Paper Round: Callum Hudson-Odoi told to stay at Chelsea, Juan Mata offered to extend stay at Man Utd
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Juan Mata have both been urged to stay at their clubs in very contrasting circumstances. It's Tuesday's Paper Round.
Hudson-Odoi told to stay
Paper Round’s view: Chelsea are playing hardball, and they have six months to convince Hudson-Odoi he is seriously part of their plans. If Eden Hazard does secure his dream move to Real Madrid, it would be difficult to see the Blues being so willing to let Hudson-Odoi go in the summer, even with Christian Pulisic coming in.
Mata urged to stay
Paper Round’s view: With the future finally looking brighter for all involved at United, it would be no surprise if Mata remained for at least one more year to see where this club can go. It’s only a short-team deal, but the reported £140,000-a-week contract will likely tempt him into staying.
Emery handed transfer promise
He said: “In the summer it is going to be different. And we are going to have chances to spend money to buy players.”
Paper Round’s view: It has been a very quiet January transfer window for many of the Premier League’s big clubs, and Arsenal could well go the month without making any new additions. Emery is clearly intent on not buying for buying’s sake – it may not help their short-term cause, but will all be for the sake of the long-term project.
Rafa threatens Toon exit
Paper Round’s view: It has been a tough time for Benitez in the north east, and he has remained in an unenviable role under Mike Ashley’s ownership. The takeover talks will likely rumble on at the club, who knows if Benitez will still be there when Ashley finally leaves.