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United push on with Di Maria bid...or they want (injured) Strootman now, Spurs won't sell Townsend, who wants Lavezzi?

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UNITED PUSH ON WITH DI MARIA...
There is an understandable fall-out from Manchester United's opening-day defeat in the papers this morning, with rumour and counter-rumour over just where Ed Woodward will try and improve things. Having signed four players in three windows, it's now hoped he will land another four in 15 days. Good luck.

The Daily Mail opt for one of their classic tricks in presenting news that Angel di Maria is top of United's list. They claim that the club will aim to complete a '£100million' deal for the Real Madrid midfielder, but then concede that half of that huge figure will be spent on Di Maria's wages. So that's a £50million deal, then.

Interestingly, the Mail also report that Di Maria is surprised by Manchester United's offer, telling his family 'of his surprise that the English club's offer outstrips anything made by other suitors'. They've now got contacts within the player's family, it seems.


...OR IT'S STROOTMAN FOR OLD TRAFFORD

The Daily Express take an entirely different angle on Manchester United's transfer business, however. They report that Juventus are confident that United will fail to meet their supposed asking price for Arturo Vidal, and that Woodward and the club will instead look elsewhere in Serie A for the answer.

Kevin Strootman is the player that they claim United will sign this summer, despite Roma manager Rudi Garcia claiming it would take an £80m bid for the Italian club to sell the Dutchman.

The Express do at least touch on the slight fly in the ointment presented in the form of Strootman's five-month knee injury, but don't let that get in the way of their claim, despite the following words from Louis van Gaal just a fortnight ago: "I never usually say anything about individual players. It is my vision that we talk about a team and not individual players. But Strootman I can judge. He is injured for more than six months. We have to wait and see how he comes back. It is not easy to say how he comes back from injury, but we will wait and see."

We'd be surprised if he joined in the next two weeks. Very surprised. Very, very surprised.


SPURS TO SELL HOLTBY BUT NOT TOWNSEND

Although plenty of Spurs fans may disagree, it appears increasingly apparent that the north London club are prepared to allow Lewis Holtby to leave the club.

The German midfielder was used as a substitute in Spurs' match against West Ham on Saturday, but is looking for regular starts in the Premier League, something that Mauricio Pochettino is unable to guarantee. The Daily Mail report that both Crystal Palace and QPR could reignite their interest in the 23-year-old. We rather think that Southampton might be a lovely fit.

One player Spurs do want to keep hold of, however, is Andros Townsend, with the Express reporting that the club will reject Southampton's rumoured £10million approach for the winger. We very much have our own opinion on that, which you probably already know.


ENGLISH CLUBS ON LAVEZZI ALERT

Given that Zlatan Ibrahimovic picked up an injury during Paris St Germain's 2-0 victory over Bastia this weekend, we'd say that this isn't a good time to try and buy a PSG forward, but the Daily Star take a rather different stance.

The paper claim that contract talks between player and club have broken down, which will put Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool all on 'RED ALERT'. Well that's got a 90s dance song in our heads, so thanks guys.

Liverpool would appear to be the only likely English candidate for the Argentinean, with Brendan Rodgers admitting that he still wants a striker, but whether that means he is prepared to pay £20m+ for a 29-year-old forward remains to be seen.


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