Fabregas to United? The biggest talking point of the day is covered in every paper, with The Sun probably taking the story the furthest, claiming that Fabregas is keen on moving to United - if Barcelona agree to sell him. A source tells the paper that the Spain international "prefers" a move to Old Trafford over a return to Arsenal, who have first refusal on him if he ever leaves the Camp Nou. The Daily Telegraph says the Gunners are unlikely to stand in United's way though, as they have other targets, but a 'source' says in the Guardian that "the player is not transferable" anyway.
Paper Round's view: United's £26 million bid for Fabregas - which the papers claim will be rejected by Barca - came as a surprise, but the idea of the player leaving Barca is not hard to swallow. Competition in their midfield is intense, and Fabregas must surely crave regular first-team football ahead of next year's World Cup. Any deal happening appears to rest on Barcelona's shoulders.
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Fellaini to join Fabregas at United? Amid all the talk about Fabregas, it is widely reported that David Moyes has also targeted his former Everton charge Marouanne Fellaini, as he bids to create a new heart of United's midfield for next season. Interestingly, the Telegraph reports that the Belgian is "a fall back option should an unknown target prove beyond United’s reach".
Paper Round's view: Two goalscoring midfielders in one team? Either Fabregas or Fellaini would have to curb their attacking instincts if Moyes is successful in bringing the pair on board. Which begs the question: do United need both? The 'fall-back option' line seems the most plausible line about the interest in Fellaini.
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City close on Jovetic swoop? The Daily Mail reports that Manchester City are on the verge of completing the signing of Stevan Jovetic for £28m - an initial fee of £23m that could rise by £5m in bonus payments. City boss Manuel Pellegrini is also still hopeful over Alvaro Negredo, despite Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido standing firm in his valuation of the striker and saying there is now just a "one per cent" chance of a deal going through.
Paper Round's view: Will City be held to ransom over Negredo? Given their bottomless pockets they can afford to and considering the glaring lack of forward options following the departures of Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez, perhaps they should indeed dig deep to force through a deal.
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City keen to hang on to Kolorov? The Sun reports that Manchester City have told Aleksandar Kolarov he is not for sale, amid interest from Juventus and Inter Milan. Pellegrini is keen not to lose a second full-back this summer, having confirmed Maicon is on his way out of the Etihad door and headed for Roma, the paper claims.
Paper Round's view: Kolarov may not be first choice at left-back for City, but he is the kind of valuable and versatile squad player that will be sorely missed when gone. Pellegrini realises this.
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Madrid to make opening bid for Suarez? Real Madrid are poised to launch a move for Luis Suarez this week, following a summer of speculation over the Liverpool striker's future. This story appeared in the Daily Star yesterday but a report in today's Daily Mirror adds that a formal bid from the Spanish capital will consist of £10m plus Gonzalo Higuain (who is valued at around £20m). The paper says that offer will immediately be rejected by the Anfield club.
Paper Round's view: Suarez's future at Liverpool is clearly over, but it remains to be seen whether the club will accept less than the £40m his exit clause stipulates for a player whose heart lies elsewhere. Either way, at least the wheels have begun to turn on this one.