Monster Bale deal agreed: The Daily Mirror has a great back page today, with the headline shouting: '£105,000,000: The most expensive player in history', alongside a photo of Bale. The paper reports that Real Madrid claim they have sealed a world-record accord with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy for the Welsh ace. Levy wants any cash offer to exceed £80m before any players - such as Fabio Coentrao, Luka Modric, Angel Di Maria and Alvaro Morata - are included as makeweights.
Paper Round's view: Such is the Spanish club's might in the transfer market, it's been on the cards, but if this figure proves correct, it is a staggering amount to pay for one player, regardless of talent or potential. Still, Spurs will be laughing all the way to the bank, and Madrid never seem to miss a bob or two. Just Bale's happiness is in the balance.
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Ronaldo on verge of rejoining United: Bale's imminent signing for Madrid is tied up with Manchester United's pursuit of Ronaldo, the Daily Star claims. In a 'world exclusive', the paper reports that United and Real are "locked in advanced talks" and "have spent the past 12 days negotiating an £80m package", after David Moyes made an enquiry two weeks ago - and found the Spanish club open to negotiations. The Star adds that Ronaldo’s departure would explain why Real are prepared to break the world record to ensure they clinch the signing of Bale.
Paper Round's view: Madrid are certainly intent on getting Bale, and should the Welshman arrive at the Bernabeu, it does beg the question: is there room for both players? Ronaldo loves being the star attraction and with Bale around perhaps he would lose that mantle. A move back to United would ensure he would be top billing once again.
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Rooney to gauge fans' reaction: Wayne Rooney will let Manchester United fans act as judge and jury over his Old Trafford future, the Daily Mail claims. United are set to meet AIK Stockholm in Sweden next Wednesday and Sevilla at Old Trafford for Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial three days later and Rooney hopes to see how fans react to him before making a decision on his future. If there is no backlash Rooney may tell Moyes he is prepared to stay, the report says.
Paper Round's view: Bye bye Wayne.
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Suarez still wants move: Luis Suarez is refusing to give up on a £40m move to Arsenal, reports the Daily Mirror. The player's agent has told Liverpool that his client is "frustrated, wants to quit and feels let down over what he thought were promises to sell him if the Reds missed out on the coming season's Champions League" the paper claims. It adds that Suarez is determined to force a move to Arsenal but also secretly harbours hopes that Real Madrid may come in for him.
Paper Round's view: You can't help but get the feeling that Suarez will not be shy about playing hardball with Liverpool in a bid to engineer a move elsewhere. There won't be a quick end to this one.
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Spurs look to splash cash: Tottenham could add to their record signing Roberto Soldado with the likes of Loic Remy, Miralem Pjanic, Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela or Javier Pastore, claims the Daily Mirror. In what the paper labels a "sensational supermarket sweep", Spurs will turn their attentions to bringing in as many top players as they can before the transfer window shuts.
Paper Round's view: The fallout from the sale of Bale need not be negative for Spurs. Armed with such a huge amount of cash, they can essentially pick up four world class players - any of the above would be welcome additions to Andre Villas-Boas's squad.
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Barca eye up Agger: Having been frustrated in their attempts to sign David Luiz from Chelsea, Barcelona have turned their attentions back towards Liverpool stopper Daniel Agger. The Daily Mirror reports that the Spanish giants have already been knocked back once by the Anfield club but will return for him, knowing that he will cost a fraction of the price put on Luiz's head by Chelsea.
Paper Round's view: Agger's no Luiz but, surrounded by the quality of other players at the Nou Camp, he could be a success at Barca. Certainly, it would be a great move for him.
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