Ronaldo to hit jackpot if he stays put? The Daily Telegraph reports today that Real Madrid are prepared to make Ronaldo the highest-paid player in the world in a bid to thwart United in their efforts to take the forward back to Old Trafford. The paper says the Portuguese stands to earn in excess of the £330,000 a week earned by Samuel Eto’o at Anzhi Makhachkala if he commits his future to Real.
Paper Round’s view: It's silly money, but since when has the folding green stuff been an issue for Real Madrid?
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Suarez to Real Madrid? Real Madrid are ready to hijack Arsenal's bid to land Suarez, The Sun reports. The paper says the Spanish giants are set to offer Liverpool £40 million for the Uruguayan - £10m more than the figure Arsenal offered a few days ago. That Gunners bid was, of course, rejected.
Paper Round’s view: Suarez himself said yesterday: "Don’t believe everything you read or hear", but considering his unease with the English press and a perceived sense of persecution over here, a transfer to a club like Real makes more sense than a move to London.
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Where will Benteke end up? The Daily Mirror claims Aston Villa are prepared to sell Christian Benteke to Tottenham, but are ready for a price war with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who hopes to drive down the £25m price tag for the 22-year-old by waiting to make a move until nearer the end of the transfer window. The Daily Mail, meanwhile, say Villa will sell to Chelsea, although Benteke himself prefers a move to White Hart Lane.
Paper Round's view: Villa owner Randy Lerner has driven a hard bargain before - and got his own way - so it would come as no surprise to see Spurs stump up the cash. Forget a move to Chelsea - Benteke rates himself highly and is unlikely to move to a club where he is not top billing.
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United prepare new Baines bid. The Daily Mirror reports that Manchester United are set to increase their offer for Everton full-back Leighton Baines to the £14m mark. The champions have already had a £12m bid rejected for the England international who the paper claims is "keen to make the switch".
Paper Round's view: United need to freshen up the left-back position and David Moyes is a big admirer of Baines - this deal makes absolute sense and will probably happen. The only question is for how much.
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Flamini to return to England? Former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini is "seriously considering" a move back to England as he feels he has unfinished business, claims The Sun. The paper quotes the Frenchman as saying he wants to win the Premier League and the Champions League, narrowing down the list of potential destinations to just a handful of clubs.
Paper Round's view: Flamini, 29, has done okay at AC Milan, but it's difficult to imagine either one of the Manchester clubs or Chelsea would be desperate to get him on board. A return to north London would be more plausible.
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Di Canio to splash cash on Italy international? Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio is close to sealing a £10m deal for Italy midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini, according to the Daily Mirror. The paper reports that the Black Cats are willing to double the attacking midfielder's wages in a bid to lure him away from Juventus.
Paper Round's view: Di Canio will undoubtedly wield some clout when it comes to tempting Italians to England, but trading a Serie A title defence and Champions League football for a battle against relegation on Wearside doesn't quite add up.