Paper Round: Manchester City to offer Yaya Toure new deal, Michy Batshuayi future still uncertain
Manchester City are preparing to offer Yaya Toure a new contract but Michy Batshuayi's Chelsea future is uncertain. It's Monday's Paper Round.
New deal for Toure
In a remarkable turnaround Manchester City are preparing to offer Yaya Toure a new contract. Toure lost his place in Pep Guardiola's plans after comments made by his agent Dimitri Seluk but after an apology the midfielder worked his way back into the team. However despite the possibility of a new contract City still aren't sure whether or not he will choose to accept.
Paper Round's view: In the first couple months of the season you wouldn't have bet on Toure being at City in January let alone for next season but the Ivorian deserves credit for the way he has turned things around, and therefore he also deserves a new contract. It is also interesting now that Toure is in the position of power.
Batshuayi future uncertain
Despite scoring Chelsea's title-winning goal the future of Michy Batshuayi is still uncertain. Batshuayi has not played regularly at all for the Blues this season and they are keen on signing Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez in the summer according to the Telegraph. Depending on the future of Diego Costa, the report says that Batshuayi could be loaned or sold with West Ham, Marseille and Monaco, from whom Chelsea want to sign Tiemoue Bakayoko and Thomas Lemar, all interested. However Batshuayi could still stay at the club because of the extra games Chelsea will play next season when they return to the Champions League.
Paper Round's view: Batshuayi has evident promise, he just has not been given the chances he needs to develop. If Costa leaves the Belgian deserves to stay and play behind whoever Chelsea sign as their main striker. However, if that happens Antonio Conte has to use him more regularly.
Leicester won't bend over to keep stars
Leicester City still value their best players but they won't 'pander' in order to try and keep them according to Craig Shakespeare. Players such as Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy are being linked with moves away but Shakespeare has said that the club won't go out of their way to keep people but will still let them know they're wanted.
Paper Round's view: Some slightly contradictory stuff from Shakespeare here but the point that is trying to be made is that players will be allowed to leave if they want. This is another sign that Shakespeare is keen to be able to build his own squad in the summer. That said, Leicester's turbulent season has wiped a lot of transfer value off the squad - other than Mahrez, Islam Slimani and possibly Kasper Schmeichel it is hard to imagine big clubs queueing up to sign their players.
Moyes future depends on transfer budget
David Moyes' future at relegated Sunderland is still uncertain and according to a report from the Guardian whether he stays on or not will depend on the budget that he is given by the club's owner Ellis Short.
Paper Round's view: Consider the difference between Sunderland's relegation this season and their rivals Newcastle's last season. Newcastle fans were imploring Rafa Benitez to stay with the club, yet Sunderland fans are desperate to see Moyes leave. He needs to look at the situation and realise that he and the club may well be better off by parting ways.