Paper Round: Zidane draws up transfer targets for Man Utd job

Paper Round: Zidane draws up transfer targets for Man Utd job
Paper Round: Zidane draws up transfer targets for Man Utd job

Zidane draws up shortlist for United job

Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is preparing for life at Manchester United. Zidane has told friends he expects to be given a call by Ed Woodward if the situation with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford deteriorates further. To that end, he has put together a shortlist of transfer targets if he takes over - including Edinson Cavani, Thiago Alcantara, James Rodriguez and Tony Kroos.

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Paper Round’s view: Cavani, Thiago, Rodriguez and Kroos are all excellent senior players, and would put Woodward on the spot. For Mourinho he claimed that he should be signing younger players, but all of these are the age that put off Woodward. Were he to sign them then it would show that the United executive was simply no longer willing to support his manager, to the detriment of the club.

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United face off with City for Neves

One youngster that United are interested in is Wolves’ central midfielder Ruben Neves. The 21-year-old is rated at £60m, and has been attracting the attention of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola. Mourinho had been willing to wait until next summer before making a move, but City’s interest could bring forward their own plans, leading to another moment of direct competition.

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Portuguese midfielder Ruben Neves (C) celebrates scoring their first goal to equalise 1-1 during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, centrGetty Images

Paper Round’s view: On the pitch, City have kept United at arm’s length for most of the last few years, but off it, United have had the edge over their rivals. They beat them to both Alexis Sanchez and Fred, and while neither of them have done brilliantly so far, they could eventually come good. City have also missed out on Jorginho to Chelsea as a result of their dithering, so won’t want to test Guardiola’s patience again.

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Terry set for Moscow switch

John Terry appears to be on the verge of a surprise move to Russia. The 37-year-old former England and Chelsea captain spent last season at Aston Villa and had been linked with a return to the club. However a defensive crisis at Spartak Moscow has led to the Russian club offering Terry a two-year deal. That would earn him roughly £2m a year and probably see him end his career in Russia, rather than MLS or China.

John Terry of Aston Villa celebrates victory after the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Reading at Villa Park on April 3, 2018 in Birmingham, EnglandGetty Images

Paper Round’s view: Terry could probably earn more with a move to one of the UAE sides, or to go to China or America, but he appears to be finishing his career with a move at a relatively high level. He will still feature in European games, and given the inconsistent quality of the league in Russia he should be able to cope well with the physical rigours of the game after an extended summer break.

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HSBC end Spurs sponsorship talks

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy might have taken his demands too far this time. The hard negotiator is famous for running the side’s transfer policy with discipline, but talks with HSBC may have broken down. HSBC’s Chairman was negotiating to become the stadium sponsor for the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but talks have ended without success.

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Paper Round’s view: Given it is currently unclear whether the stadium will even be ready this season, there is no point sponsoring something that doesn’t exist. While the stadium running over schedule could be costly and inconvenient for Spurs, once it is ready and the club are still in the public eye, a sponsorship deal should be easy to secure.

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