Arsenal interested in Mata: The Daily Mail has the story today that Arsene Wenger is being "kept updated" on Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata, whose future, the paper says, has been under scrutiny since Jose Mourinho's return. Chelsea have insisted the Spaniard is not for sale after it was reported that he might have been involved in a deal to bring Wayne Rooney to Stamford Bridge, but the Mail claims Arsenal could launch "an audacious swoop" should Chelsea decide to sell.
Paper Round's view: Audacious is one way of describing it, but really there is absolutely no indication that Chelsea would sell their best player. Why would they? Mata's future is hardly "under scrutiny" and this story can most likely be filed in the bin, next to the one about Robin van Persie making a sensational return to Arsenal.
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Arsenal close on Bernard: Meanwhile, the Gunners are closing on a deal to bring Atletico Mineiro midfielder Bernard to the Emirates. The Daily Mail reports that Arsenal have opened talks with the Brazilian club over a proposed £21 million move for the pint-sized playmaker, who has also attracted attention from Tottenham, Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Porto.
Paper Round: Considering Wenger's performance so far this summer in the transfer market, it's difficult to take any rumour seriously. Still, a move for Bernard would at least appear more plausible than the Mata story.
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United's Fabregas hopes increase/dashed: Depending on which paper you read, Manchester United's pursuit of Cesc Fabregas is either going swimmingly well or is dead in the water. The Sun's take on the news of Tito Vilanova's shock resignation as Barcelona coach is that the Catalan club is now in chaos, leaving United free to take advantage and poach the former Arsenal midfielder. Meanwhile, the Daily Mail say United's chances of landing the player have been "dealt a huge blow" after Barcelona rubbished the prospect of Fabregas leaving Camp Nou. And the Daily Mirror adds that Fabregas has been telling "pals" he will only return to the Premier League with Arsenal.
Paper Round's view: Who to believe? What could be key to any move now is how much influence Vilanova had on Fabregas in Barcelona. If Vilanova was a factor in the player wanting to stay, United could be encouraged. On the other hand, Fabregas might fancy his chances under a new Barca regime and welcome a change of coach.
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Where will Suarez end up? More conflicting stories over the future of Luis Suarez today, with the Daily Mirror reporting that the Uruguayan is ready to tell Liverpool he wants to join Arsenal, while The Sun claim Real Madrid are ready to dash the Gunners' hopes by launching a "double whammy" bid. The Mirror claims that Suarez had his heart set on Madrid but the Spanish giants are only prepared to pay £25m, yet The Sun says Real are prepared to offer £20m plus striker Gonzalo Higuain - another Arsenal target.
Paper Round's view: Suarez is on his way out of Liverpool and Real Madrid seem a better fit given his problems in England. Arsenal could well end up big, big losers in this saga.
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Liverpool make Ben Arfa enquiries: Liverpool have approached Newcastle over the acquisition of Hatem Ben Arfa, the Daily Star reports. The paper relays information from French paper L'Equipe, which says the Brendan Rodgers is keen on the France international, who could leave Newcastle this summer along with compatriot Yohan Cabaye.
Paper Round's view: The pair might net Newcastle in the region of £35m, but Alan Pardew would surely be loath to sanction their sales, even if Joe Kinnear's mispronunciation of their names indicated he has no time for them.
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Reina set for loan move: Moving yesterday's story which linked Rafael Benitez's Napoli with Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina, today the Guardian reports that the Spanish shot-stopper will move to the Serie A club on loan for a season.
Paper Round's view: Simon Mignolet's arrival at Anfield will undoubtedly force out Reina, who earns too much to be kept on the bench. With Benitez keen, a loan move seems a good option for all parties.
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