United close to Rabiot
John Murtough has traveled to Turin on behalf of Manchester United to discuss Adrien Rabiot’s personal terms regarding his proposed move to Old Trafford. The Mirror reports that a deal has yet to be finalized but Murtough and Rabiot’s agent/mother expects a deal to be agreed next week, for a transfer which would cost the club around £20 million pounds.
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Paper Round’s point of view: There’s a legitimate reason to fear Rabiot is the wrong player for United, but he can’t be worse than Fred or Scott McTominay. It would even be surprising if he offered less than Paul Pogba. But more generally, meeting a club’s valuation for a player and then agreeing personal terms – why are United struggling to do that for most other targets?
Traoré could move London
Adama Traore is being watched by both Chelsea and Tottenham with an eye on a move before the transfer window ends. The 26-year-old winger could cost around £15m, reports The Sun. Chelsea want a back-up for defender Reece James, while the Tottenham manager is looking for another player who can play at right-back.
Paper Round’s point of view: At 26, that’s probably as good as Traore will get, but he’s shown he can cope in the Premier League, and now has experience of the pressure at one of the biggest clubs in the world since his loan spell. in Barcelona. Considering he only has one year left on his contract, he is a bargain for either club looking to add depth to their squad of players.
Forest could spend upwards of £100million
Nottingham Forest could push their spending past £100m, according to the Daily Mail. They lined up for free against Cheikhou Kouyate, 32, who left West Ham, and also agreed a £7.6m deal for Atalanta’s 30-year-old Swiss midfielder Remo Freuler. They are closing in on a third signing, 24-year-old Nigerian striker from Watford, Emmanuel Dennis, at a cost of £20m.
Paper Round’s point of view: Forest spent over a decade out of the top flight and their squad of players were simply not up to the task of staying in the Premier League without serious reinforcements. They will be signings number 13, 14 and 15 should they go through, which would be an absolutely brutal overhaul of the squad in a bid to earn another year at the top.
PSG make a threat of release
Things are getting serious for the players still at Paris Saint-Germain. The club have brought in several new faces but now want to get rid of the old guard. Ander Herrera, Layvin Kurzawa, Julian Draxler, Rafinha, Thilo Kehrer, Idrissa Gueye and Mauro Icardi have been told they will play for the club’s fifth division reserve if they cannot find new clubs, claim Spanish newspaper Marca.
Paper Round’s point of view: Luis Campos and Christophe Galtier seem to be working well together to build a team at the Parc des Princes that could be more cohesive than in previous seasons. But they’re paying for the largesse of signing players in their late twenties who don’t have much more to give to fulfill their potential. They will have to start paying some players to leave.
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