Suarez happy at Anfield: Luis Suarez expressed his happiness at Liverpool to a Uruguayan radio station and played down talk of a move to Real Madrid, report the Independent. "I know nothing of any interest from Real Madrid, and I am happy with Liverpool," he said. "In the team we are all really excited, and looking forward to a good season. We have been at the top so far and we are still aiming at the top."
Paper Round’s view: This is Luis Suarez, so too much shouldn’t be read into these comments – the fact he is happy at Liverpool now doesn’t mean he’ll be happy when the transfer window opens or in the summer; particularly if the club don’t qualify for the Champions League.
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Liverpool to rival Arsenal for Cabaye: Liverpool are set to rival Arsenal for the signing of Yohan Cabaye, reports the Daily Express. Arsenal made a bid for the France international over the summer and are set to come back with another bid. However, they will face competition from Liverpool as well as continental giants PSG and Roma, who are managed by Cabaye’s former coach at Lille, Rudi Garcia.
Paper Round’s view: Arsenal have more pressing priorities up front and at the back, so a bid is highly unlikely. Liverpool, who were overrun in midfield against Arsenal last weekend, have a greater need for the player but would he go there if there is interest from PSG and Roma? Doubtful. Newcastle are reluctant to sell but, if they do, expect it to be abroad.
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Begovic refuses to rule out City switch: Asmir Begovic has refused to rule out a move to Manchester City after admitting he was close to a deal before the departure of Roberto Mancini, reports the Metro. The Bosnian has admitted that he was close to a move to the Etihad but it was scuppered following the departure of Roberto Mancini. “When Mancini was on the bench, we were very close to an agreement,” he said.
Paper Round’s view: It is, of course, not inconceivable that City were at least looking for competition for Hart - if not a replacement – for quite some time considering his struggles with form. The signing of Jack Butland by Stoke looked peculiar at the time after he was loaned straight out but could be a measure of just how far along those negotiations were. In a World Cup year, expect Begovic to remain at Stoke until the end of the season but watch this space thereafter.
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Tottenham back in for Coentrao: Tottenham to make another attempt to sign Fabio Coentrao in January, reports the Evening Standard. Spurs tried to sign Coentrao in the summer but the deal fell through due to the player's wage demands and a reluctance to go to a non-Champions League club.
Paper Round’s view: Very little chance of this deal going through. The same reasons that prevented the deal going through over the summer remain – Tottenham are not in the Champions League and still have a rigid wage structure. With Manchester United having just missed out on signing the player on loan at the end of the transfer window, that appears a far more likely destination.
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Messi could have signed for Chelsea: Lionel Messi could have signed for Chelsea in the summer after Adidas offered to pay half of his £210million buy-out clause, report the Daily Mail. Barcelona are sponsored by Adidas’s great rivals Nike and the suggestion is that it would make far more commercial sense for Messi to be at an Adidas sponsored team. The two other clubs that Adidas proposed Messi move to were Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.
Paper Round’s view: Incredibly unlikely due to Messi’s emotional attachment to Barcelona. Furthermore, Messi has a fractious relationship with Jose Mourinho following their battles in Spain while a move to Madrid just would not happen. Bayern, with former coach Pep Guardiola at the helm, would be more appealing but it is patently clear that Messi doesn’t want to leave and Barca don’t want to sell. Just won’t happen.