UK Back Pages: Real Madrid Target £250m Worth of Premier League Stars

Ryan Bailey@ryanjaybaileyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2016

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13:  Sergio Aguero of Manchester City reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton at the Etihad Stadium on January 13, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Plenty of Friday morning's back pages focus on the IAAF scandal, but there is still room for the latest from the beautiful game—much of it concerning the knock-on effect of Real and Atletico Madrid's transfer bans.

The Sun believes that Real will be targeting up to £250 million of Premier League talent this summer—including Eden Hazard, Sergio Aguero and David De Gea—despite the fact that they should be serving a transfer ban: 

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SUN SPORT: £250m mad dash #tomorrowspaperstoday https://t.co/IwfocdDUEK

The Daily Star also believes Premier League clubs are bracing themselves for a Real Madrid spending spree:

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STAR SPORT: Real Panic #tomorrowspaperstoday https://t.co/aO5fjGZUU2

The Mirror, meanwhile, believes Madrid's ban might make it easier for Chelsea to acquire the services of Diego Simeone:

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MIRROR SPORT: Banned on the run #tomorrowspaperstoday https://t.co/x0W0WR5Ij8

The Guardian also focuses on the Madrid ban, claiming that Manchester United and Chelsea will have to alter their transfer plans. United would be less likely to sell De Gea and purchase Gareth Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo, while Chelsea would not be able to sell Hazard to Real or Diego Costa to Atleti:

Neil Henderson @hendopolis

GUARDIAN SPORT: Coe admits IAAF has failed.... #tomorrowspaperstoday https://t.co/iU3J3ehDqf

The Telegraph eschews the Madrid transfer ban, instead giving attention to Alexandre Pato's rumoured move to Stamford Bridge:

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TELEGRAPH SPORT: Embedded corruption #tomorrowspaperstoday https://t.co/aAOKLobJBi

The Times understands that Manchester United's head of youth player recruitment, Derek Langley, is set to leave the club at the end of the season due to "disillusionment about the state of the academy": 

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TIMES SPORT: Now Athletics crisis drags in London 2017 #tomorrowspaperstoday https://t.co/otqv5ctEcS


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