Paper Round: Real Madrid target Andre Villas-Boas, Liverpool to step up Xherdan Shaqiri pursuit
Real Madrid have turned their attentions to former Tottenham and Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas. That and more in Tuesday’s Paper Round.
AVB the Real deal?
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Paper Round’s view: The former Chelsea and Tottenham boss does not carry the same reputation in England as he does in the continent, though it would be difficult for Real to ignore his Premier League struggles. But while that sits on the cons side of the list, such pros include his time at Porto, Zenit and his managerial experience with Gareth Bale at Spurs, where the Welshman flourished under his guidance at White Hart Lane.
Liverpool step up Shaqiri pursuit
Paper Round’s view: Reports of Liverpool’s interest in Shaqiri has done little to excite their supporters, but he would undoubtedly be a solid squad purchase. Liverpool’s bench looked light last season, with little more than Dominic Solanke to turn to when searching for further attacking options. Adam Lallana and Danny Ings came back into the fray later in the campaign, but there’s no denying Shaqiri would sit nicely in their 18-man matchday squad, and prove a more than capable replacement when Klopp looks to rotate.
Rooney out, Maddison in
Paper Round’s view: As Silva looks to make his stamp on the squad, it’s no surprise to see him push Rooney out the door. The former England captain looked on the verge of leaving anyway, so it’s an easy win for the new manager to get him out and focus on the future.
Paper Round’s view: The situation in Lisbon is unlikely to improve while Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho is still at the club. It’s a crisis which will rumble on throughout the summer, too, and will hardly be helped by the fact the World Cup is around the corner.