Real eye Suarez swoop in New Year: The Daily Star offers up an exclusive today, in which they claim Real Madrid are plotting a January move for Luis Suarez by offering Liverpool £20m plus Karim Benzema. The report states that Suarez still wants out of Anfield and the Uruguayan's heart is set on a move to the Bernabeu. Madrid value Benzema at £20 million, making the overall package worth around £40m, the paper claims. The Spanish giants could not afford a cash-only bid, given their expenditure over the summer on Gareth Bale, so any deal would depend on Benzema's willingness to play ball.
Paper Round's view: It's difficult to take this story too seriously considering editors of the very same publication decided it was a good idea to give the green light for a front page splash on Princess Diana speaking from the grave to warn Kate Middleton about her weight. That said, it would come as no surprise if Suarez did still want to leave Anfield, despite his and Liverpool's good early season form. Still, this would represent a ludicrous offer from Real and an increasingly desperate one it would seem. And, of course, Arsenal are still in the offing.
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Coleman enters Palace frame: Chris Coleman has appeared on Crystal Palace's radar as the club seek to replace departed manager Ian Holloway, The Independent reports. The odds on the former Palace player being installed as boss at Selhurst Park shortened dramatically on Tuesday with some betting firms making him joint favourite with Tony Pulis. The paper adds that Alan Pardew could also be an option because of rumours suggesting his position at Newcastle will come under review in the next few days.
Paper Round's view: It is thought that Pulis has gone cold on the idea of taking over a club that are bottom of the Premier League and already appear doomed, and who would blame him? So what makes Wales manager Coleman any different? If anything, there is even less incentive for him to take over at Palace, given that, unlike Pulis, he already has a job.
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Mourinho wants Alonso at Chelsea: Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso is wanted by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, according to the Daily Mirror. The paper believes the Spain midfielder will be offered a three-year contract to reunite with former Madrid boss Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.
Paper Round's view: The rationale behind this move - Alonso's current deal at the Bernabeu expires at the end of the season, he can sign a pre-contract in January for a free transfer, he and Mourinho have a good relationship - appears sound. But Madrid would surely be loath to let him go, even at the age of 31. And would Alonso want to share a dressing room with Frank Lampard, the player he appears to hold a grudge against after a clash between the pair in 2005 resulted in a broken ankle for the Spaniard?
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Toure offered anti-racism role by FIFA: As UEFA prepare to announce their findings into Yaya Toure's complaint of racist abuse in Moscow last week, the Manchester City midfielder has been offered an official role in FIFA's anti-racism activities. The Daily Telegraph reports that Toure and FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb chatted after City's loss to Chelsea at the weekend about the possibility of the Ivorian getting actively involved in the work being undertaken by Webb’s anti-racism task force.
Paper Round's view: Apparently Toure could become the face of an educational programme, which is a worthy road to go down. But huge responsibility still lies with UEFA today when they reveal their take on what went on in Moscow last week and any sanctions that may result from that. Fingers crossed they do not shy away from making a bold statement.
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- Sports & Recreation
- Real Madrid
- Luis Suarez
- Karim Benzema
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