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Paper Round: Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur to battle for Paris Saint-Germain's Adrien Rabiot

Paper Round: Arsenal and Spurs to battle for PSG's Rabiot

16/09/2017 at 06:07Updated 16/09/2017 at 09:17

Arsenal and Spurs want Adrien Rabiot, Real Madrid consider Timo Werner transfer, Cologne blame the Met and Arsenal for their fans, and England boss Mark Sampson is under pressure again.

Arsenal to battle Spurs for Rabiot

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will compete for the signing of Adrien Rabiot, but may also have to fend off interest from Inter Milan. Spurs and Arsenal both want the 22-year-old French international, whose contract runs out at Paris Saint-Germain in 2019. They are waiting to see how contract negotiations go between the two parties, though PSG will be reluctant to let him go as he is a homegrown player.

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Paper Round's view: Daniel Levy and Arsene Wenger would first of all be delighted to sign Rabiot in these circumstances - any contract problems means that the club could pick up Rabiot on the cheap compared to if he had a secure future at the Parc des Princes. However, as stated, PSG seem keen to keep him, and were reluctant to sell Mamadou Sakho to Liverpool, even when they had better options.

Real consider Werner transfer

Zinedine Zidane and Florentino Perez are already planning for the future. In order to revitalise their attack, they have identified the 21-year-old German international, Timo Werner. The RB Leipzig forward mentioned Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and the big English clubs as those that interest him, but he is believed to favour a move to Real should the chance materialise.

Timo Werner, Top-Stürmer von RB Leipzig

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Paper Round's view: With 21 goals last season, and four in four at the start of this season, he obviously knows where the goal is. And, while RB Leipzig are establishing themselves at the top of the table, they remain a selling club in the right circumstances. There is always a risk when moving for a young player, but as he is already scoring rapidly, a move to Real and the better service he would get suggests he would flourish if he made the move.

Cologne criticise Arsenal and the police

Cologne apologised for the behaviour of their fans on Thursday, with a statement released yesterday. They said that while there was no justification for their actions, they were made possible by Arsenal fans willing to give up their tickets to away fans, and by an insufficient presence provided both by Arsenal and the police. Arsenal will ban fans who gave their tickets to Cologne fans.

Paper Round's view: While it takes some chutzpah from Cologne to blame other people the day after the problems, there remains truth in their accusations. If there were more police, the problems would have been ended sooner, and Arsenal fans could have kept their tickets to prevent the infiltration into the stadium. Ultimately, the blame rests with the Met Police, whose job it is to police these events, but they were caught out by a situation which rarely happens in England anymore.

Pressure increases on Sampson

The FA inquiry into a conversation between Drew Spence and England Women's boss Mark Sampson has seen messages sent by England players at the time, which discuss the events. Sampson is alleged to have asked Spence how many times she had been arrested. The new investigation is headed up by the barrister Katharine Newton, who looked into accusations by Eni Aluko over Sampson's behaviour - something Aluko has called 'a farce'.

Paper Round's view: As the previous investigation did not speak to Spence, it is hard to disagree with Aluko's characterisation of the process. The FA appears to be happy to investigate the matter as many times as possible without making fundamental changes to the set-up that appear necessary following the accusations from Spence, Aluko and others. At this point, it has started to look like deliberate obfuscation.

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