Tottenham to splash Bale cash on Hulk and Lamela: Tottenham have been working hard all summer to reinvest the huge sum coming their way from the impending sale of Gareth Bale, and The Mirror is reporting what could be their best signing yet: Andre Villas-Boas has apparently set his sights on Zenit St Petersburg's Brazilian sensation Hulk. The sale of Bale, who is due to in the coming days will also fund another mega deal as the paper suggests that Tottenham have agreed a £26m fee with Roma for wonderkid Erik Lamela. The 21-year-old Argentine missed his side’s recent victory over Livorno, with reports indicating that his absence was because he was on a plane to London.
Paper round’s view: With Bale almost certain to complete his astonishing move to the Spanish capital, Villas-Boas will need to add reinforcements in order to compensate for the huge loss of the Welshman. Hulk would be a good signing to make up for the loss of Bale - though the striker is not a like-for-like replacement - but the big question is whether a deal can be agreed upon. Lamela is an exciting young talent and, if reports are true that he is on his way over to London to complete the deal, he should light up the Premier League.
Tottenham give green light on Bale’s Madrid move: According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham have finally agreed a world record £86m deal with Real Madrid, freeing the player to sign for the Spanish giants. The 24-year-old, who will surpass Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s most expensive player, will reportedly sign a six-year deal worth £310,000 per week
Paper round’s view: Not too surprising, this one. It looks like the summer’s longest transfer saga is finally coming to an end. And about time, too.
Mourinho still considering using Mata as Rooney bait: Massimo Marioni writes in the Metro this morning that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is refusing to rule out swapping Juan Mata for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney. It was reported that the Spaniard was to be used as a makeweight during Chelsea’s initial bid for Rooney, but Mourinho was quick to rubbish the suggestion. However, with the Blues manager stating that another bid for the striker would be tabled following Chelsea’s league fixture against Manchester United, Mata’s name is once again being mentioned as a possible bargaining chip.
Paper round’s view: Following Chelsea’s £32m capture of Brazilian playmaker Willian – who plays in the same position as Mata - it is difficult to see the Spaniard featuring heavily in Mourinho’s side this season. If United do opt to let Rooney leave then they could well be interested in taking Mata, who was one of Chelsea’s standout players last term, as part of the deal. For all that, though, we can't quite work out what Mourinho has against Mata.
Out-of-favour Moses wanted at Liverpool: The Daily Mail’s Neil Ashton is reporting that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to acquire the services of Chelsea winger Victor Moses on a season-long loan. Moses is deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge for the upcoming season with Liverpool apparently being told they can loan the player, for the right fee.
Paper round’s view: Moses, though relatively inconsistent, can excite and would be a good addition to a promising, youthful Liverpool side. The only sticking point could be whether Rodgers wants to cough up a reported £2m loan fee for the youngster as well as pay his £55,000 per week wages.