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Paper Round: Chelsea ready Antonio Conte deal to fend off Inter, Manchester Utd eye £40m Spurs star

Paper Round: Chelsea ready Conte deal to fend off Inter, United eye £40m Spurs star

10/05/2017 at 08:54

Following Inter's sacking of Stefano Pioli, Chelsea's battle to hold on to Antonio Conte has become that much more a reality. All that and more in Wednesday's Paper Round.

New Conte deal to fend off Inter

Could Conte or Simeone be heading for Inter?

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Paper Round: It was bizarre timing for Inter to announce they had sacked Pioli, coming at around 10pm GMT on Tuesday night. Perhaps not so bizarre when you consider the other manager who has been touted for the role as well as Conte – and that’s Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone. The Argentine has long been linked with a move to Inter, and given that Atletico are likely to crash out (once more) to Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday night – it could leave Simeone wondering if he has taken the club as far as he can and that it is time for a new challenge. A notion which has been mooted for a while. With regards to Conte, one season in-and-out of Chelsea? The club has become synonymous with brief managerial spells, but not in these circumstances - the Blues will keep their man, no matter how much it costs.

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United ready £40m bid for Spurs star

Paper Round’s view: Take the inflated transfer market, double it for an England international, and then you probably have yourself a £40m bargain in Dier. In all seriousness, with the money that has banded around for players in the past – anomalies aside (ahem, Andy Carroll) – this would be a sound investment, particularly with Dier’s versatility. However, with Spurs you get the sense that there’s one more year left with the band altogether, and the move into the new White Hart Lane the season after means Daniel Levy will not be willing to part with his most-prised possessions just yet. Good luck United, it’ll take some doing – but hey, money talks.

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Oxlade-Chamberlain welcomes Liverpool move

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainReuters

Paper Round’s view: It’s difficult to see Oxlade-Chamberlain working his way back into the Arsenal starting XI on a consistent basis, but the prospect of featuring regularly for Liverpool does not seem realistic either. It’s evident the midfielder needs to reignite his career, but a move to Liverpool could only lead to further disappointment. Let me know who he’d easily replace in that Liverpool XI, and I'd be happy to debate.

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Keane not keen on Reds

Burnley's Michael Keane celebrates

Burnley's Michael Keane celebratesReuters

Paper Round’s view: Liverpool landing both Van Dijk and Keane and solving their defensive problems in one summer? C’mon now, get real. It was noted in yesterday’s Paper Round that a lot hinges on whether Liverpool reach the Champions League, and the same could be said for United if they are to land their desired targets this summer – Keane included. A pivotal couple of weeks lie ahead…

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