Premier League - Paper Round: Chelsea will have to spend £80m on Rooney

Chelsea will have to fork out £80 million if they are to land wantaway striker Wayne Rooney, while Manchester United remain hopeful over Cesc Fabregas and Aston Villa target 'Baby Drogba' - here are the main transfer stories from today's newspapers.

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Manchester United's Wayne Rooney arrives at the Four Seasons hotel in Bangkok (AFP)

Chelsea to pay £80m for Rooney? The Rooney story is everywhere today, even taking over The Sun's front page, after he was left "angry and confused" by new United boss David Moyes. The same paper claims that Chelsea will have to stump up a total of £80m to snare the England striker - comprising a five-year deal on £200,000 a week, plus a £28m transfer fee. Meanwhile the Daily Mirror says Rooney feels he is being driven out of the club after five months of negativity which is tantamount to “constructive dismissal". Those quotes, however, are not sourced.

Paper Round's view: Rooney's United career is over. He wants to move to Chelsea. Chelsea want him at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have money. The only spanner in the works now is that United would probably prefer to sell Rooney to Arsenal, given that Chelsea are direct title rivals.

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United must break bank for Fabregas: Any money from the sale of Rooney would certainly come in handy for United, with the Daily Mirror reporting that it will take a club record bid to prise Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona. The paper notes that Barca are willing to sell the former Arsenal star while 'Old Trafford sources' have confirmed they are willing to go to £31m - topping the £30.8m they paid Spurs for Dimitar Berbatov in 2008 - to land the Spain midfielder.

Paper Round's view: Barca's official line remains that Fabregas is going nowhere and the player himself has said nothing to suggest he wants a move. But armed with the cash from Rooney's exit, and the promise of regular first-team football, there is no reason why United could not tempt both to alter their stances.

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Fellaini prefers United over Arsenal: Another man linked to United, Marouanne Fellaini, is set to snub Arsenal in favour of a move to Old Trafford, claims the Independent. The paper cites a report in the Evening Standard, which says the Everton midfielder has made United his first choice. The Indy adds that the presence of former Toffees boss David Moyes at United will tip the balance in their favour.

Paper Round's view: While United are Fellaini's first choice, it seems that Fabregas is United's preferred option, so the Belgian will have to sit tight and wait to see what happens there first.

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Villa target Gomis to replace Benteke: The Sun reports that Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is chasing Bafetimbi Gomis to replace Christian Benteke. The Lyon striker has been dubbed 'Baby Drogba', due to his awesome power and presence, the paper says, and Villa boss Paul Lambert is ready to bid £7m for his services.

Paper Round's view: With Shakhtar Donetsk also interested in the France international striker, who craves Champions League football, Villa will be up against it to persuade him to become part of Lambert's young project in the Midlands. Much will depend on how badly Gomis wants to play in the Premier League.

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Fulham to trump Palace in Odemwingie chase? Crystal Palace's bid to land Peter Odemwingie has come under threat from Fulham, according to the Daily Mirror. The newly-promoted side were hopeful of landing the Nigeria international, but following Shahid Khan's takeover at Fulham, the Cottagers have now joined the race.

Paper Round's view: Odemwingie, who is training away from his team-mates and certain to leave West Brom, will be keen to get his future sorted. Palace have dragged their heels over negotiations, leaving Fulham to capitalise if they can move quickly.

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