Manchester United to trump Liverpool with £23.3m offer for Domenico Berardi
The Metro are reporting that Manchester United are in the hunt for Sassuolo ace Domenico Berardi, keen to sign the striker before rivals Liverpool manage to get pen to paper. United's current price is believed to be £23.3 million, but the report states that Berardi is unlikely to be sold due to be being co-owned by Juventus.
Paper Round's view: Berardi seems like the real deal, with 48 goals from 118 Serie A starts being an excellent return. Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata are the next generation for Juventus and already in place, but will Berardi join them? His agent said yesterday that there is a "gentleman's agreement" for him to join Juventus, but that it "doesn't necessarily mean that he will". And if not he'll start receiving offers of playing time that could swing it.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp set to target Mario Gotze with transfer war chest
A report in the Mirror says Jurgen Klopp will target German international and disgruntled Bayern star Mario Gotze, as the former Dortmund manager is set to have a big transfer window after huge club profits and reduction in long term debt. The story in the Mirror claims Liverpool have reduced their debt from £246 million in 2010 to £47 million in 2016, and this is the motivator in the summer spending spree.
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Paper Round's view: Klopp has the clout to attract star talent, all Liverpool need is the cash. Gotze has played well at Munich, but hasn't arguably yet reached the heights he is capable of. His former manager could tease the brilliance out of the 23 year old and turn him into the world class player Liverpool need.
Big Five meet to discuss European Super League plans
A story in the Express follows the wider coverage of plans for a European Super League, as big cheeses from United, City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal meet at a London hotel with American billionaire Stephen Ross. It's believed the move would funnel big clubs away from the Champions League and into a separate super competition to make sure that they wouldn't miss out on the windfall of profits, as United and Liverpool have done in recent years due to poor league finishes.
Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward
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Paper Round's view: The idea of basing a competition around net worth and not football ability seems absurd - yet horribly plausible. In other words, a dream Daily Express scare story. It's hard to believe that clubs would opt out of a historic old tournament like the European Cup in order to sign up for some sort of Mickey Mouse alternative.
Terror threats could have Euro 2016 games played behind closed doors
According to a report in the Daily Mail, games could be moved behind closed doors or to other venues if threats against patrons are deemed serious enough this summer. According to the report, organisers of the tournament are confident that current security measures will prevent anything from occurring, but have still laid out contingencies in the case of a heightened threat.
Fans enter the pitch of the Stade de France after the terrorist attacks
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Paper Round's view: Due to the incidents in the French capital over the last 18 months, security will be an ongoing issue for the tournament. One can hope work between law enforcement and organisers can make the tournament run as smoothly as possible.