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Paper Round: De Gea's £10m a year offer, Depay's 'secret Liverpool talks'

On his way out of Liverpool? ... Injury-prone striker Daniel Sturridge

25/04/2015 00:00:00
by UK Papers
The new Carrick? ... Ilkay Gundogan

UK papers have offered intriguing new twists on two of the highest-profile transfer sagas currently doing the rounds.

De Gea offered £10m a year to stay at Manchester United

The Daily Star reports that Manchester United will offer David de Gea an astonishing £200,000-a-week - or £10 million a year - to remain at Old Trafford in the face of interest from Real Madrid.

"It would make De Gea one of the highest-paid keepers in world football alongside Bayern Munich ace Manuel Neuer," the paper reports, upping the ante from earlier claims which suggested he'd been offered a mere £140,000 a week.

"But De Gea is keeping them sweating as he mulls over his next move and decides where his future lies."

Liverpool fly Memphis Depay in for 'secret talks'

The Daily Mirror claims that PSV Eindhoven's Memphis Depay came to Britain last week for secret talks with Liverpool about a potential move.

The Dutch international forward had been thought to be talking to Manchester United, but that turned out not to be the case: "He jetted to Manchester airport with his advisors Kees Ploegsma and Kees Vos from top agency SEG International.

“The Mirror can reveal that it was Anfield officials – including MD Ian Ayre - he met in a hotel close to the airport, after the Reds were given permission by PSV Eindhoven to talk to the Holland international.

“Sources in Eindhoven have revealed the 21 year old was hugely impressed not only by Liverpool’s determination in pursuing him for more than a year, but also in the vision they presented."

Wanted by several English premiership sides ... Memphis Depay

Sturridge on way out of Liverpool

The Guardian picks up on quotes from Brendan Rodgers referring to the need for a player "who can perform at a top level every week" and decides that it means injury-prone Daniel Sturridge will be shown the door.

"The 25-year-old’s fitness record has compounded Liverpool’s problems in attack having sold Luis Suárez to Barcelona and failed to sign a replacement suited to Rodgers’ preferred style of play.


“Finally remedying that glaring weakness is a priority for the Liverpool manager in the summer," the paper reports.

Manchester United want Ilkay Gundogan to be 'new Carrick'

Several papers picked up on this story on Saturday morning, discussing the possibility of the £20m-rated Borussia Dortmund midfielder to join the exodus which also looks set to claim Marco Reus and Mats Hummels as well as outgoing Dortmund boss Juergen Klopp.

The Mail claims the player will "fill Michael Carrick's midfield role," and adds that "Van Gaal has an intrinsic knowledge of the Bundesliga and believes the 24-year-old has the ability to take over from Carrick on a long-term basis.

Carrick, who recently signed a new 12-month extension, will continue to be part of Van Gaal's plans next season - but the club are planning for life without him."

Petr Cech destined for PSG

Chelsea's usurped goalkeeper Petr Cech looks set to move to Ligue 1, according to the Daily Mirror, who claim that Paris Saint-Germain will make a summer move for the 32-year-old.

“Cech's open desire to leave having lost his place to Thibaut Courtois, "put Arsenal and Liverpool on alert.

“But PSG aim to outmanoeuvre their Premier League rivals in pursuit of the keeper after their exit from the Champions League at the hands of Barcelona."

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