Arsenal jump at chance to speak with newly-available Ancelotti – Paper Round
Arsenal are looking to move quick after Napoli sacked Carlo Ancelotti. That and more in Wednesday’s Paper Round.
Arsenal in for Ancelotti?
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Paper Round’s view: He fits the bill, but would he want to take on ‘The Arsenal Project’? Although you could argue it is a good time to take over given Arsenal are at their lowest point in decades (the only way is up etc), you have to wonder whether Ancelotti fancies the task of trying to revitalise the club. Money talks, however, so it’s time to see how deep those pockets are at the Emirates.
Pogba free to leave?
Paper Round’s view: A bit like Gareth Bale and Real Madrid, Pogba will forever be linked with a move away so long as he stays at United. It’s a match not made to last, it would seem, but like Bale who knows how long it will stretch on for. The summer, once again, seems like a likely time for Pogba and United to part ways, but it is anyone’s guess really.
Liverpool for Neymar?
Paper Round's view: Hmm, stick that one in the not going to happen pile. Neymar didn't leave in the summer because Real and Barca failed to agree terms with PSG - it is difficult to see Liverpool matching the other clubs financially, particularly for a volatile, albeit talented, individual who would only disrupt the good thing they've got going on up front.
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Paper Round’s view: One below-par game will not detract United, particularly given Haaland’s record already this season. The 19-year-old has been sublime, but there will always be worries about how a forward playing in the Austrian first division would adapt to a tougher lead. The demands of being United’s No 9 would be great, too, a lot of weight on anyone’s shoulders.