Lukaku 'too expensive' for Serie A

Romelu Lukaku's agent Mino Raiola claims no Italian club could afford the Everton striker, according to ESPNFC. The report says that Raiola has told media in Belgium that the player is "too expensive for Serie A" and claims that only world's best could afford his 23-year-old client including top English clubs, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich. There is an exception to this however, if AC Milan's scheduled takeover by Chinese investors goes ahead and would leave a move open to the former Italian giants.
Paper Round's view: Raiola, perhaps quite harshly, is portraying a sign of the times. To say that even Juventus couldn't fork out the funds for his Belgian star client, is a slap in the face to a league that's fallen so far down the pecking order. The takeover isn't just interesting for this transfer, as investors pumping hundreds of millions into the club may give Milan the power to hijack a whole range of planned transfers in this window.
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West Ham, Southampton, Everton watching Juventus striker Simone Zaza

A range of Premier League clubs are watching Juventus forward and Italy international forward Simone Zaza, according to the Daily Mail. The report says that Bundesliga club Wolfsburg have placed a £20 million bid to lure Zaza, as Everton, Southampton and West Ham are all monitoring the progress of the deal. Juventus have rebuffed a range of offers for Zaza, but are considering selling him for £25m as the Italy international wants more domestic playing time. Juventus will make a decision on his future after the Euros, leaving the range of Premier League clubs queuing for his signature time to make bids.

Juventus' Simone Zaza

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Paper Round's view: Despite a poor goal tally, Zaza is an ever improving prospect who is finally maturing. His frame would be perfect for the rigours of English football, standing at 6'1, and he likes to play aggressively and physically. The £25m fee is steep, but Juventus will probably cave and move the player on for a cheaper figure.
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Everton keen on former Man United star Nani

Everton have enquired about the future of former United ace Nani, according to the Daily Mail. Nani is currently playing at Fenerbahce, and is also the subject of interest from Valencia and Inter Milan, as the player has a £6.5m release clause in his contract. Nani has scored twice at the Euros for Portugal and eight times for Fenerbahce this season, showing a run of form that has a range of suitors interested in his services.

Portugal's Nani in action with Hungary's Richard Guzmics

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Paper Round's view: Nani would bring some good experience to an Everton side that has lacked a cool head in many of their games last season. With him on one wing and Gerard Deulofeu on the other, it would cause serious headaches for defenders and bolster Everton's Champions League chances going forward.
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Leicester move for Brazilian Eduardo Sasha

Leicester have made a £7m bid for Internacional striker Eduardo Sasha, according to the Mirror. The report says that while Internacional have turned down the bid, they're open to selling the 24-year-old striker for a fee of around £9m . Leicester are weighing up future attacking options, as they await to see the outcome of Arsenal's £20m Jamie Vardy bid.

Eduardo Sasha (L)

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Paper Round's view: The consensus in Brazil appears that Sasha has the tool kit, but hasn't put it together at senior level yet. He's rated very highly due to his pace and could be perhaps utilised like Vardy, playing off the last defender's shoulder for quick counter-attacks. Perhaps there are more established options on the table, but Leicester would back their scouts after their magnificent work in the last two years.
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