Klopp needs full control at Liverpool - Jurgen Klopp is willing to take the Liverpool job, but The Mail claim he has one demand: the end of the Reds' transfer committee. Klopp would end his sabbatical for Liverpool, but he wants to be in control of all transfers. That means the structure currently in place would be dismantled. The German also wants support from the entire club for his hiring, not just a few powerful individuals.
Paper Round's view - Liverpool have made some wonderful signings in the transfer market, but also some terrible ones and they haven't been much of finding maximum value so it's no surprise that Klopp wouldn't want the committee to remain. That, along with his presumed several other options and the desire for control makes that a pretty basic demand and, assuming Liverpool can't land Carlo Ancelotti, one that the Reds should agree to.
Sunderland could hire Vieira - Patrick Vieira is the top man on Sunderland's wish list, according to The Mirror. The club is considering what they would do should Dick Advocaat leave or be fired and, in that case, Vieira would be their man. The Black Cats were high on Vieira in the summer and they asked Manchester City for permission to talk to the Frenchman. Their admiration for Vieira hasn't faded.
Paper Round's view - Vieira's reputation is through the roof, with nearly everyone praising his work at the Man City academy. The Citizens almost assuredly want to keep him, but he'll want to manage a senior team soon and even if Manuel Pellegrini leaves the club in the summer, Pep Guardiola figures to be their top target. Realistically, Vieira is going to leave soon and Sunderland wouldn't be a bad place to go so long as he's okay walking into a relegation fight.
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Man CIty want Thiago - Manchester City could make a move for Thiago Alcantara, per The Star. Thiago has had injury problems for more than a year now, but City sporting director Txiki Begiristain is a huge fan of the midfielder. Bayern Munich don't want to sell Thiago, but City believe they would listen to offers and the Citizens might turn to him in the summer if they can't land Paul Pogba.
Paper Round's view - City have the transfer budget that they can afford to take a chance on a player who has had injury problems. Pep Guardiola is a huge fan too, so signing Thiago would help their recruitment of the manager. The question is whether Begiristain will even be at the Etihad come the summer and get to sign his favourite players because he was on the hot seat just a few months ago.
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Chelsea could pip United to Dutch starlet - Tahith Chong is one of the brightest young players in the Netherlands and now Chelsea and Manchester United want him, The Star report. Chong is eligible to leave Feyenoord on his 16th birthday in December and has interest from around the continent. Man United have been eyeing him for months, but now the Blues are entering the race and trying to beat the Red Devils to the starlet.
Paper Round's view - There were several reports that Chong had already opening talked with Man United so, if true, their interest appears to be pretty serious. That would make losing him to Chelsea especially irksome. It would be interesting to see how the Blues managed Chong's development and whether they plan for him to make the first team or simply develop him and then sell him for a profit.
Tottenham eyeing Denmark wonderkid - Spurs keep chasing young talent. The Mail believe that Tottenham are after Brondby's Armend Aslani and are expected to bid £345,000 for the 17-year-old. Aslani is one of the top young players in Denmark and several of the top teams in Europe have been tracking the forward. Spurs want to beat them all to the punch and are ready to move for him now, though.
Paper Round's view - Spurs have made signing young players a huge priority at the club since Mauricio Pochettino took over so it's no surprise that they're in on another of Europe's better prospects. Their policy is already paying off with Dele Alli and they're only going to go after more youngsters as their expanded scouting network continues to work.
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