Paper Round: City to sell Vincent Kompany, Roma reject Chelsea bid for Kostas Manolas
Saturday's papers are full of transfer talk, namely Man City's bid to move on their captain and Chelsea's rejected bid for Greek international Kostas Manolas.
Manchester City's Belgian defender Vincent Kompany (R) celebrates with Manchester City's Spanish midfielder David Silva after scoring City's third goal during the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City at Th
Pep Guardiola to sell Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany in the summer
The Sun say that Pep Guardiola's revolution has no place for club captain Vincent Kompany. The report says that the Catalan has instructed director of football Txiki Begiristain to sell the aging Belgian international, indicating that Guardiola is looking to start from scratch with the club's defence.
Paper Round's view: Many thought there would be a defensive overhaul, although one would assume Kompany would be there to play a lesser role in the short term. Injuries have curtailed him from performing at his best, and perhaps it's the hard decision that needs to be made.
Also in the Sun, Roma have rejected a bid of £26 million off the Blues for Greek international Kostas Manolas and are reportedly holding out for a sum of £35 million. The report says the Italian club are wiling to do further business in the summer if the price is met, as Chelsea have a list of players they're targeting in a bid to fix pressing squad issues.
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Paper Round's view: Manolas has the pedigree of AEK Athens, Olympiakos and Roma at the age of just 24. The Premier League is another step up entirely, but Chelsea are shopping in the right place as he seems committed to improving his already impressive game.
Vidal drops hints at reunion with Conte at Chelsea
Arturo Vidal could be on the radar as his former boss Antonio Conte heads to Stamford Bridge, according to reports in the Independent. Vidal and Conte share a close relationship, and could be courted into heading to the Premier League according to the story.
Arturo Vidal challenges for the ball for Bayern Munich
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Paper Round's view: While they have a close relationship, doubt Bayern Munich would want to lose a player of Vidal's calibre right away. Perhaps a move is on the cards in seasons down the line, if Conte is still at Chelsea.
Jack Butland signs new deal to keep him at Stoke until 2021
Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland has signed a new deal, keeping him at Stoke until 2021. Butland has had a strong season for the Potters, playing a key role in their fight to gain a European place this season.
Stoke City's Jack Butland celebrates
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Paper Round's view: The cynic says that this ensures the club receives a great transfer fee for him once bigger fish take notice, but it's good to see some commitment to Mark Hughes' Stoke project.