De Jong says goodbye to Barcelona
The Sun reports that Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong has said goodbye to the club’s fans who had offered their support during his time in Spain. He presented them with shirts and boots as a signal that his spell with the club is coming to an end, and Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is hoping to persuade the player to join him at Old Trafford.
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Paper Round’s point of view: De Jong has a lot of talent and the club want £65million for him which means United probably can’t afford him or offer him Champions League football. It would be overkill to sign him so they can resort to their old strategy of overpaying for players who are then unable to deliver.
Neves ready to move on
Manchester United and Arsenal target Ruben Neves looks set to leave Wolves after the end of the season. The 25-year-old midfielder has been regularly linked with leaving the club and said: “Of course we all have dreams and we have to live those dreams in a short period of time. Let’s see what happens. I don’t can’t say too much about it.
Paper Round’s point of view: Neves is a good deep midfielder and United could find him a better and more affordable alternative to De Jong, especially as he has already adapted brilliantly to life in the Premier League and England. If he’s cheaper than De Jong, he might not have the Dutchman’s talent, but he’s more practical.
Could Barca sign Mbappe?
Spanish newspaper Marca speculate that Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe may have cut ties with Real Madrid forever, meaning rivals Barcelona could step in when his contract expires in 2025. main obstacle would be that PSG could offer even more money. again, and that Barca are still in financial difficulties.
Paper Round’s point of view: In a few years, Barcelona could possibly have their accounts straightened out and if they win trophies regularly, they could probably afford a free transfer for Mbappe even if he demanded astronomical wages. However, with PSG now in charge, they could conceivably be the best team in Europe within a year or two, and Mbappe would have no reason to leave.
The real want Tchouameni
The Mail suggest that Real Madrid could be preparing a move for Aurélien Tchouameni. The 22-year-old France international calls on them after failing to land number one target Kylian Mbappe – but they face fierce competition from across Europe, including teams such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Juventus and PSG.
Paper Round’s point of view: Real Madrid must be in disarray after losing a goal which was central to their plans, and which also cost them the chance to compete with Manchester City for Erling Haaland. While Tchouameni is a good central midfielder and that would help Real, they may not be an adequate replacement for Karim Benzema as he is likely entering his last year with the team.
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