Chelsea ready for £150m
The Mail claims that new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly wants to launch the new era of his team by spending big and early. After meeting Jorge Mendes, he is eyeing a huge offer for Ousmane Dembele, bringing in Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling, and will also be looking to deal with departures in defence. Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt and Sevilla’s Jules Kounde are options.
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Paper Round’s point of view: Bringing in those four players would likely tip the scales well over £150million, but with player sales the net amount could still be significantly lower. Boehly is right to want to get off to a good start, as Manchester United have demonstrated what happens when a club consistently falls into the top four and no longer attracts top talent.
United tell Ronaldo he’s staying
Manchester United have reportedly reacted angrily to recent stories linking Cristiano Ronaldo with an Old Trafford departure this summer. The Mirror claims that after Ronaldo was offered to Chelsea and Bayern Munich amid growing frustration with the club’s transfer inertia, the 37-year-old Portuguese striker was told he would stay at the club during the last year of his contract.
Paper Round’s point of view: Ronaldo is United’s best player in terms of talent and numbers, and there must be a concern at the club that if he leaves they simply don’t have the administrative skill to find him a replacement alongside all the other offers they need to make. Although Erik ten Hag may not consider him the ideal striker, he is the best he can receive.
Liverpool confident over Bellingham
Liverpool remain hopeful of signing Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham next summer. The Sun say that as their main rivals for the 18-year-old England international are Manchester City, who have now signed Kalvin Phillips, there may be less competition next year. City meanwhile believe Bellingham’s friendship with Erling Haaland could be to their advantage.
Paper Round’s point of view: Given that City will always be able to pay players more money than Liverpool, this will give them a huge advantage in most cases. However, Jurgen Klopp is able to offer slightly less competition for places, particularly given his aging midfield, and that could give Bellingham more optimism about developing his abilities under another brilliant manager.
Di Maria awaits Barca
Spanish outlet Marca report that Argentina left midfielder Angel Di Maria is ready to wait for the opportunity to sign for Barcelona. The 34-year-old is of interest to Xavi Hernandez but he will have to wait for any offers – the first choice for the Spanish club is to re-sign Ousmane Dembele, and the back-up option is to bring in Leeds United winger Raphinha.
Paper Round’s point of view: Given that Raphinha’s valuation is reportedly over £50m and Barcelona are still in tough financial ground, it seems unlikely the Brazilian winger will arrive unless he manages to raise some cash through the sale. of players. Di Maria was still in decent contact in his final year at Paris Saint-Germain, and could be the next best target after Dembele.
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