Paper Round: City set for transfer ban, Spurs resigned to losing Eriksen
Tottenham Hotspur are resigned to losing Christian Eriksen whilst Manchester City are set for a transfer ban. It’s Friday’s Paper Round.
City set for transfer ban
We start the back page of The Sun who have an exclusive that says that Premier League champions Manchester City are set to be hit by a transfer ban for two windows for breaching FIFA’s rules on signing minors. The report says the decision could come in the next couple of weeks and will be similar to the one that was issued to Chelsea. That will put pay to any plans from Pep Guardiola to spend big on his defence and central midfield.
Paper Round's view: This is a serious issue clubs should be punished accordingly. For too long big clubs have flaunted the rules surrounding signing players and now at last it appears as if they are being punished. However, FIFA still need to look at the way the rules are enforced, the punishments they currently dish out do not seem to have long-term consequences.
Spurs resigned to Eriksen exit
We now move to a story from The Mail which says Tottenham Hotspur are resigned to losing Christian Eriksen. The 27-year-old is into the final 12 months of his contract and Spurs would rather sell than lose him on a free. Real Madrid will be one of the clubs interested. However, Spurs are eyeing a number of players including Jack Grealish, Jarrod Bowen, Carlos Soler, Wilfried Zaha and Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Paper Round's view: This is tough for Spurs but to be fair it is the only real time in the last few years that they have properly slipped up when it comes to their contracts. Normally they get their players locked down early but they’ve dropped the ball here. However, it will be encouraging to Spurs fans that they are looking at a lot of different players and it might mean they actually sign someone!
Zinchenko set for new City deal
We now have another exclusive from The Sun, which states Oleksandr Zinchenko is set to earn a new contract at Manchester City. The 22-year-old has forced his way into Guardiola’s plans as cover at left-back and rather than sell him City now intend to offer a new deal.
Paper Round's view: Zinchenko is one of those players that would have been a mainstay of a Sir Alex Ferguson title-winning squad. He wouldn’t be the best or the flashiest player but he would be solid, effective and reliable. Of course under Ferguson he would have been home-grown but you can’t have everything. It’s still important to have these sort of players in your squad.
Saka wanted by Bundesliga clubs
And we end with another exclusive from The Sun which says Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka is a target for Bundesliga sides. Saka is highly thought of but the 17-year-old can’t sign terms on a professional deal until he is 18 in September. That has led to suggestions that he may follow the likes of Jadon Sancho to Germany.
Paper Round's view: You can’t blame Saka for wanting to move on if he chooses to. Sancho has blazed a trail and has demonstrated that English clubs have missed a trick with the use of their young talent. There are clubs in Europe who are willing to play them, no matter what their age.