Man Utd’s striker options amid Rashford injury blow – Paper Round
Manchester United are looking for a striker amid news of Marcus Rashford's injury - could Edinson Cavani or Moussa Dembele join this January? That and more in Monday's Paper Round.
Wanted: A striker
Paper Round’s view: United’s decision not to replace Romelu Lukaku is coming back to haunt them now, with a sizeable chunk of the season left to play, too. Rashford was hitting form just as United’s top-four push was gathering momentum, but their defeat at Liverpool without the England international highlighted their weakness up front, particularly when Anthony Martial fired a glorious chance wildly wide when trailing 1-0. Forget a short-term replacement, United need someone in for the long-haul. January’s a tough time to do it, but they require someone capable of leading their challenge for the Champions League places so they can go on to attract the very best in the summer.
Spurs turn to Slimani
Paper Round’s view: Plenty of names being banded around for Spurs, but it’s never easy in the January transfer window, and less so now Manchester United are set to start looking now.
PSG open Neymar talks
Paper Round’s view: Neymar is halfway through his initial five-year contract at PSG, but has seemingly been itching to leave ever since he signed on the dotted line. It would be a surprise if Neymar stayed beyond this year, never mind 2022, but as the report suggests, he would have a good reason to stay if PSG can finally triumph in Europe.
Koulibaly to PSG?
Paper Round’s view: Barely a week (day?) goes by without Koulibaly’s name featuring in gossip columns across Europe. He’s now in his sixth season at Napoli without being snapped up by a larger European club. A long time. Are Napoli pricing suitors out? Or do these persistent rumours have little substance? A combination of the two, you would think.