Premier League - Paper Round: United 'desperate' to offload expensive flops

New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is desperate to get rid of Marouane Fellaini; Shinji Kagawa is on his way out of Old Trafford too; and Chelsea are equally keen to offload Fernando Torres - the main stories making headlines in this morning's papers.

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Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini (PA Photos)

Flop Fellaini on his way to Napoli: Maroune Fellaini's "nightmare year" is set to end with a move to Napoli, reports the Daily Mirror and other papers. Fellaini cost Manchester United £27.5m a year ago but is first in line to leave Old Trafford as new manager Louis van Gaal plans a major clear-out of dead wood. Napoli want the Belgium midfielder, despite his failure to impress since David Moyes brought him to United from Everton. United accept they will be lucky to recoup half of what they paid for the 26-year-old but while they want to ditch him permanently, Napoli favour a loan deal due to financial constraints.

Paper Round's view: If he stays at United Fellaini will not get the new start he craves. Clearly he is not part of Van Gaal's plans - understandably so - and perhaps Serie A, which is not among the best leagues in Europe at the moment, may offer a better chance of rebirth. The shame is that he was a decent player for Moyes at Everton; he was just never able to step up to the highest level at Old Trafford. Napoli may offer redemption.

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Kagawa on his way out too: Shinji Kagawa is set to join Fellaini on his way out of Old Trafford, with Van Gaal equally intent on shifting on the Japan international. The Sun reports that Kagawa could be on his way back to Borussia Dortmund with United keen to recoup the £12m they paid the German club two years ago. The paper also reports that United are looking for buyers for Nani and Anderson. Nani interests Juventus and would fetch £10m, but finding a club interested in Anderson could prove more difficult.

Paper Round's view: Of course Fellaini wasn't the only player to disappoint at United last season; the above mentioned trio were equally anonymous. There just doesn't seem to be room in the United team for playmaker Kagawa and if Van Gaal is to avoid a bloated squad, he is exactly the type of player who needs to be offloaded. As for Nani and Anderson, well, they should have gone years ago.

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Chelsea desperately trying to find buyer for Torres: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will have to get rid of one of his foreign players to accommodate new signing Didier Drogba, with Fernando Torres the likely fall-guy. Due to home-grown player quotas, the Blues must free up a space for their Champions League and Premier League squads. Chelsea will try to sell Torres - who is expensive at £20m and demands wages of £175,000-a-week - and John Obi Mikel - for whom there has been little interest so far - but if they fail, they may be forced into selling Petr Cech to Paris Saint Germain, with Thibaut Courtois and Mark Schwarzer already on their books.

Paper Round's view: Torres may be expensive but surely the real reason no one will buy him is because he's not actually that good. Or at least he's a shell of the player who once terrorised opposition defences. Anyway, it does seem unlikely that a move back to Atletico Madrid will materialise, now the Spanish champions have signed Antoine Griezmann, and Chelsea may be forced to take a financial hit if they really are that desperate to get rid of him. However, offloading one of the aforementioned keepers might be a far more prudent idea, given that Cech is unlikely to stay if Courtois is number one, and Courtois is unlikely to hang around if he can't get into the team.

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Liverpool prepare Lavezzi bid: Liverpool are set to make a bid for Paris Saint Germain winger Ezequiel Lavezzi, according to a report in the Daily Star. That report cites other reports, in the Spanish press - namely Marca - which state that the Ligue 1 champions are willing to sell the Argentine in order to fund their bid for Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria. Lavezzi has also been linked with a move to Liverpool's Premier League rivals Chelsea, with Jose Mourinho a "huge" admirer of the player.

Paper Round's view: The reports of the reports (which we are now reporting) claim that Liverpool are plotting an £18m bid as they "go to war" with Chelsea over the player, but with the aforementioned home-grown quota problem Chelsea are facing, the Reds may well have the march on their Premier League rivals.

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Newcastle plot Remy swoop: With Loic Remy's move to Liverpool now dead, Newcastle are set to step in and take the France striker back to St James' Park on loan. The Daily Mirror reports the Magpies are keen to have Remy back where he played last season, despite him failing a medical to scupper a move from QPR to Anfield. Lyon striker Alexander Lacazette and Lorient forward Vincent Aboubakar are also under consideration by the Magpies.

Paper Round's view: QPR manager Harry Redknapp reckons there is nothing wrong with Remy medically, and that there must be some other reason for Liverpool having pulled the plug, but none of that should concern Newcastle, if they are planning a loan move. As long as they can get the best out of the player while they can, any long-term health defects - or not, as the case may be - will be incidental. The problem may now be that Redknapp is happy to hang onto Remy.

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