Suarez to Arsenal? Arsenal have made a £30m bid for Luis Suarez, says the Daily Telegraph. The paper says the offer, made last week, was immediately rejected and the relatively low valuation (£5m less than Liverpool paid for Andy Carroll) took many by surprise. Liverpool insist the Uruguayan striker is not for sale.
Paper Round’s view: Signing Suarez would be a major coup for Arsene Wenger, but he seems a long way from persuading Liverpool to part with their star man.
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Higuain to Arsenal stalling? Arsenal’s purchase of Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain looked a done deal, but an unexplained delay has got Gooners worried. And with good reason, claims The Sun, which cites unnamed, and indeed unquoted, Real Madrid sources as saying the player’s future is undecided. New Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti plans to meet Higuain to discuss his future.
Paper Round’s view: This one is just a truism - if Higuain hasn’t signed for Arsenal yet, his future must therefore be undecided. But the delay has got to be a concern.
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Barcelona reject Tottenham Villa bid: Tottenham’s efforts to sign David Villa from Barcelona are being frustrated by the Liga champions, whom the Times claims are refusing to accept an offer below £8.5m for Spain’s record goalscorer. This despite the fact the 31-year-old is entering the final year of his contract at the Camp Nou.
Paper Round’s view: While Villa will probably leave Barcelona, they are in no rush to accept a cut-price offer and this one may have some distance left to run.
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£12m Bony set for Swansea: The Daily Mail is among a a number of newspapers reporting that Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony is on the verge of a move to Swansea. The Mail quotes Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins as saying a deal could be done on Monday, while Bony’s blabbermouth agent Francis Kacou has let slip the club record £12m fee.
Paper Round’s view: This looks all but done. Bony scored 37 goals in 36 games for Vitesse last season, but this seems an expensive deal for Swansea,
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Villa slash Bent price tag: The Sun claims Aston Villa will accept as little as £5m for striker Darren Bent. Villa paid £18m for the then-England man in 2011, but are desperate to be rid of his £65,000-a-week wage bill. Nobody has made a serious bid yet, but the reduced price could tempt Newcastle, Hull and Fulham into a bid.
Paper Round’s view: Such has been Villa’s zeal in cutting their wage bill this sounds entirely plausible - and at £5m Bent could prove a bargain for somebody.
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Holt to Wigan: Several papers, including the Daily Mirror, say Grant Holt is set to leave Norwich for Wigan in a £2m deal. The striker is keen to move to the north-west after struggling to hold down a first-team place at the Canaries.
Paper Round’s view: Although Holt is dropping down a division, this move has been widely reported and all the pieces seem to fit.