Paper Round: Man Utd prepare £50m Danny Rose bid, Man City eye cut-price Alexis Sanchez deal
Manchester United are planning a £50 million Danny Rose bid in January, while Manchester City want to sign Alexis Sanchez in a cut-price deal. It's Friday's Paper Round.
United prepare Rose bid
We begin with an exclusive from The Sun, who report that Manchester United are preparing a £50 million bid for Tottenham Hotspur's full-back Danny Rose in January. The left-back has only just returned to training following injury, but Jose Mourinho wants him to bolster United's defence. One potential problem could be Daniel Levy's reluctance to sell to United following the sales of Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov in the past.
Paper Round's view: Following Rose's quotes in the summer, these sort of rumours were a question of when not if. However despite Rose's talent if Spurs can get a lot of money plus Luke Shaw surely that's worth it? Maybe they could forget Shaw and try for Anthony Martial given Ben Davies' form. Oh and that rubbish about the calendar? Do me a favour...
City eye cut-price Sanchez deal
Meanwhile, The Mirror have a story that Manchester City could try and sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in a deal worth just £20 million with Arsene Wenger admitting the forward and team-mate Mesut Ozil could leave. If Arsenal do allow Sanchez to leave then the Mirror report says that City would be his preferred destination.
Paper Round's view: One way or another it does seem like Sanchez is going to end up at City. Now the question remains will it be for £20 million, nothing or another amount?
United aiming to have Pogba back for Swansea
In The Independent it is reported that Manchester United are hopeful that they will get Paul Pogba back early from his hamstring injury with the fixture against Swansea on Tuesday October 24 pencilled in as a possible return date. If he can make that game then crucially he could be available to face Tottenham Hotspur on October 28.
Paper Round's view: This is terrific news for United given the way Pogba started the season. They will have to keep an eye on him however and ensure that this does not become a regular occurrence after similar injuries last season.
Aguero could return against Stoke
We end with The Star, who report that Pep Guardiola will give Sergio Aguero until the last minute to prove that he is fit enough to play against Stoke on Saturday. Aguero has not played since breaking a rib in a car crash in Amsterdam.
Paper Round's view: After beating Chelsea without Aguero getting him back this early would be a big boost for City. However, having beaten Chelsea without him surely they could afford to rest him and ensure he comes back when he is fully fit?