United reticent to move for Niguez
Manchester United and Chelsea are both struggling to find room for Saul Niguez, according to the Daily Mail. The 26-year-old Spanish international has been linked with a loan-to-permanent move away from Atletico Madrid but with the midfielder on £300,000-a-week wages, both Premier League sides need to offload players before Niguez could be afforded.
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Paper Round’s view: While Spanish sides are almost all desperate to sell in order to raise funds and mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Premier League sides need to get players off their books while the rest of Europe can’t afford huge wages either. If United need to move players on then they will struggle to do so because they offered such huge wages to average players.
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West Ham consider Bamba move
The Sun reports that West Ham are considering other options if they cannot land Jesse Lingard from Manchester United before the transfer window shuts. While West Ham would prefer to land Lingard, they are interested in 25-year-old Lille winger Jonathan Bamba, with the Ligue 1 side ready to consider offers of around €25 million in order to let the player go this summer.
Paper Round’s view: Lingard has been a decent player for West Ham over the last few months but the fact remains he is a player who can only rarely perform consistently. For Manchester United he has shown so little over the last few years that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is obviously happy to get rid, and realistically West Ham should be aiming for any other player.
West Ham confident of Zouma move
The Telegraph believes that Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma is close to a move to fellow London Premier League side West Ham. The 26-year-old spent last season at Stamford Bridge, but has spent loan spells at Everton, Stoke City and Saint Etienne beforehand. However it appears that a move to West Ham would allow Chelsea to secure a deal for Sevilla’s Jules Kounde.
Paper Round’s view: Kounde is a promising player who could soon become a first-team player for the French national squad. If he fulfills his potential then Chelsea will have a player to hold down a place for the next decade. Zouma meanwhile is not a bad player but he has held back by injury, so swapping to West Ham might give him the chance to get a decent run of games.
Real Madrid make offer for Mbappe
Spanish newspaper Marca claim that Real Madrid have made an offer for Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe. The 22-year-old French international striker is subject of a 160 million euro bid by Florentino Perez, and the player wants to leave after refusing a contract offer from the French club, and he wishes to play for Real Madrid next.
Paper Round’s view: Mbappe has reportedly been upset by the arrival of Lionel Messi from Barcelona, and has always been keen on a switch to Real Madrid. Now a bid should force the hands of PSG who can’t really afford to let Mbappe go for nothing when such a huge bid is now on the table. It will be a shame if we never get to see Mbappe-Neymar-Messi up front.
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Source: Euro Sports