Paper Round: Manchester United ready to sell Lukaku
Manchester United could sell Romelu Lukaku and sign Wilfried Zaha, Renato Sanches may be loaned out, and Christian Eriksen is a wanted man.
United open to Lukaku transfer
Manchester United are prepared to listen to offers for striker Romelu Lukaku. The Telegraph reports that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to be 'ruthless' in his summer clearout, and with Inter Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich interested, there is a chance the 25-year-old Belgian international could leave to free up £255,000 a week. Alexis Sanchez can also leave, with Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Eric Bailly and David de Gea also possibly leaving.
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Paper Round's view: Lukaku has been a big disappointment in his second season at Old Trafford, and appeared to come back from the World Cup overweight. He has done a touch better since the arrival of Solskjaer, but given the sheer number of games he has already played in his career, it would be safest to take the money and run given his iffy form.
Zaha wants to quit Palace
Wilfried Zaha has told Crystal Palace that he wants to leave the club to play Champions League football, however The Sun report that Manchester United - by no means guaranteed a place in Europe's premier competition next season - are favourites to sign him. The 26-year-old winger has worked with Solskjaer before, when the pair were briefly together at Cardiff City.
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Paper Round's view: For United, Zaha would be able to occupy a role on the left or right wing, which will be needed to give competition to Anthony Martial and possibly Jadon Sancho, if he joins from Borussia Dortmund. It will also allow Sanchez to be used through the middle, or moved on if they can find someone to take on his huge wages. Swapping him out for Lukaku would give United the kind of quick attack that the new United manager wants.
Bayern ready to send out Renato Sanches again
Bayern Munich youngster Renato Sanches could be set for another loan spell after struggling in the Bundesliga again this season. He failed to impress on loan at Swansea City in 2017, and struggled this year to convince Niko Kovac to give him an extended run in the Bayern side this year. The German champions are prepared to send him out on loan again to see if that can spark his career back to life.
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Paper Round's view: Sanches has suffered from pressure ever since his move to Bayern Munich, and perhaps another spell out of the limelight will help him. Given the amount of young talent that German sides are currently keen at prising from the Premier League, perhaps a mid-table Bundesliga side could accommodate him, or maybe he could be used as bait for one of the young Premier League players who are linked with a move abroad. His talent is not in doubt, but his confidence needs assistance.
Spurs struggle to keep Eriksen
The Star reports that Tottenham Hotspur could find it difficult to hold onto Christian Eriksen this summer. With Real Madrid interested, there is already one destination for the 27-year-old Danish playmaker, who has a little over a year left to run on his current contract. However, Real have designs on Manchester United's Paul Pogba, which may in turn free up a space for him at Old Trafford. Bayern Munich are also rumoured to be interested.
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Paper Round's view: United will have to do a lot of work to convince Eriksen to step out of the Champions League, with it looking unlikely that they will finish in the top four this season. Real, however, can offer that and the chance to work with Zinedine Zidane, and they should prioritise the signing of Eriksen over Pogba because he is a far more effective and reliable player.