Chelsea can now afford to sign Paul Pogba or Lionel Messi – and the rest from the day’s papers.

Paul Pogba, Lionel Messi (Eurosport)

Chelsea will have £40m of extra FFP money to spend – Jose Mourinho will have even more money to spend than usual this summer as the Blues have been cleared to spend an extra £40 million in Financial Fair Play cash, claims the Telegraph. The club’s new shirt sponsorship, Eden Hazard’s new contract and Fernando Torres coming off the books makes for a summer of wild spending adds the paper. The windfall makes it now possible for Chelsea to sign players such as Paul Pogba or Lionel Messi without contravening FFP rules. The Express claims that Chelsea could sign both.

Paper Round’s view – While Chelsea have made a habit of spending huge money, they have also been financially prudent of late. They sell players to fund their buys and carefully manage the books to comply with FFP. This summer, that won’t be a problem and they will get to spend much more out-of-pocket than they have in quite some time. That could be what they need to give them the edge on the likes of Man City and PSG to bring in someone like Paul Pogba or even Lionel Messi. While this does not necessarily mean that Chelsea *will* sign either, it does put them in a position of relative strength. If either player wanted a move then Chelsea would be only one of a handful of clubs able to afford to sign them. This marks a huge transfer boost for Chelsea.

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Southampton want Real Madrid starlet – Real Madrid made a big splash when they beat out Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Liverpool to sign 16-year-old Norway prodigy Martin Odegaard. Now The Sun reports that Southampton are trying to nab Odegaard on loan for next season. The Saints had scouts on hand to see him for the Merengues’ B team and want to see him in red and white stripes come August.

Paper Round’s view: Odegaard is already a full international and was handed a sizable contract by Real Madrid, so expectations are sky high. But as talented as he is, he’s not cracking the Merengues’ first team next season and if Southampton are going to give him time in the Premier League, Real Madrid have to prefer that to him playing with their reserves. The question is whether the Saints think he’s ready for the top flight and how much of Odegaard’s sizable wages Real Madrid will want them to pick up. However, were they to sign him then that would count as quite the coup.

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City eyeing former Chelsea man de Bruyne – Manchester City want Kevin de Bruyne and they have already asked Wolfsburg about the midfielder, claims The Standard. City scouts were in attendance at a Wolfsburg match three weeks ago and will be again this week. But Wolfsburg want to keep de Bruyne and are ready to increase his wages.


VfL Wolfsburg’s Kevin de Bruyne (2nd L) is congratulated by his team mate Naldo (2nd R) after scoring a second …

Paper Round’s view: The Citizens have to figure out a way to top Chelsea and signing a former Blue may be the answer. The Belgian has been phenomenal this season, tallying a Bundesliga-high 16 assists. But Wolfsburg just bought him for over £20 million and after this season, with his contract still running another four years and PSG also interested, he won’t come cheap. Money isn’t much of an issue at City and de Bruyne would be a nice signing, but they may have to pay £50 million for the Belgian so it won’t be an easy and quick deal. However, their midfield is in desperate need of an overhaul, so this could happen.

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Lukaku could make move to Wolfsburg – Romelu Lukaku was Everton’s record signing just a year ago, but now Wolfsburg are hoping to prise him away from the Toffees, The Mirror believes. The Bundesliga club were interested in signing him last summer, but balked at Chelsea’s price. Now, they’re ready to go in for £33 million on the man Everton paid £27 million for.

Paper Round’s view: Everton’s struggles could put a couple of their players in the shop window. It’s tough to justify continuing to spend on a team that is in the bottom half of the table and a player like Lukaku surely wants to play in the Champions League. Wolfsburg are sitting second in the Bundesliga, so they’ll be flush with cash in the summer and will be looking for match-changing players. Lukaku certainly is that when he is at his best.

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Johnson may swap Liverpool for Roma – Glen Johnson is keeping an eye on Roma and may join the Serie A club this summer when his contract runs out at Liverpool. Roma already bought one out-of-contract English fullback when they signed Ashley Cole a year ago, and Johnson could be next. “Ashley Cole absolutely adores it there, I represent him as well,” Johnson’s agent said, but admitted he hadn’t had any contact with the club yet.


Liverpool’s Glen Johnson reacts after their English Premier League soccer match against Stoke City at Anfield in …

Paper Round’s view – Don’t bet on Johnson returning to Liverpool next season. He is second choice now and there’s no reason for him to stick around with Brendan Rodgers having moved on. Roma wouldn’t be a bad landing spot, with their rotation of right backs failing to impress, but there has been no contact with the club and the link is flimsy so this sounds more like an agent trying to drum up interest more than anything.

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