Arsenal joined by PL rival in battle for Rodriguez – Paper Round
James Rodriguez, Krzysztof Piatek and Matias Vecino feature in Monday’s Paper Round ahead of the January transfer window closing on Friday.
Arsenal v Everton for James?
Paper Round’s view: Not beyond the realms of possibility and it adds a new transfer battle into the mix going into Friday’s deadline. Injuries have prevented Rodriguez from convincing Zidane he is a worthy, regular starter. Should he move on, any club would need to be convinced these injury problems won’t plague him persistently.
£25m for Piatek
Piatek - Milan-Lecce - Serie A 2019/2020 - Getty ImagesGetty Images
Paper Round’s view: So AC Milan will ease the blow of Chelsea losing a striker to Inter Milan by offering a striker of their own to Chelsea. Makes perfect sense… Poor old Spurs being cut out the loop, but you imagine talk of this messy merry-go-round will stretch until Friday as clubs seek guarantees before eventually selling themselves.
First Arteta Arsenal signing?
Pablo Mari of Flamengo in action during the FIFA Club World Cup Final between Liverpool and Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Doha, Qatar.Getty Images
Paper Round’s view: *Searches Mari best tackles on YouTube* - Let’s face it, few of us can claim to know much about Mari over in the UK and Europe, so the jury is out as to whether he will be their saviour or add to the list of problems they have at the back. They can’t get much worse, really.
Everton in for Vecino?
Vecino - Inter-Verona - Serie A 2019/2020 - Getty ImagesGetty Images
Paper Round’s view: Is it even a transfer story these days if it doesn’t involve Inter or AC? That’s it. That’s the view.