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Paper Round: United prepare double Palace transfer

Paper Round: United prepare double Palace transfer

16/05/2019 at 06:29Updated 16/05/2019 at 06:51

Crystal Palace could lose Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Patrick van Aanholt and Wilfried Zaha, and Chelsea could let both Maurizio Sarri and Gonzalo Higuain.

United eye double Palace swoop

The Sun leads with the story that Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants not one, but two, players from Crystal Palace. The first, unsurprisingly, is right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, with the 21-year-old defender the long term replacement for Antonio Valencia. However, the other name in the frame for a move is Patrick van Aanholt, with the 28-year-old wanted to give competition to Luke Shaw.

Patrick van Aanholt

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Paper Round's view: Some of Luke Shaw's performance this season have been a risible disgrace, and he has plainly taken his eye off the ball with his career after feeling comfortable again. He seems to resent the hard life, but unless he is given every reason to commit to full fitness and form, his performances quickly suffer. Meanwhile Diogo Dalot is a versatile defender but cannot be relied upon to make the position his own yet.

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Zaha tells Palace he wants to quit

Wan-Bissaka and Van Aanholt are not the only players who could be on their way out of Selhurst Park. The Mirror carries a story that claims that Wilfried Zaha has told Palace chairman Steve Parish that he wants to leave the club. The 26-year-old Ivory Coast international wants to play Champions League football, and Borussia Dortmund are known to be interested. Zaha would cost around £80 million.

Wilfried Zaha

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Paper Round's view: Zaha's dominance of the current Palace squad suggests that he has outgrown his surroundings after a couple of seasons of excellent form. After failing at Manchester United - in difficult circumstances, admittedly - he looks ready to step up and make the most of his potential. He could be a replacement at Chelsea for Eden Hazard perhaps, or replace Julian Draxler at Paris Saint-Germain.

Chelsea yet to decide Sarri future

Chelsea are not yet sure of their course of action when it comes to their manager Maurizio Sarri. Sarri has not convinced the Chelsea fans with his style of football, but he has nevertheless delivered Champions League football for next season. Progress in the Europa League means that a victory in Baku over local rivals Arsenal might convince the board to give him at least one more season, though Roma want him to take over for their next campaign.

Maurizio Sarri

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Paper Round's view: Chelsea fans are rarely easily pleased, and it seems somewhat farcical for them to turn on a manager who is only one seasn into building the side he wants at Stamford Bridge. Sarri wants to stay, he says, but he might get more out of life if he decides to go back to Italy where he is respected for his achievements. As for Chelsea, swapping managers every five minutes is just what they do, and it's unlikely to change.

HIguain to leave Chelsea

Chelsea are preparing to let Gonzalo Higuain at the end of the season. Higuain is on loan from Juventus, and Chelsea have an option of around £15 million to extend the loan for another season, and about £31 million to make the transfer permanent, but the 31-year-old striker has failed to impress. Chelsea are expected to sign Mateo Kovacic on a permanent deal, and extend Olivier Giroud's deal for another season, report the Daily Mail.

Chelsea's Gonzalo Higuain in action

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Paper Round's view: Higuain's career has fallen away after an unwanted move to AC Milan, and he never seemed suited to Premier League football. So it proved. Kovacic has done enough to be kept given his young age, and it is merely practical to keep Giroud given his reliability, and with the transfer ban on the horizon they can ill afford to lose players who are currently registered.