The Mirror report that Manchester United transfer target Leight on Baines must wait to secure a new deal that will see him earn a pay rise, with Everton boss Roberto Martinez claiming that a bumper contract has been “put aside.” United swooped for the England full-back during the summer transfer window but were unsuccessful in their approach as Baines accepted Everton's decision to refuse the Premier League champions. Reports suggest that Baines will be offered a 50 percent pay rise for his loyalty – taking his weekly wage to £75,000. Martinez said: “At the moment, all it is is the games and any individual contracts or situations are put aside. The only thing that concerns me is just to make sure he’s as fit as he can be and gets in a stronger position and balances the demands of England and club level. That’s what I’m focused on, that his day to day is perfect. Everything else, behind the scenes we’re happy with the situation and we’re making sure he’s happy as well.” Paper Round's view: There's no doubt that Baines will be given a new contract at Everton but, even though the defender was accepting of not becoming a Manchester United player over the summer, it is surely a tactic to bump up his price when former Everton manager Moyes comes knocking again.
Juventus to rival Liverpool and Chelsea for Alonso
The Express suggest that Italian giants Juventus have entered the race to sign Real Madridmid fielder Xabi Alonso, rivalling Liverpooland Chelsea for his signature. The former Liverpool midfielder's contract at the Santiago Bernabeu is set to expire at the end of the season, with a number of teams across Europe looking to secure his signature should he not renew his current deal. The paper reports: “Alonso, who turns 32 in November, has been eyed up for a possible summer move to Turin as a replacement for the ageing Andrea Pirlo.” Paper Round's view: There's no doubt that Alonso could replace the majestic Pirlo but, if he wasn't to renew his Madrid contract, then a move back to the Premier League would surely be the preferred option.
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