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Paper Round: United chase Barcelona star, Chelsea move for Zlatan

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ByBen Cuzzupe
16/03/2016 at 13:35

Wednesday's papers touch on Manchester United's moves to replace David De Gea, while Chelsea try to get a veteran superstar to Stamford Bridge.

Barcelona keeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen targeted as De Gea replacement

Manchester United according to the Mirror will make a play for Barcelona's Marc-Andre Ter Stegen as a replacement for the potentially outgoing David De Gea. The report suggests that while PSG have joined Madrid's chase for De Gea, ter Stegen is looking for more game time as he shares the load with Claudio Bravo in different competitions.

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Paper Round's view: Ter Stegen is quality and United should be writing a blank cheque to Barcelona for his services. Entrusted and succeeding with Champions League duties at such young age, the German portrays the exact type of player United should be targeting in their squad rebuild.

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Chelsea eye shock move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic

According to the Daily Star, Chelsea will be spearheading a move to sign out of contract PSG superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The report suggests the Blues will court the Swede with a £19.5 million, two year contract as Premier League rivals weigh up their potential interest.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Paper Round's view: It's a dynamic move that will shake up the club's squad and perhaps inject a bit of energy back into the dressing room, although any move for Zlatan from a big club has to come with the priority of searching for his eventual replacement too.

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Liverpool's Christian Benteke transfer headache

Liverpool would have to pay part of Christian Benteke's contract if he was moved on to another club, as his £120,000-a-week salary is the greatest deterrent to other suitors trying to sign him. The Mirror report that West Ham and other clubs are interested in Liverpool's £32.5 million signing from last summer, but are refusing to match or even go near the weekly salary figure.

Christian Benteke

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Paper Round's view: Would come down to negotiations, but it's probably worth getting rid of Benteke now rather than keeping him as expensive deadweight during Klopp's plans for the squad rejuvenation.

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Chelsea set to land Conte as manager before Euro 2016

The Sun are reporting that Antonio Conte is likely to start work at Chelsea between the end of the Premier League season and the beginning of Euro 2016. The 46 year old is reportedly in advanced negotiations and is keen to get moving on laying the ground work for his arrival.

Antonio Conte

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Paper Round's view: Chelsea fans would keen to hear they have someone motivated to help lift them out of this mess. Suppose if all at club and board level get behind Conte, they won't be out of Champions League action for long.

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