Paper Round: Juventus demand world record fee for Leonardo Bonucci
If Manchester City want Leonardo Bonucci they're going to have to pay a world-record fee for a defender. It's Friday's Paper Round.
Juventus to demand world record fee for Bonucci
If Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wants to bring in Leonardo Bonucci over the summer to improve the defence he'll have to pay a world record fee for a defender of £50million. Juventus' valuation hasn't necessarily put Guardiola off, according to the Telegraph report, as he feels that centre-back is a problem area for the team. Chelsea and Manchester United are both credited with an interest but City are said to be leading the race.
Paper Round's view: Bonucci is one of the best defenders in Europe, his performance against Barcelona shows that. John Stones is an excellent player despite his problems this season but he needs an experienced hand to help him and Bonucci could be just that.
Swansea and West Ham enter race for Terry
Both Paul Clement and Slaven Bilic have expressed interest in signing John Terry when he leaves Chelsea at the end of the season. Both spoke of their admiration for the Chelsea skipper and said they may consider speaking to him at the end of the season.
Paper Round's view: The ball very much would appear to be in Terry's court and the decision will come down to whether or not he wants to stay in England or move abroad. Bournemouth and West Brom have also been credited with an interest and Terry certainly won't be short of options.
Cahill could miss FA Cup semi-final
Speaking of Terry he could be in line for a recall for the FA Cup semi-final with Gary Cahill spending two days in hospital with illness according to an exclusive from the Telegraph. Cahill was taken to hospital after training on Tuesday and was only released on Thursday. The report says the illness is not related to the one that caused Marcos Alonso to miss the game against Manchester United and impacted Diego Costa and Victor Moses. Terry is an option to play at centre-back alongside David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta with Nathan Ake and Kurt Zouma also under consideration.
Paper Round's view: If the performances of Costa and Moses against United show anything it's that Chelsea shouldn't take a risk with a player who isn't well. Terry, Zouma and Ake are all fine replacements and the latter two deserve a chance in the first-team.
Koeman says he's planning for life without Lukaku
Everton boss Ronald Koeman has admitted he's had to prepare for life without Romelu Lukaku if he does leave in the summer. The striker, who is currently the top scorer in the Premier League, has been linked with moves to Chelsea and Manchester United. Koeman says they are planning for all options but it is difficult when the situation is uncertain.
Paper Round's view: Koeman deserves sympathy but he's also wise enough to know that Lukaku is likely to be on the move in the summer. If recent reports are to be believed then he should have a good amount of money to spend on a replacement...