Barton will take pay-cut to sign for Everton: Joey Barton is desperate to play for his beloved Everton - and will take a pay cut to make it happen, reports the Daily Mirror. The paper claims that the fiery Scouser's agent has been in touch with new Everton manager Roberto Martinez to see if a move is possible. Barton, who was out on loan with Marseille last season, is still contracted to QPR and could even play in the Championship side's first game of the season on Saturday.
Paper Round's view: Barton's too good to be playing the Championship, but there are fears his past behaviour may well have ruled him out of a return to the English top flight. However, halving his wages to around £35,000 a week makes him a risk worth taking for Martinez.
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Suarez will cost Arsenal £55m - Luis Suarez has dropped his pursuit of arbitration as a means of leaving Liverpool for less, meaning Arsenal will to pay £55m if they still want the Uruguay striker, reports the Mirror. Suarez now accepts that the Anfield club are not obliged to sell for him for any price, the reports says, leaving Arsenal to meet the Merseysiders' valuation of the player if they are to force a move to the Emirates. Even then, Liverpool have no desire to sell to a Premier League rival, so the paper goes on to suggest three remaining options for Suarez to engineer the move: 1) Arsenal submit a monster bid that Liverpool cannot refuse; 2) Do 'a Tevez' and go on strike; 3) Hope for a foreign club to bid.
Paper Round's view: 1) How high can Arsene Wenger really go? 2) Not advisable - it didn't really work out for Tevez, did it? 3) Probably the best option for all concerned, given Suarez's dislike of the conditions he has to live under in England. The only problem is that Real Madrid were the only club in the running and they appear to have cooled their interest.
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Spurs want Modric and world record fee for Bale: Yesterday, Luka Modric was heading to Manchester United if they failed to lure Cesc Fabregas to Old Trafford. Today, the little Croat is the makeweight in a deal that would see Real Madrid break the world transfer record to get their hands on Tottenham ace Gareth Bale. That's according to the Mirror again, although most papers have stories of Real's pursuit of the Welshman - and quotes from Zinedine Zidane on the matter. The Sun, meanwhile, cites a "source" over reports that Bale is now valued at a staggering £125m: "Daniel (Levy, Spurs chairman) is only interested in what’s best for Tottenham: If he can’t keep the player, which we must not forget he still wants to, then he’s going to make Real pay a very heavy price."
Paper Round's view: It's not difficult to understand Spurs' reluctance to do business with Real, not least given last summer's bitter sale of Modric, but when nine-digit figures are being talked about, there really is only one option: sell.
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Tottenham to join Suarez race: The Daily Mail adds something to the Bale story by claiming that Tottenham will turn their focus to Suarez if Bale heads to Madrid. The paper calls it "a surprising development", and adds that "the fact Suarez is considering a move to another English club will encourage Tottenham but they know their biggest problem in attracting the Uruguayan is their lack of Champions League football".
Paper Round's view: Surprising indeed, to the point that it's rather difficult to believe. Spurs will be cash rich, but why would Suarez move to a club that will not be playing Champions League football, when that is one of the main reasons he is leaving Liverpool?
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Bayern quit Luiz race: Bayern Munich have pulled out of the bidding for Chelsea defender David Luiz after the Blues told the European champions the Brazilian would cost them £60m, The Sun reports. The Daily Mail, however, reports that Bayern dropped out because new boss Pep Guardiola is happy with what he has already - and with no mention of a £60m deal, the paper claims that Barcelona have been left with a "a clear run" at the £40m-rated player.
Paper Round's view: Clearly, £60m is way too much to pay for a defender, even one of Luiz's quality and even in these times of bloated transfer fees. £40m may be more like it, but if Chelsea won't sell to Bayern for that amount, Barca will be left disappointed too.
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Nani hints at United stay: The Sun reports that Nani has suggested he wants to stay at Manchester United, despite interest from Monaco. The winger is in the final year of his contract at Old Trafford and the French side are keen to sign him for an £8.5m fee and offer a three-year deal, the paper claims.
Paper Round's view: Bad news for United fans who have tired of Nani's underachievement over the years, although the Portuguese's desire to impress new manager David Moyes is entirely understandable. The question is though, how does Moyes rate Nani?
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