Harry Kane top of Man United’s wish list:Manchester United want Harry Kane and are willing to pay Tottenham £45 million for him, according to both the Daily Mail and the Times. Louis van Gaal wants to add a striker as part of a £150 million summer spree and has picked Kane as his man. Spurs will be hesitant to sell, especially considering Kane still has five years remaining on a new contract he just signed, but the Red Devils are undeterred.
Paper Round’s view: Spurs have made a habit of selling their best players. They did it to United before with Teddy Sheringham, Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov. Lately it has been to Real Madrid, with Gareth Bale and Luka Modric going to the Bernabeu. But Kane has been tabbed as England‘s next big star and he’s a Spurs academy product. Selling him would be a bigger hit to the club than anyone else. Everyone has their price, and Daniel Levy sure has his, but £45 million probably isn’t Spurs’ for Kane. It’s not even close.
Manchester United to sell van Persie and Di Maria to fund Bale: Manchester United are ready to make a move for Gareth Bale, the Daily Mirror reports. The Red Devils want the out-of-favour Real Madrid winger and The Mirror claims that they will sell Robin van Persie and Angel Di Maria to fund the purchase. Selling the duo will clear £500,000-per-week off of United’s wage bill, allowing them to buy Bale in an £80 million deal, plus his huge wages.
Paper Round’s view: It has looked unlikely that Real Madrid would actually sell Bale this summer. He’s struggled, but to sell the man they paid a world record fee for just two years ago would be an ego hit that Real Madrid are rarely willing to take. Yet Bale’s poor outing in the Champions League this week, which saw Real Madrid eliminated from the competition, may have changed that. It would be extraordinary if United bought Bale after snapping up Memphis Depay, but the Red Devils probably will be a bit extraordinary in their spending this summer. If both the Kane story and this one are true, the largesse on display will be something to behold
Atletico Madrid making move to keep Chelsea from Griezmann, Koke: Chelsea are hoping to sign both Antoine Griezmann and Koke from Atletico Madrid, but the Daily Star claims they may be shut out. Both players have £43 million buyout clauses, which the Blues may have been prepared to meet, but The Star claims Atleti are going to give both players new deals that would push their buyout clauses to £100 million each. That could keep them at The Vicente Calderon and force Chelsea to look elsewhere for upgrades.
Paper Round’s view: If Atletico Madrid are able to push Griezmann and Koke’s buyouts to £100 million, Chelsea would have nearly no chance of signing them this summer – but doing so effectively requires the players to set in stone their own futures with Diego Simeone’s side. At that point, it comes down to how badly the Blues want them and whether they want to push through a move to Stamford Bridge. If they want to play for Chelsea, they’ll refuse to sign the new deals, the Blues will pay the buyout clause and they’ll make the move. But if Atleti is willing to pay them big money, they may want to stay at a club that has done them well.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal to battle for Ayew: The Marseille president has confirmed that Andrew Ayew will not return to the club next season. The Ghanaian is out of contract this summer and Marseille have conceded that he will leave for England, where they can offer him more money. The Star reports that Ayew will sign with Manchester United, Liverpool or Arsenal, with the trio set to compete for his signature.
Paper Round’s view: Ayew would be a nice addition for any of United, Liverpool or Arsenal, but he’s not the sort of player that’s going to transform an attack at one of those clubs. He’d be a nice depth option. It would be great to see a mid-table club jump into the fray and try to land Ayew because he could be a sensational addition to a team looking to push into the top half, but the money of the top teams generally wins out. Maybe those teams don’t actually want to shell out big cash for a depth player, though?
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Schmeichel could go to Arsenal: If Arsenal can’t land Petr Cech they are going to make a move for Kasper Schmeichel, according to The Telegraph. Schmeichel has been good for Leicester this season and has several clubs interested in him. The goalkeeper is reportedly happy at Leicester, though, so will not force a move. A club will have to make a big push for him.
Paper Round’s view: It looks as if Arsenal have finally recognized that they need a major upgrade at goalkeeper. Cech would be ideal, but Chelsea may be unwilling to sell him to a Premier League rival so the Gunners need a back-up plan. Schmeichel would be a nice option and give them a better goalkeeper than anyone else they have. He may not be looking to leave Leicester, but he would certainly be interested in a move to a Champions League side.