Bale move to Madrid is on: Once again it's all about Gareth Bale in today's papers, as a suggested move to Real Madrid apparently gathers pace. According to most publications, Bale met with Andre Villas-Boas after returning to training and told the Tottenham manager he wants to take the chance to play for Real Madrid. However, the value of the deal varies on which paper you read. The Daily Mirror says "chairman Daniel Levy will insist on a deal worth more than £90m - whether that is a straight-cash fee or players plus money", while the Guardian puts the figure at "more than £100m" and the Daily Star "£95m cash-plus-player". The Daily Mail, meanwhile, understands an £87m deal has been reached in principle and that it should be confirmed once Spurs have secured the signings they need to offset the loss of Bale. The name of Alvaro Morata features heavily in the stories, with the Spain U21 starlet widely touted as the man Levy has targeted as a makeweight. Fabio Coentrao, Luka Modric and Angel Di Maria are also mentioned.
Paper Round's view: It is looking increasingly likely that Real will, once again, get their own way in the transfer market and that the Bale-to-Madrid saga will soon be completed. But Spurs fans should not be too disappointed by Real's bullying, especially if Levy can squeeze every penny out of the Spanish club - and if they can snare Morata, who looks a hugely exciting prospect. If the deal does indeed go through, Spurs should be happy with their business.
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Spurs' deal for Soldado to be announced shortly: The Mirror reports that one of those signings Spurs need to go through before they allow Bale to leave is the acquisition of Valencia striker Roberto Soldado. And the paper claims a deal will officially be announced within 24 hours. The Guardian reports that Spurs are poised to break their transfer record for a second time this summer with a bid of £26m for the Spain international. Meanwhile, the Independent, along with other papers, carries quotes from Valencia president Amadeo Salvo, who has said "the agreement with Tottenham is total".
Paper Round's view: Soldado represents a fine example of what can be achieved with the money from Bale's sale. Yes, Spurs will miss Bale, but they can go on to achieve greater things with three or four players of that stature arriving at White Hart Lane.
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Barca back in for Luiz: Barcelona are poised to make a last-ditch bid for Chelsea’s £40m-rated defender David Luiz, according to the Daily Mirror. The paper claims that the Spanish giants will follow up their discreet enquiries if given any encouragement after reports of Bayern Munich sniffing around the Brazilian.
Paper Round's view: It's difficult to see this deal going through. Luiz just signed a new deal with Chelsea and has had assurances from Jose Mourinho as to his future at Stamford Bridge. And surely Barca won't go as high as £40m.
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United in for one final offer for Fabregas: Manchester United will make one final 'take it or leave it' offer - one that will rise beyond £35m with add-ons - for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas. The Daily Mail "understands Fabregas has told friends he would be open to the possibility of joining United and is keen to link up once more with former Arsenal team-mate Robin van Persie". Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror says Barca are considering allowing the player to buy out his own contract to circumvent the "fiendishly complicated clauses" pertaining to Arsenal's first option to re-sign him.
Paper Round's view: Barca have repeatedly insisted that Fabregas is going nowhere, while the player himself has remained tight-lipped. Even if Fabregas wanted to buy out his contract, it would cost in the region of £48m, which would be too much for United.
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Liverpool stand firm on Suarez: Brendan Rodgers is quoted as saying: “It’s a story that can keep running but for me there is no new news. Luis is happy. He totally understands the club’s point of view." But that's still enough for the Daily Star to run a news story on the Luis Suarez saga, the paper claiming Liverpool will not listen to any offers for their star striker.
Paper Round's view: Nothing new here, and the status quo remains: Suarez wants out, Liverpool want him to honour his contract. At the moment, the Uruguayan is staying at Anfield.
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Newcastle close on Gomis: Newcastle are closing on Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis thanks to the hardball tactics they have been playing with the French club, according to the Daily Mirror. Lyon rejected the Magpies' £7m offer just days ago, but the Ligue 1 giants are ready to make a dramatic u-turn and accept the bid due to their need for cash, the paper claims.
Paper Round's view: Gomis himself has claimed personal terms with Newcastle have already been agreed and if Newcastle's tough stance has indeed worked, it looks like Alan Pardew will bag his first signing of the summer.
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Deal for Bent collapses, Newcastle turn to Remy: Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph reports that Newcastle have turned their attentions to Loic Remy after a bid for Darren Bent collapsed. A loan deal is in the pipeline for the QPR striker, the paper reports, after Bent and his agent were left unimpressed following a meeting with Newcastle’s director of football Joe Kinnear, who suggested he would only offer Aston Villa £2m for the England international. Bent is now likely to join Fulham for nearer Aston Villa's £6m valuation.
Paper Round's view: How many new strikers does Pardew want? Papiss Cisse is going nowhere having settled his Wonga dispute and the Toon already have the Ameobi brothers and Yoan Gouffran. Add in Gomis and surely something has to give.
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