Leicester beat United to Tielemans

The Sun thinks that both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have failed in their pursuit of Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans. The 22-year-old Belgium international was on loan at Leicester City last season, and manager Brendan Rodgers believes that the £40 million player will sign a five-year contract with the club in time to join them on their pre-season camp in France.
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Paper Round’s view: Tielemans was expected to move on from Monaco after he admitted he was likely to leave, and he would have had the chance to wait for a big European club after the performances he put in last season. A move to Leicester City is a sensible one though, having settled in so well at the club. Another transfer in a couple of years will likely see him perform regularly in the Champions League.
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Juventus consider Lukaku bid

Italian champions Juventus are interested in signing Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku, according to a story in the Daily Mail. Lukaku has long been linked with a move to Inter Milan under new boss Antonio Conte, but a move has not yet materialised. However, there is a suspicion that Juventus are making the play in order to force Inter to sell them Mauro Icardi so they do not miss out on Lukaku.

Romelu Lukaku

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Paper Round’s view: Juventus do not need Lukaku, and the Belgian striker would not suit their squad while Cristiano Ronaldo is there. Mauro Icardi though would be a better replacement for Pablo Dybala, who is expected to leave Juventus this season, and could potentially join Inter Milan if they do not get their hands on Lukaku.
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Morata to Atletico to become permanent

The Guardian believes that Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata will complete a permanent move to Atletico Madrid. The Spanish club will make a bid of around £50m for the 26-year-old Spain international to prevent his parent club activating a recall as a result of a transfer ban. That ban also means that Lampard is willing to give Michy Batshuayi and Danny Drinkwater a chance to establish themselves in his plans for next season.
Paper Round’s view: Sarri was entitled to see little use in Drinkwater in his time at Chelsea, but to freeze him out entirely did appear petty. He is a competent Premier League player who could at least take the strain off players when there is a flood of games over the second half of the season. Meanwhile, Batshuayi showed at Borussia Dortmund that he is able to be a solid back-up striker.
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Newcastle consider Flores

Newcastle United are considering a move for former Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores as a replacement for Rafael Benitez, who could not agree a deal with chairman Mike Ashley to stay on at the club. Flores has resigned after six months at Shanghai Shenhua and is a free agent, while Newcastle may also offer a deal to Laurent Blanc, Sean Dyche and Mikel Arteta, according to the Telegraph.
Paper Round’s view: Benitez’s exit, while the club is potentially on the cusp of a takeover, mean Newcastle can't offer much to any prospective candidate. They will likely go into the job with limited funds and the understanding they could be out of a job as soon as there is any change in ownership. Arteta and Dyche would be gambling to take such a deal, while Flores and Blanc essentially have little to lose.
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