Premier League - Paper Round: Toure turns down shock United move

Yaya Toure turns down Manchester United; Liverpool are linked with a new striker; and West Ham target an Arsenal star – it's all in today's papers.

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Yaya Toure turns down shock United move: Manchester City star Yaya Toure has snubbed a shock move to bitter-rivals Manchester United, according the Daily Star. Toure has fallen out with the Premier League champions and wants to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer. United bosses let it be known Toure was on their shopping list and were hopeful of pulling-off a £40m deal. But Toure has told United that he has no interest in joining them because he is holding out for a move to Paris Saint-Germain instead.

Paper Round's view: A juicy story but one that was destined to be a non-starter. Even if Yaya was keen on a move to United it would have been hard to see City sanctioning such a move – it is not like they need the money. Also, United have always had a solid business model and splashing out £40m on 31-year-olds has never been part of it. Still, City need to sort out the Toure situation sooner, rather than later, or they risk having it dominate their pre-season. As Eurosport blogger Paul Parker noted recently – if they keep an unhappy Toure in their squad it risks upsetting their entire squad.

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City want to sign Barkley from Everton: Manchester City have an interest in England midfielder Ross Barkley but they have yet to set the wheels in motion for any bid, according to the Daily Mail. Any such action would likely depend on Yaya Toure and what comes of his planned talks with City's hierarchy. The Mail claims Toure and his representative Dimitri Seluk have made contact with the club owners to dampen the initial furore that surrounded his claims of feeling unloved.

Paper Round's view: So maybe Yaya is happy after all if this report is to be believed. Or maybe nobody really wants to splash out megabucks for a 31-year-old and Toure's been forced to crawl back in line. However, if City could turn Toure into Barkley without effectively spending any money, it might see the quality in their side take a short term hit but could be a fantastic piece of business in the long-term. Barkley has the potential to be one of the best midfielders in the Premier League for the next 10 years and it will take a huge bid to prize him away from Goodison. However, if City could sell Toure for £40m then they could do worse than sending that money directly into the Toffees' coffers for Barkley.

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Liverpool set to spend over £100m: Brendan Rodgers is set to take Liverpool’s summer spending past the £100 million mark after being given the go-ahead to reinvest the proceeds of Luis Suarez’s sale to Barcelona, according to the Times. Despite having spent almost £60 million on four signings, Rodgers said that those acquisitions were not dependent on any of the income from Suarez’s £75 million move and the manager has been given approval by Fenway Sports Group, the club’s owner, to continue improving his squad. Liverpool have made offers for Dejan Lovren, the Southampton centre back, and Ben Davies, the Swansea City left back. They are also close to signing Divock Origi, the Lille forward, and have a growing interest in Loic Remy, who is available to leave Queens Park Rangers for about £8 million. The focus on Remy comes as Liverpool’s interest in Wilfried Bony diminishes because of a feeling that a £19 million deal for the Swansea striker would prove too complicated to conclude.

Paper Round's view: Liverpool spending £100m seems like a fair expectation given they have Champions League football and have sold Suarez. Brendan Rodgers will have a much deeper squad next season which will really help them compete in the cup competitions. Nevertheless one of their strengths last season was the fact that they had such a settled team as they focused solely on the league. How they cope will be really interesting and if Rodgers can pull it off, he will silence his few remaining critics who claim he has been riding Suarez's coattails. However, there is phrase in US Sports that 'four quarters doesn't always equal a dollar' and while all these new recruits are great, there is no guarantee they will fill the Suarez void. Losing your star man is tough to get over – just ask Spurs.

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West Ham target Jenkinson: Carl Jenkinson is a £5million target for West Ham according to the Sun. Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is a big fan of the Arsenal right-back and wants him now. Jenkinson, 22, is finding it tough to establish himself as first choice for Arsene Wenger. And the signing of £11m France right-back Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle shows there is little chance of that changing soon.

Paper Round's view: This move makes sense to us. Jenkinson is now at an age where he really should be playing first-team football – he can't be considered a promising youngster anymore. If Arsenal had full faith in him then they would have given him the starting right-back job when Bacary Sagna left and signed a youngster to back him up but the Debuchy signing shows Wenger sees him as a mere back-up. If Jenkison can get a move to another Premier League club, with the promise of first team football, then he should jump at the chance. England is not exactly blessed with a plethora of quality right-backs, so if he can impress at Upton Park it will even give him a chance of adding to his solitary England cap.

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