United to offer Kroos astronomical wages to join: Manchester United will offer Toni Kroos a staggering £260,000 in an attempt to lure the German international away from Bayern Munich, according to The Guardian. Reports last week suggested that United bosses had stayed in Munich following United’s Champions League exit in order to work on the deal, but that their advances had suffered a setback with Kroos apparently keen on extending his contract with the Bundesliga club. However, United will reportedly return for the 24-year-old and will offer him a whopping £260,000 a week – making him one of the Red Devils’ highest earners – in order to wrap up the deal in the summer.
Paper round’s view: It seems almost inconceivable that one of the most talented young midfielders in world football will join a struggling Manchester United side – even with a pay packet such as this one. David Moyes last week insisted that United can still attract ‘big names’, but Kroos has been a key figure for the reigning German and European champions in the past two seasons and has become accustomed to playing in Europe’s premier club competition – something of which he will miss out on should he move to Old Trafford. The 24-year-old is yet to sign a new deal with Bayern, and the fact that the Bundesliga outfit strengthened their midfield this week with the signing of Eintracht Frankfurt’s Sebastian Rode could pave the way for Kroos’ exit – but don’t expect him to join United.
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Shaw to join United for £30 million: Manchester United are hopeful of securing a £30 million summer deal for Southampton full-back Luke Shaw, according to the Telegraph. Left-back Shaw is one of England’s future stars and has gained much admiration from Premier League clubs since his debut in the top flight last season. The highly-rated full-back is also said to be on Jose Mourinho’s wish list, but United are confident of beating Chelsea to his signature with a massive £30 million offer and regular first-team opportunities – something of which he is not guaranteed of at Chelsea. The Telegraph also report that, while David Moyes’ future at Old Trafford remains in doubt, United bosses are pressing ahead with the attempt to recruit the 18-year-old.
Paper round’s view: Following Moyes’ disastrous first season in charge at United, it is painfully obvious that the club needs to bolster their squad, and, like the Telegraph suggest, it is good that the United hierarchy are pressing on with acquiring targets despite Moyes’ uncertain future. It is reported that there will be a squad overhaul at United in the summer – with a number of the old guard exiting the Old Trafford doors – so now would be a perfect time to recruit future stars, of which Shaw most certainly fits the bill. The Southampton full-back was a Chelsea fan as a kid, but regular first-team football may persuade him against joining his boyhood club.
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Simeone won’t stop Costa joining Chelsea: Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has said that he would have no objections should Diego Costa want to join Chelsea in the summer, a report in the Mirror states. Blues boss Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his admiration for Atletico’s Brazilian-born Spanish striker, and speculation suggests that Chelsea will make a £50 million offer to acquire the striker’s services in the summer. The Mirror report that Costa is set to sign a £185,000-a-week deal with the Premier League side, and Simeone has admitted that he would not stand in his striker’s way. “It will depend on him and what he thinks is best for his future. I will support any decision he makes. We understand that Chelsea have huge financial power and if he wants to live off football for the rest of his life, I will have no problem in him going,” Simeone said.
Paper round’s view: Diego Costa has been one of Europe’s most prolific strikers this season, so it is no wonder that the Spaniard has been linked with a number of high-profile clubs. However, it seems that Chelsea are leading the chase to sign the forward and Simeone’s comments suggest that Costa may well join the Blues. But with La Liga and Champions League glory still in Atletico’s sights, Costa may find it hard to leave Spain and Europe’s best side, should they manage the incredible feat of securing the double.
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Hull to battle with Stoke and West Ham for Spurs star: Hull are ready to battle it out with Stoke and West Ham in an attempt to sign Tottenham’s Jake Livermore on a permanent deal, reports the Daily Mirror. Hull boss Steve Bruce has been impressed with Livermore – who has spent this season on loan with the Tigers – and is keen on wrapping up a deal to secure Livermore’s signature on a full-time basis. However, Sam Allardyce and Mark Hughes will look to scupper Bruce’s advances as they hope to sign him for West Ham and Stoke respectively. Livermore has helped Hull secure their Premier League status and also reach the FA Cup final this year, but will return to parent club Tottenham when the season ends. Bruce has reportedly been told he can have Livermore for £6 million, but will face a tough battle – especially from Stoke – to persuade him to return to the KC Stadium permanently.
Paper round’s view: Livermore has certainly enjoyed his time playing under Bruce this year, after admitting that he desperately needed first-team football, but has declared that he is unsure of where his future lies. "I haven't got a clue what's going to happen in the summer. I don't know anything but, as long as I am playing next season, I'll be happy. It's great at Hull, and I have really enjoyed my time here. I came to play regular first-team football after a terrible season at Tottenham,” said Livermore. It appears that Livermore will have to wait until the summer to resolve his future, with Spurs boss Tim Sherwood likely to lose his job.
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