Paper Round: Real plan Antoine Griezmann move, if United swoop for Madrid star Gareth Bale
Real Madrid are not looking too far for their next Galactico, while Celtic hotshot Moussa Dembele has made a decision on his future. It's Tuesday's Paper Round.
Real plan shock move for Griezmann
Paper Round’s view: This would certainly be a turn up for the books. But it seems more than a little far-fetched. You would imagine Griezmann knows better than to cross the Madrid divide, particularly as he would not be the big fish if he made the short journey over. That’s not to say he’s ever shown the ego of some other world-class forwards, but a player of his standard would be better off flourishing at United, or better yet, staying at Atletico – who are a far stronger outfit than the Manchester club anyway.
Dembele makes Celtic decision
Moussa Dembele applauds fans at full timeReuters
Paper Round’s view: It won’t be long before Dembele heads south of the border, if not even further south into mainland Europe, but why not stay another season and fine-tune himself further at Celtic? Another fruitful season would suit all parties, it would make the striker sharper, while it would also slap another £10m on his price-tag.
Sakho the £30m man?
Sakho v KaneGetty Images
Paper Round’s view: £30m is a huge ask. But having sold Christian Benteke to Palace for near what they bought him for, it’s clear Liverpool want a similar fee for Sakho. Palace made a meal of staying up this year – just look at their squad – and Liverpool are streetwise in knowing that the Eagles will probably want to make Sakho a permanent addition. At this price, however, that will be tricky.
Lanzini heading north?
West Ham United's Manuel Lanzini celebrates scoring against TottenhamReuters
Paper Round’s view: It’s tough for clubs like Everton. Just as they want to make the step up, bigger teams come in for their star players, and then they must search further down the food chain. Both Lanzini and Sigurdsson would be quality additions for Everton, but they’ll be back to square one next season, particularly if Lukaku moves on for pastures new. Likewise, it’s just as tough for West Ham – who will be desperate to break through to Everton’s level in the coming years, but must hold onto their best players in the process.
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