France World Cup star has been told by his club they will not sell him and, while he has stopped short of handing in a transfer request, he has made it clear to the Saints hierarchy that he wants to be allowed to go. Sources close to the player said things like: "Morgan feels hurt and angry" and "It is in danger of getting very messy". The possibility of refusing to train unless Southampton agree to talk to Spurs is a real one, the report adds.
Paper Round's view: Schneiderlin is clearly upset by the way things have panned out for him over these last few days, which can be seen by this tweet:
But he has not suggested that striking is an option. Indeed, the report claims that the reason why he has not handed in a transfer request is because he does not want to jeopardise his relationship with Saints fans. Yet going on strike goes beyond that. So don't expect things to get too messy just yet.
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Chelsea eye Miranda: Chelsea have made another enquiry about Atletico Madrid player Joao Miranda, according to the Daily Mail. Having already secured the services of Diego Costa and Filipe Luis, Chelsea have set their sights on the £20m-rated defender as they seek to replace David Luiz, who has moved to Paris Saint Germain. Thibaut Courtois, who has been on loan with the Madrid club, has also moved back to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Paper Round's view: Money could talk here. Atletico's financial problems are common knowledge - they haven't sold half their title-winning squad on a whim - and if Roman Abramovich can float enough cash in front of their noses, the Spanish side may have to accept defeat and allow Miranda to move on. Which would be great news for Chelsea, who are getting increasingly more desperate to bolster their back line.
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Spurs close to Dier deal: The Daily Telegraph report that Tottenham are poised to sign one of the few English footballers currently plying their trade abroad - Eric Dier. The England U21 defender has rejected a contract extension with Sporting and Spurs hope to complete a £4m deal to take him to White Hart Lane. The 20-year-old moved to Portugal when he was 10 and has come through the ranks with Sporting and has now made 30 senior appearances for the club.
Paper Round's view: Dier is young and unproven but given his age and price tag, he would not be too much of a risk for Spurs to take. He's obviously keen on a move back to his homeland and could well be worth a punt. England U21 coach Gareth Southgate clearly likes what he sees, if that's any kind of endorsement.
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Savage haircut: Robbie Savage has cut off his famous long blond locks and offered his ponytail to the National Football Museum. The Daily Mirror reports the stunning news, while one 'lucky reader' could become the proud owner of a lock of the former midfielder and now television pundit's hair by sending in a 'hair-raising' reason why they should win.
Paper Round's view: It's a slow news day.
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