Paper Round: Bale offered £1m-a-week contract in China
Gareth Bale is offered a world-record contract in the Far East, Arsenal beat Tottenham to another signing, Nabil Fekir is set to move to Spain, while James Milner sweats over a new deal at Liverpool. It's Monday's Paper Round...
Bale to become first £1m-a-week footballer?
Paper Round’s view: Obviously it would be extremely difficult to turn down such a huge amount of money, but Bale needs to weigh up whether he wants to sign a world-record contract or win trophies at the highest possible level. It's a given that the ex-Tottenham Hotspur forward will make plenty of money wherever he moves, but he needs to concentrate on getting fit and playing first-team football again. Bale is still very talented and has only just turned 30 years old, so he should really be looking to move to a top European club such as Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain or even Manchester United.
Arsenal beat Spurs to another transfer
Betis Nab ex-Liverpool target
Staying in Seville, Betis are set to complete the cut-price signing of Lyon forward Nabil Fekir, according to The Sun. The World Cup winner was linked to a £52 million transfer to Liverpool last summer, but the Premier League side reportedly pulled out of the deal due to medical reasons. Fekir is into the final year of his current contract and Lyon are keen to move him on in order to avoid losing him for free next summer. Betis have taken advantage of the contract situation and are said to have agreed a bargain fee of just £27 million, with the Frenchman set to travel to Seville for his medical.
Paper Round’s view: It is surprising to see Fekir move for such a low fee, considering his talent and ability, especially to a club that failed to qualify for any European competition in the forthcoming season. Last summer Liverpool were keen to pay double the reported fee that has been agreed with Betis, so another approach this summer could've been a relatively cheap answer to Jurgen Klopp's lack of creativity in central midfield. The 26-year-old could easily light up La Liga and get himself a move to a European giant next summer.
Milner sweats on contract talks
James Milner has admitted that he is unsure whether Liverpool want to extend his contract beyond the end of the 2019-20 season. The 33-year-old is heading into the final year of his deal with the Merseyside club and the Telegraph report Milner has "expressed a desire" to sign an extension to stay at Liverpool. The Champions League winners risk losing the Englishman on a free transfer next summer if they fail to reach an agreement and Milner admitted he "hasn't heard anything" since talks with the club at the end of last season.