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ByAlexander Netherton
04/06/2017 at 06:39 | Updated 04/06/2017 at 08:17

Manchester United want Gareth Bale for £100 million and will swap Romelu Lukaku for Wayne Rooney at Everton, while Arsenal want Kylian Mbappe and the Lions disappoint.

Manchester United target £100m Bale

Manchester United could shift their attention away from Antoine Griezmann in favour of Gareth Bale. Bale was a peripheral figure in the 4-1 win for Real Madrid over Juventus in the Champions League final last night, and he has been absent from the side for six weeks with a calf injury. Jose Mourinho wants an attack-minded winger and a more traditional striker than Griezmann.

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Paper Round's view: If United are now unable or unwilling to sign Griezmann, then Bale would be a suitable alternative. He is used to the rigours of the Premier League and Champions League, and contributes goals, assists and pace from the wings, which is one of the things that United have lacked. If Bale and Real Madrid are happy to make the move happen, then United should conclude a transfer as soon as they can.

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Everton consider Rooney-Lukaku swap

Everton are considering a deal to bring Wayne Rooeny to Goodison Park, as a part-exchange for their striker Romelu Lukaku. Lukaku is wanted by Jose Mourinho to play as the figurehead for United's new-look attack in the Premier League next season. Rooney wants to return to his boyhood club, but there are obstacles: Everton are concerned that it would be prohibitively expensive to sign Rooney at 31, and the final decision rests with Ronald Koeman.

Paper Round's view: Lukaku has similar problems with the ball at his feet as Rooney, but his finishing and fitness is far superior. He would be an improvement for United, albeit an expensive one. It is harder to see what Koeman and Everton, a quick and technical side, would get out of having Rooney in their side, unless he completes a remarkable turnaround in his form.

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Arsenal to make world record bid for Mbappe

Arsene Wenger is ready to return to Monaco with an improved £95m bid for their teenage striker Kylian Mbappe. Arsenal have had a £87m bid rejected last week, but they are going to offer a larger sum with a bigger upfront payment. Manchester United and City are both interested - and Real Madrid are the favourites to sign him - but Arsenal are hoping their quick action in the transfer market will give them an advantage.

Paper Round's view: Mbappe will know if Manchester United, City and Real Madrid are intereted. If they are, then it would be difficult to see why Mbappe would be interested in a move to Arsenal. The only thing they may have as an advantge is that they have less competition up front and can offer him more first team action. Real Madrid remain favourites, and the chance to join the new Champions League champions would be the most attractive option for Mbappe.

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Gatland warns against poor Lions performance

The Lions may have won their first match during their tour of New Zealand, but they were clearly disappointing in their 13-7 victory over the New Zealand Barbarians. Gatland has talked of a punishing schedule and problems with jet lag for the side, and he has also said that he will rotate his team as they prepare for the real tests later. However, Gatland has said there is no excuse for the poor performance they put in.

Paper Round's view: Early games are used to remove rustiness, but Gatland has responded correctly to make it clear to his players they cannot underperform again. With jet lag, unfamiliarity within the squad, and the physical demands of a tour on the other side of the world, they simply don't have time for any self-imposed problems.

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