Kroos 'confirms Real Madrid move': Widespread reports claim that Toni Kroos apparently confirmed he is moving to Real Madrid this summer - words which he supposedly let slip while talking to a reporter in the mixed zone, where players and journalists chat following any match. The move has been widely rumoured for a few weeks, but Kroos has batted away any questions while he competed in his nation's successful World Cup campaign. However, as soon as the final ended Kroos apparently confirmed to one or two people in the Maracana that the deal was done. "We’ve finished the World Cup in the best way possible," he is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail. "Now I’m going to Madrid, so that’s two dreams achieved."
Paper Round's view: Are the tabloids jumping the gun based on rumours flying round Twitter? The lack of hard confirmation suggests that it's possible, but equally it is plausible that Kroos did indeed give an off-the-record briefing that was overheard by the wrong ears. Either way, we'd all be surprised if the move doesn't happen soon, especially as the man himself said he would not be discussing transfer at all until the World Cup was over. It does, however, have all the hallmarks of a saga that will run throughout the transfer window. Our advice is to enjoy your summer and focus on more fulfilling hobbies - then, when the deal has been confirmed by the clubs, you'll find the official news story with us at Eurosport soon enough...
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Arsenal close in on £3m Ospina: Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina could be an Arsenal player as soon as next week, for a fee as reasonable as £3 million. That’s the story according to the Mirror, who also report that Mathieu Debuchy should join from Newcastle for £12 million in the next few days.
Paper Round’s view: After bringing a player the quality of Alexis Sanchez in very early in the transfer window, Arsenal fans should be very encouraged by two defensive acquisitions following suit before July ends. Ospina did not get the headlines of a Guillermo Ochoa or Tim Howard at the World Cup, but nonetheless was impressive for one of the better teams at the event and given his experience both internationally and in Ligue 1 with Nice – a division Arsene Wenger knows extremely well – the move looks extremely promising for the Londoners.
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Schweinsteiger’s the new ‘Chosen One’: Germany as a nation made a habit of confidently predicting victory before pretty much every World Cup fixture on their way to lifting a fourth title in Brazil. Bastian Schweinsteiger’s custom-made boots, featuring the phrase ‘The Chosen One’, took it a step further in the final against Argentina, which they won 1-0.
Paper Round’s view: Careful, Bastian – that phrase did David Moyes no good in the long run at Manchester United! It certainly fit in with the theme of the evening for a confident German side – just ask ‘winking’ Thomas Mueller.
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Barcelona move looms for Spurs star: The Evening Standard print quotes from Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen’s agent which suggest he could leave Tottenham to join Luis Suarez at Barcelona. The centre-back/left-back entered several strong showings as Belgium reached the World Cup quarter-finals.
Paper Round’s view: Barca are set to have one hell of a front three with Suarez joining Lionel Messi and Neymar, but the club have long sought defensive reinforcements and appear to be interested in a number of big-name defenders. Vertonghen would certainly strengthen their back line, though you have to wonder if a) they could instead sign even stronger recruits or b) someone else will come in for Vertonghen instead.
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