Paper Round: Manchester United want Michael Keane, Chelsea enter race for Kyle Walker
Manchester United want to bring Michael Keane back to Old Trafford whilst Chelsea have entered the race for Kyle Walker. It's Wednesday's Paper Round.
Manchester United want to bring back Keane
No not that one! We start with Manchester United wanting to bring Michael Keane back to Old Trafford in the summer in an exclusive report from The Mail. The story that United are the favourites to sign the 24-year-old, having allowed him to leave to join Burnley for just £2 million in January 2015. Keane, who made his England debut against Germany and still lives in Manchester is reported to be keen on the move and United will pay less than any of their rivals due to a sell-on clause in his contract when they sold him.
Paper Round's view: Yes question marks could be raised about United letting Keane and Paul Pogba (amongst others) leave for so little only to pay so much to bring them back but neither of those things are Jose Mourinho's fault. Keane is a fantastic defender who should only blossom under the Portuguese's tutelage next season should he sign.
Chelsea enter Walker race
Chelsea have joined Manchester City in the race for Tottenham Hotspur full-back Kyle Walker according to The Mirror. Walker has reportedly fallen out with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and could be allowed to leave for bids in excess of £40 million according to the report. Chelsea have relied on Victor Moses at wing-back this season and Antonio Conte wants cover with the added demands of the Champions League next season whilst Pep Guardiola needs a replacement for Pablo Zabaleta at City.
Paper Round's view: Walker is a) home-grown and b) excellent at wing-back. This ticks a lot of boxes for Chelsea but it's hard to see how Daniel Levy will sanction a move to Chelsea of all clubs. It's not exactly a divide that is crossed often...
Arsenal want Chelsea starlet Tammy Abraham
Arsenal could launch a sensational bid for Chelsea youngster Tammy Abraham according to The Sun. Abraham has been hugely impressive on-loan with Bristol City this season, finishing as the Championship's second-highest scorer with 23 goals. Abraham is a product of the Chelsea academy but could reportedly be prepared to quit the club if he isn't part of Antonio Conte's first team next season.
Paper Round's view: Make no mistake, losing Abraham would be catastrophe for Chelsea. As they bid to bring through a new generation of academy players Abraham is arguably the most talented of the lot. The way he has taken to professional football has been striking and he deserves to be in the first team next season. Admittedly that would probably be as third-choice but he has done everything asked of him so far.
RB Leipzig eye up Sancho and Solanke
Bundesliga side RB Leipzig have made ambitious approaches to Manchester City's Jadon Sancho and Chelsea's Dominic Solanke, both of whom are currently in contract disputes with their clubs, according to The Mail. Sancho has been offered a new deal by City, and is currently performing very well for England at the U17 European Championships but Solanke looks likely to leave Chelsea.
Paper Round's view: Having signed Oliver Burke from Nottingham Forest last season this would be a remarkable move from RB Leipzig. Both players are extremely talented and might be tempted by the amount of minutes Burke has got for a club that will be playing in the Champions League next season. One to watch...