Inter want Lukaku back
Spanish newspaper Marca report that Inter Milan will attempt to re-sign Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku after the London club fell into a potential crisis following a ban on their sale. There are a couple of issues, namely that Chelsea are unlikely to be willing to take a hit on their 115m spending so a loan may be attempted instead, and the Belgian will have to cut his salary by 12.5 million euros per season at 7.5m + accessories.
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Paper Round’s point of view: Lukaku has already annoyed his current club and fans with a provocative interview earlier in the season, and his form is pretty unimpressive as well. With the club perhaps looking for cash somewhere while cut off from Roman Abramovich, they could want a quick sale to Inter, or at least a loan to reduce their wage bill.
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Chelsea argue for transfer
The Telegraph reports that Chelsea are pleading with the government to be released from some of the current restrictions placed on them following the freezing of Roman Abramovich’s assets. As a result of the freeze, Chelsea cannot sign any players, nor extend player contracts, which is difficult as Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen are all out of contract.
Paper Round’s point of view: Although Chelsea have thousands of fans who will be affected by their club’s problems, we must remember that they wholeheartedly signed Abramovich’s name during the war in Ukraine and over the past two decades when all the information you needed about the owner was easily read on the internet. Maybe some suffering is deserved.
Elimination of the PSG plan
Kylian Mbappe is set to join Real Madrid on a free transfer and Angel Di Maria is set to leave when his contract ends, report The Mirror. However, Paris Saint-Germain are keen to renew their squad after their Champions League defeat and the Mail suggest that all of Leandro Paredes, Idrissa Gueye, Thilo Kehrer, Layvin Kurzawa, Julian Draxler and Ander Herrera are at risk.
Paper Round’s point of view: PSG have amassed a number of players who are sometimes excellent but not quite of the quality required to challenge for the Champions League. If they’re willing to sell so many of these players, then maybe Leonardo shouldn’t be in charge of the checkbook as the team always seem to lack quality and heart.
United want a quick manager announcement
The Sun claim Manchester United are aiming to announce their next manager in April, despite Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino and Ajax’s Erik ten Hag – the favorites – both still employed. Other options include Thomas Tuchel who could be disrupted at Chelsea, while Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane could both be options next season.
Paper Round’s point of view: United are still the same, rushing from one candidate to another, and if this list of options is correct, then there has been no progress. The five candidates have no common threads, and there’s no suggestion he’ll be linked with reasonable transfer spending in the next season or two. Ralf Rangnick is not considered, but he may not want to stay at this rate.
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