Paper Round: Zaha wants Chelsea move, Blues to fight to keep Courtois

Paper Round: Zaha wants Chelsea move, Blues to fight to keep Courtois
Paper Round: Zaha wants Chelsea move, Blues to fight to keep Courtois

Wilfried Zaha wants to move to Chelsea and the Blues haven't given up on the idea of keeping Thibaut Courtois. It's Friday's Paper Round.

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Zaha wants Chelsea move

We start with a big exclusive from The Mirror that says that Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha wants to move to Chelsea. Zaha wants to leave Palace but wants to stay in London rather than move up north again after a tough spell with Manchester United. Spurs had been linked but they are now targeting Jack Grealish. Palace are reluctant to lose Zaha so the Ivory Coast international may have to lodge a transfer request.

Paper Round's view: This has sort of come out of nowhere. For months it has been reported that if Zaha was going to go anywhere it would be to Spurs. However Zaha could be a perfect fit in Maurizio Sarri's attacking set-up and he would certainly give the likes of Alvaro Morata, Willian and Pedro something to think about...

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Blues to fight for Courtois

Moving to The Star but sticking with the Blues and it is reported that they will tell Thibaut Courtois he will not be sold despite interest from Real Madrid. The report says that Chelsea have been unable to find a top-class replacement for Courtois so are willing to risk him leaving on a free.

Paper Round's view: If Chelsea have been unable to find a replacement for Courtois then it makes perfect sense for them to wait. Real's bid is reported to be around £35 million. A goalkeeper of Courtois' class could be the difference between making the Champions League or not, and that could be worth more than £35 million...

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Alderweireld set on Man Utd move

Moving back to The Mirror and it is reported that Toby Alderweireld is determined to move to Manchester United and even if Spurs price him out of a transfer this year he will wait until next summer. His current deal is due to expire next summer and although Spurs have the option to extend, that will insert a buy-out clause.

Paper Round's view: It's interesting that Alderweireld is so determined to join United and if that really is the case it makes sense for Spurs to sell them. The report says that they want £75 million but even if they don't get that figure they're still going to get a good amount.

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Bournemouth have club-record bid for Lerma rejected

And we end in The Sun with a report that Bournemouth have had a club-record bid of £27 million for Jefferson Lerma rejected by Levante. Lerma has shone in Spain and the Cherries have reportedly been told to pay £30 million.

Paper Round's view: Lerma is a fine young player and Bournemouth shouldn't be afraid of breaking their transfer record, these are heady times in the Premier League...

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