Paper Round: Emery plans move for Atletico's Filipe Luis

Paper Round: Emery plans move for Atletico's Filipe Luis
Paper Round: Emery plans move for Atletico's Filipe Luis

Arsenal to make move for Filipe Luis

Unai Emery is interested in more transfers over the course of the winter transfer window in order to improve his side. The latest player he is interested in is Atletico Madrid’s Filipe Luis. Paris Saint-Germain would not meet the Spanish club’s asking price in the summer, but he could be available for a cut-price fee with his contract running out. The 33-year-old is seen as a replacement for Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal.

Filipe LuisGetty Images

Paper Round’s view: Filipe Luis showed at Chelsea that he was a talented full-back, both in defence and going forward. He would be a better option than both Kolasinac and Monreal, who have been adequate if underwhelming. The problem is that Arsenal’s squad is becoming a touch heavy on players over 30, so younger players would be needed too,

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Brexit means Brexit

British clubs are trying to find out just what the meaning of Brexit actually is. Speaking to the government, they want it to be made clear if they can continue to sign players from abroad. They want to be able to continue to sign European players without restrictions, and are worried that with the Brexit deadline closing in, there is no guidance about what to expect. They are also worried about demands being placed upon them to feature more homegrown players.

British Prime Minister Theresa May sits in the Royal box on Centre Court for the men's singles final match on the last day of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 16, 2017.Getty Images

Paper Round’s view: Brexit so far has largely been handled disastrously by the Conservative government. Given their lack of control or plan for the overarching approach to Brexit, it is perhaps no surprise that something as relatively unimportant as football is yet to receive any instruction. Perhaps the best English teams would be better off relocating to Frankfurt and other connected European cities to avoid too much disruption.

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West Ham face huge Pellegrini bill

West Ham United’s owners face a £15m bill if they choose to sack Manuel Pellegrini in the near future. West Ham have lost their first four Premier League games and are bottom of the table despite spending heavily on players in the summer. Pellegrini is on £5m a year, with a further £2m available in bonuses. The club failed to put in any termination clauses into Pellegrini’s contract in case they decided to bring his contract to an early end.

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is waiting for his first winPA Sport

Paper Round’s view: After four games, sacking Pellegrini would be ludicrous. It would be an admission of one or two things. It would say that they made a dreadful mistake with an appointment they should have been thinking about for months, or that their transfer strategy needs an overhaul. The alternative, of course, is both.

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Lopetegui plays down Neymar interest

Real Madrid’s new manager Julen Lopetegui has played down interest in Paris Saint-Germain strikers Neymar Jr and Kylian Mbappe. Real were linked with a move to both players over the summer following the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus. However, Lopetegui has said that he wants to focus on Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, and Lucas Vazquez, who are already at the club.

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar smiles during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Angers at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on August 25, 2018.Getty Images

Paper Round’s view: There is no point agitating for a transfer now. As Real manager, he has little influence over which and when superstars arrive at the club. The purchase of Thibaut Courtois might have been harsh on Keylor Navas, but it is nevertheless an upgrade on the one weak spot of the squad. His job is not to pine for another striker, but make a more consistent league side out of what he has.

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