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Paper Round: Man United confident of landing £50m left-back as Raheem Sterling stalls contract talks

Paper Round: United confident of £50m signing, Sterling stalls City talks

04/12/2017 at 23:46Updated 05/12/2017 at 07:49

While Manchester United are confident of signing Danny Rose from Tottenham, Raheem Sterling has stalled contract talks at Manchester City – but for a very good reason. It’s Tuesday’s Paper Round.

Man Utd confident of landing Rose

Paper Round’s view: There’s an air of inevitably about this move, but it’s difficult to see any deal for Rose materialising in January given that he will be cup-tied in the Champions League. However, if United feel as though they need to beat the competition, and Rose feels like his chances of starting for England at the World Cup depend on it, then there remains a slight chance he’ll be heading north in a month’s time.

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Sterling stalls contract talks

Paper Round’s view: It all makes sense. Don’t rock the boat when it doesn’t need to be. With plenty of time left on his contract, there should be no fear from City’s side that he would want to run it down, which seems very unlikely given how he is flourishing under Pep Guardiola at the Etihad.

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Juve to make move for Can

Paper Round’s view: He’s going, isn’t he? You just get that impression. All this means he’ll probably sign a Liverpool deal tomorrow, but in truth, with the ability to sign a pre-contract with another European club just around the corner, it feels as though Can is a man on the move. It’s awfully late to finally commit, and though he has the quality to thrive at Liverpool, it doesn’t say much if it has taken him this long to put pen to paper.

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Shot to the Hart

Paper Round’s view: It’s not all Hart’s fault that West Ham are faltering, but it hardly helped his cause when Adrian put in a strong showing at the Etihad. Moyes could well be doing all England fans a favour, for it’s clear Hart should be behind Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland – to name but two – in the pecking order.

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