Rooney will consider Arsenal move: Wayne Rooney will consider moving to Arsenal - but only if a deal with Chelsea falls through, according to the Daily Mail. The paper claims that the unsettled Manchester United striker dreams of playing under Jose Mourinho but also respects Arsene Wenger. United are standing firm over their line that Rooney is not for sale, but the paper says the player is still hopeful a deal with Chelsea can be struck. If not, Arsenal would be his next choice.
Paper Round's view: Under Mourinho, Chelsea are bona fide title rivals of United's, but would an Arsenal side containing Rooney not be considered in the same bracket? Surely they would, so why would United sell to Arsenal, but not to Chelsea?
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Fabregas signing to trigger Rooney sale: The Daily Star reports that United are waiting to complete the signing of Cesc Fabregas before allowing Rooney to leave Old Trafford. Starsport "understands" the champions have told Chelsea to hold off making a second bid for Rooney until they have made a marquee signing.
Paper Round's view: United - and David Moyes - certainly need a marquee signing but there is no guarantee at all that they will land Fabregas. Are United really willing hold on to an unhappy Rooney if they don't get the Spaniard?
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Real Madrid step up chase for Bale: Reports in Spanish newspaper Marca claim that a deal has been done between Real Madrid and Tottenham for Gareth Bale. The Sun (back to normal after yesterday's temporary name change to The Son) relays the information to British readers, doing the maths to come up with a staggering total figure of £131 million for the deal, comprising of an £80m transfer fee and a £51m wage package over six years. The deal has been agreed in principle, say Marca, although Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas remains steadfast in his denial.
Paper Round's view: £80m? Just like Manchester United with Cristiano Ronaldo several years ago, surely that is too much to resist, irrespective of the player's standing within the club. Yet do Real really need another forward-thinking wide man? They already have Ronaldo as well as Angel Di Maria. Indeed, perhaps the Portuguese is the key to this deal - United reportedly want to take him back to OId Trafford and should they succeed in doing so, that would open up a space for Bale at the Bernabeu.
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Arsenal make £40m plus a pound offer for Suarez: Most papers have the story of Arsenal making a £40,000,001 bid for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. The Sun calls the move "cocky", the Daily Mirror "stunning and cheeky" and the Daily Telegraph "cheeky and audacious". The reason for the unusual offer is to trigger a clause in the Uruguayan's contract, and now the bid has been lodged, the Anfield club are compelled to consider it and then tell Suarez. The papers report that the bid was instantly turned down, with the Guardian saying Liverpool have scheduled a meeting with Suarez for after the game with Melbourne Victory later today, when they will inform him officially of the bid. The Daily Mail reports that Suarez looked "disinterested" and "unsettled" in training at the MCG.
Paper Round's view: Suarez, of course, is well aware of Arsenal's interest in him, while Liverpool have made it clear that they want more in the region of £55m for the player they rate as highly as Edinson Cavani. However, Arsenal may have shot themselves in the foot here. Their cheeky offer may well have only served to antagonise Liverpool, who reportedly preferred a deal with Real Madrid in the first place, and could now stonewall the Gunners and look instead to the Spanish club to up their offer.
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United to make decision on Fellaini: The Daily Mail reports that Manchester United boss David Moyes has a week to decide whether to sign Marouane Fellaini from his former club Everton. The Belgium international has a buyout clause in his current contract at Goodison Park, but it expires on July 31. After that date, the paper points out, Everton will be able to name their price, which will undoubtedly be higher than the stated £22m.
Paper Round's view: United are reportedly plotting a third bid for Fabregas, but should that fail Fellaini seems to be a decent enough alternative. A deal would certainly be more straightforward, considering the clause in his contract and the ties between United and Everton.
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Path cleared for Toon to sign Bent: Newcastle are in the clear to sign Darren Bent after Fulham withdrew from the race to bag the Aston Villa striker, reports The Sun. The Cottagers were put off by Bent's £80,000 a week wages, leaving Newcastle favourites to land him for £5m.
Paper Round's view: Bent is on his way out of Villa after Christian Benteke's u-turn and the club's reported interest in Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis. And Newcastle's need for a proven striker may well have just deepened after news that Papiss Cisse was spotted in a casino.
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