Torres to be swapped for Destro: Chelsea and Roma are in talks over a swap deal that would see Fernando Torres move to the Serie A club and Mattia Destro arrive at Stamford Bridge. The Times claims an exclusive and reports that the Blues would sign the £20m-rated Italy striker with Torres heading in the opposite direction on a season-long loan. Roma officials have been in London to thrash out a deal with Chelsea keen on recruiting a player who would provide competition for Diego Costa and Didier Drogba up front.
Paper Round's view: Torres has been given more than enough time at Chelsea to prove himself and justify that £50m price tag, but he has not succeeded in doing so. Clearly, it's time for pastures new, both for Chelsea, who need to cut their losses, and for the player himself, who needs to reignite his career. Roma seems to be as good a place as any to do that. And if Chelsea can bring in an exciting young prospect such as Destro in a deal to offload Torres, all the better.
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Podolski offered to Turkish giants: Arsenal have told Galatasaray they can have Lukas Podoski, but Joel Campbell is not for sale, according to The Sun. The Turkish club wanted to do a £22m double deal before the end of the month, but Arsenal are only willing to sell one of the pair. Podolski would cost £14m, the paper claims, while Campbell is rated at £8m.
Paper Round's view: Amazingly, despite having struggled to make a significant impact at the Emirates, Arsenal stand to make a profit on Podolski if he moves for £14m - they paid just £11m two years ago when he joined from Cologne. And considering he currently rakes in £100,000-a-week, a deal to take him elsewhere makes good financial sense for the Gunners.
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Jones to be offered bumper deal to stay put: Manchester United are set to offer Phil Jones a new £19.5m contract to stay at Old Trafford, The Sun reports. The 22-year-old defender has two years left on his £50,000-a-week contract and United are willing to up that to £75,000-a- week over five years. The paper claims discussions will take place over the coming weeks, but no problems are foreseen.
Paper Round's view: Some would say Jones is typical of United's recent problems in the transfer market - one of a number of players brought in during the final throes of the Alex Ferguson era, who have largely failed to progress and make good on any potential they had at the time of their purchase. Chris Smalling is another. Javier Hernandez another. Quite how he deserves such a huge pay increase is astounding, but perhaps symptomatic of the club's failure to bring in numbers this transfer window - despite their signing of Marcos Rojo, United simply cannot afford to lose any more defenders after the summer exits of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra.
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Eto'o waits for bid from Merseyside: Samuel Eto'o has passed up the chance to join Ajax as he waits for either Liverpool or Everton to make a move for him. The Daily Mail reports that there was an agreement in place with the Dutch club for the Cameroon international but the deadline passed at 6pm on Wednesday night. Eto'o, released by Chelsea at the end of last season, prefers to stay in the Premier League.
Paper Round's view: Eto'o must be confident of securing a deal in England, and certainly the Merseyside clubs are still looking for another striker to bolster their ranks before the transfer window closes. Any move to Liverpool may, however, depend of the Reds' efforts to sign Radamel Falcao from Monaco. That in turn may depend on the Colombian's preferred move to Real Madrid, so nothing is set in stone by any stretch of the imagination.
Samuel Eto´o könnte in London bleiben - und zu West Ham United wechseln.
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Rooney to be named England skipper: The Daily Express claims in an exclusive that Wayne Rooney will be unveiled as England's next captain on Thursday next week. The Manchester United striker will be tasked with re-building the public's belief in the national side after the "calamity" of the World Cup in Brazil. The paper states: "Although there is no official PR strategy to use the handing of the armband to Rooney as a tool to help restore the feelgood factor, it is believed it will signal the start of the attempt to restore the nation's battered interest in the international game."
Paper Round's view: Having kicked off his captaincy of United with defeat to Swansea last weekend amid mixed reviews of the decision to hand him his club's armband, it might appear strange for the FA to follow suit at international level. But the question remains, who else is there? With Steven Gerrard retired, Frank Lampard unlikely to be around on the international scene much longer and Joe Hart not even assured of a place at club level, there are few other candidates of the requisite experience and quality for England. It's Rooney's job by default, although whether his appointment will spark much-needed interest in the national side remains to be seen. Only results will guarantee that.
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