Thursday's papers have Liverpool looking to add Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to their midfield and several Premier League clubs lining up to get Real Madrid's £25 million star Isco.
Liverpool interested in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
A story in the Metro has Liverpool willing to reportedly stump up £22 million to get their hands on Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The Ox reportedly wants out at Arsenal since he's not getting enough playing time, while chiefs at the Emirates are frustrated at both his lack of progress as a player and continuous injury runs.
Paper Round's view: This could be an excellent move for Liverpool - if they can keep him on the park, which is a mighty big 'if' based on their injury woes in the Klopp era so far. Considering the issues they've had with Daniel Sturridge, you'd think a rigorous medical would be in order before anything occurs - yet if all goes well, Jurgen Klopp could be the man to make The Ox into the star he's often looked like becoming.
Arsenal's English midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reacts after missing a chance
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Premier League clubs on alert as Real Madrid prepare to sell Isco
The Mirror are reporting that Real Madrid will put the Spain international midfielder Isco up for sale, with the Los Blancos believing they'll get a fee in the region of £25 million in return. The report lists Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United as interested in the playmaker, with the level of Chelsea's interest still relatively unknown.
Paper Round's view: This one has been floating around for a while, and the Mirror's report does little to add to similar Spanish reports a few days ago. After a couple of seasons coming off the bench behind other Galacticos, Isco has struggled to get into the first-team frame but is getting there. Manchester City have been interested for at least three seasons, so expect them to go hard for the Spaniard.
Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez rejects contract extension, United interested
Saul Niguez (Atlético Madrid)
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The Mirror reports that Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez has knocked back the offer of a contract extension, triggering interest from Manchester United. Atletico's current deal for the midfielder lasts until 2020, with a £25m buy-out clause.
Paper Round's view: Saul has become more of an Atletico first team staple this season and is a former Real Madrid youth product. He fits the kind of pedigree that United need to start targeting for a rebuild, and it'll be down to whether United can convince Atletico of a move in the short term.
Everton target Spain U19's star Alfonso Pedraza from Villarreal
The Independent are reporting that the Toffees are targeting Villareal starlet Alfonso Pedraza, with any potential move to the Premier League setting Everton back £2m. The 19-year-old winger may have only made three starts in the senior Villarreal team, but his youth stats are strong with six goals from 19 appearances for Villarreal B and three goals in seven starts with Spain's U19 team.
Paper Round's view: Those numbers indicate the winger is clearly too good for his reserve counterparts, although you'd expect him to be a long-term project for Everton and won't get game time straight away.