Arsenal line up Fabregas bid: Arsenal are preparing a £35 million bid to bring back Cesc Fabregas to the Emirates, according to The Sun. The Gunners still have first refusal on the Spain international, swapped north London for Barcelona in 2011. The paper claims that Fabregas "looks certain to return to the Premier League" and that new Barca coach Luis Enrique will not stand in his way. Arsene Wenger has been given a £100m war chest to improve his squad and he is ready to test Barca's resolve this summer.
Paper Round's view: Manchester United have shown an interest in Fabregas in recent transfer windows, but a move back to Arsenal just seems more, well, right. His love of the club is apparent and he has always maintained that if he did come back to England, it would be to play for Arsenal only. If Barca no longer have any need for him - and with Enrique set to shake up the squad this summer - this deal could well happen.
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Luiz on brink of joining PSG: David Luiz is set to sign for Paris Saint-Germain in a deal worth £50m, reports The Sun. The defender had been targeted by Barcelona but French champions PSG have blown away the interest from Spain with a mega offer. And Chelsea will accept the bid, given it is more than double the £22m they paid Benfica for him in 2011. The paper reports that a deal will go through before the World Cup, with plans for Luiz to leave the Brazil camp to have a medical and get the sensational transfer pushed through.
Paper Round's view: Luiz is leaving Stamford Bridge, that much is clear. And given that he is likely to head abroad, Chelsea are in a position where they are not too bothered who they sell to and can simply focus on which club will offer the most cash for Luiz. That, of course, leaves PSG in pole position, given that they can outmuscle any other club financially, meaning Luiz could well find himself in Paris at the beginning of next season.
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Moyes 'punched victim three times'/'bottled him': David Moyes punched a 23-year-old joiner three times in the head, according to a report in the Daily Mirror, while the Daily Mail claims that the former Manchester United manager attacked the man with a bottle during a fracas outside a wine bar in Clitheroe. Moyes is believed to have been upset by taunts from fellow revellers in the Lancashire town and snapped by attacking Joshua Gillibrand from behind, according to the Mirror's report. Witnesses who spoke to the Mail meanwhile claimed that Moyes grabbed a bottle, hit Gillibrand on the side of the head with it and threw him across a table.
Paper Round's view: The Mail's report claims that another friend of Gillibrand said: "He was quite drunk and went up and said something to him like, “What are you doing around here?” It didn’t go down at all well with Moyes who started swearing at him, so Josh said something like, “Well get out of town then”, and turned his back on him, which is when Moyes hit him in the back of the head." Hmm, the key words here seem to be "something like" - i.e. nothing quite so polite as what this person claims was said. Every man has a breaking point, but whether Moyes reached his on this night or not, the sheer number of differing accounts of what happened contained within just these two reports suggest that this is nothing more than a storm in a tea cup for Moyes. And it's sad that the man cannot go out for dinner with his friends without encountering idiots who, at the very least, want to wind him up with jibes about his ability to do his job.
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Mueller snubs United: Manchester United are set for disappointment over Bayern Munich's Thomas Mueller with the attacking midfielder not minded to leave Bayern and his club not willing to sell, according to The Guardian. There has also been a reeling in of interest in Cesc Fabregas, while new manager Louis van Gaal has ended the club's pursuit of Toni Kroos, Mueller's team-mate at club and international level.
Paper Round's view: Oh dear, this doesn't bode well. Kroos was a perfect fit for United yesterday, but apparently Van Gaal doesn't think so today. And Mueller and Bayern appear quite determined over the player's stay in Munich, so another exciting transfer target bites the dust. If Arjen Robben snubs United to make it three out of three for Bayern, and with Fabregas apparently preferring to move to Arsenal, United could well be facing another summer of discontent in the transfer market. Still, Luke Shaw's going to sign, isn't he. Isn't he?
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