United target Fellaini after admitting defeat over Fabregas: Everton midfielder Fellaini's distinctive hairdo is splashed all over the Daily Mirror's back page today as United boss David Moyes returns to the club he left last summer for the Belgian. The move, the paper says, signals the end of United's chase for Fabregas, who is set to pledge his future to Barcelona on Thursday.
Paper Round's view: Fellaini would certainly bring something to United that they don't have already, and Moyes knows the player - and his club - well. But before the champagne corks are popped at the prospect of United finally doing some business for a player we've heard of this summer, his buy-out clause of £23.5 million could prove prohibitive. That means a whole load of wrangling could ensue. And let's not forget, Fellaini is no Fabregas.
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Suarez claims Liverpool promised he could leave: Two papers, the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian, have spoken to Suarez in the Uruguayan's first big interview this summer, during which he claims Liverpool promised he could leave the club for Champions League football. He also told the papers that he will hand in a transfer request before the end of the week if Liverpool do not clear the way for him to move to Arsenal.
Paper Round's view: Suarez realises that the only way out for him at the moment is to hand in a transfer request and forgo whatever benefits he would otherwise have been entitled to. And that can only be good news for anyone who is tiring of this saga.
Rooney to look abroad: Wanataway Manchester United star Rooney will seek a move abroad if he cannot engineer a move to Chelsea this summer, the Daily Mail reports. Like Suarez, Rooney is expected to submit a formal transfer request this week in a bid to force through a move to Stamford Bridge, but United are maintaining their hard-line stance that they will not sell to a Premier League rival. That could leave Rooney with no option but to move abroad, assuming his career at United is over, which it certainly seems to be.
Paper Round's view: All well and good, but which continental teams would be willing to take Rooney now? Paris St-Germain were said to be interested at the beginning of the summer, but they have since signed Edinson Cavani. Another cash-rich French club - Monaco - could probably afford him but have signed Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez. Bayern Munich have said they will not spend again this summer, while the two Spanish protagonists Barcelona and Real Madrid, don't really have any need for Rooney. He must hope that Moyes caves in before too long.
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Bale will cost Madrid £200m: The Daily Telegraph has been crunching some numbers and reports that Gareth Bale's proposed world-record move to Real Madrid will cost the Spanish club around £200 million all up. That breaks down with £104m for the transfer and £94 million in wages over a proposed six-year contract. Meanwhile the Daily Mirror reports that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is due to hold showdown talks with Madrid in the next 24 hours in Miami. The paper says though that Spurs have admitted defeat and are resigned to losing their best player. The club have already removed his image from the club's official Twitter home page, the paper adds.
Paper Round's view: Levy is certainly playing hardball over Bale, although £200m does seem a bit steep, even for a club like Madrid who have never had problems in spending money that isn't theirs in the past. However, it's difficult to see this deal not being concluded now.
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Barca still chasing Luiz: The Daily Mail reports that Barcelona are refusing to give up on David Luiz, with football director Raul Sanllehi travelling to London to "set the wheels in motion" over a transfer. Chelsea have already slapped a £40m price tag on the Brazilian's head in an effort to ward off the Spanish club, but the report claims that Barca believe Luiz is keen to join them and press further once Chelsea return from their US tour at the weekend. The paper adds that Liverpool defender Daniel Agger remains a fall-back option for Barca.
Paper Round's view: It's not clear from the article whether but it's difficult to imagine Barca intend upping their bid towards the £40m mark. If Luiz is as valuable to Jose Mourinho's squad as such a price tag indicates, then he won't be going anywhere this summer.
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