Montpellier open door for Cabella move to United: Montpellier manager Jean Fernandez said the club would not turn down a £15m offer for Remy Cabella, according to the Daily Express. Cabella, dubbed the 'new Zidane’, has been in exceptional form this season with Manchester United said to be interested. “If in the winter transfer window Manchester United offer €18m (£15m) as I have read, he must go,” said boss Jean Fernandez.
Paper Round's view: Let’s not get too excited too soon. This is United post the Ferguson-Gill axis and they have struggled to get deals done. Also, the fact that the Montpellier manager specifically name checked United may be an effort to get other interested parties to show their hand. However, if United sign him and he is the ‘new Zidane’, then the ills of last summer will soon be forgotten.
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Chelsea want to sign Sneijder: Having already signed Samuel Eto’o, Jose Mourinho looks set to bring another member of his Inter Milan team to Stamford Bridge. Wesley Sneijder is, according to the Metro, considering leaving Galatasaray in a bid to rejuvenate his international career. The story is run with quotes from Dutch boss Louis van Gaal. “I know Chelsea and Jose Mourinho want Sneijder in the winter market,” said Van Gaal. “In my opinion, if possible Sneijder should leave Galatasaray and join Chelsea. Playing under Mourinho again would improve his performances and help him regain his form for the national team.”
Paper Round's view: This very much sounds like a distinct possibility, even aside from Van Gaal’s quotes. Gala and Sneijder never felt like a perfect fit, with the Turkish side appearing an insurance policy that the Dutch maestro reluctantly called on after moves to other European clubs fell through. Mourinho has form with signing former players, so expect it to happen. Why Chelsea are after another number 10 is anyone’s guess, though.
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Martinez relaxed over Baines's contract: Roberto Martinez is relaxed about the fact that Leighton Baines's contract has less than two years to run, according to the Guardian. Baines’s stock has risen further in recent weeks as he put in some excellent performances for England – this after he was the subject of a £15 million bid from United over the summer.
Paper Round's view: Martinez should be worried. Baines's stock continues to rise as his contract runs down - this will serve to weaken Everton’s bargaining position. If bids come in over the summer with Baines about to enter his final year then a club in Everton’s financial situation would, in all likelihood, have to sell.
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West Brom to fend off Berahino interest: The Baggies will look to fend off interest in rising star Saido Berahino by offering him new terms, according to the Daily Telegraph. For a professional footballer, Berahino earns a pittance, but the fact he is on £850-a-week is a decent measure of his meteoric rise this season. He is being touted as an outside bet for a World Cup berth in Brazil with several Premier League clubs said to be interested in him – in fact, Manchester City are set to send scouts to watch him this weekend reports the Sun.
Paper Round's view: Whether he stays or goes could be reliant on whether he does make the breakthrough to the senior England squad as this would not only increase his value but also surely intensify interest in the player. They need to get that contract signed soon.
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Arsenal and Barcelona target could stay in Germany: Marc-Andre ter Stegen could spurn Arsenal and Barcelona to extend his stay with Borussia Monchengladbach, reports Talksport. With both clubs in the market for a new goalkeeper, Ter Stegen seemed a natural choice for both clubs but his agent has poured cold water on the possibility of a move, saying that he may, in fact, sign a new contract.
Paper Round's view: Quotes such as these should be given little credence as if Paper Round knows anything it is that agents are not to be trusted. This could be a ploy to get a pay rise, or to flush out interested parties. Wait for the quotes during the January window – then we’ll see what the real story is.