Premier League - Paper Round: Bale 'interested' in United move

Gareth Bale is interested in joining Manchester United, despite Tottenham's assertions that he is not for sale, while an increased Arsenal bid for Luis Suarez still might not be enough - here are today's main transfer stories from the newspapers.

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Bale keen on United move? The Daily Star claim an exclusive today: Gareth Bale "is interested" in moving to Manchester United. The paper adds that the 23-year-old is attracted by the prospect of Champions League football, something he will not get at Spurs for a second season running. The Daily Telegraph, however, takes a different line, saying Spurs are relaxed about the situation, despite an imminent £60 million bid from Old Trafford, knowing that the winger is happy where he is.

Paper Round's view: The Star's report hasn't really got any meat on it - just the Champions League line - and smacks somewhat of pure speculation. The Telegraph's view seems the more likely version of events. Bale to stay put this summer.

Read the full story (Star).

Read the full story (Telegraph).

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Arsenal ready to make Suarez bid: Both the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail claim that Arsene Wenger has finally been given the green light to make a £40m bid for Luis Suarez - but The Sun reports that Arsenal have been now been told Liverpool want £55m for the wantaway striker.

Paper Round's view: Perhaps Liverpool are preying on an increasing fear at Arsenal that the Gunners could end the summer without any one of their top three targets: Suarez, Gonzalo Higuain and Wayne Rooney. With a fan backlash on the horizon, Wenger will be getting desperate soon - and that could mean he will pay Liverpool what they want for the Uruguyan.

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United will not sell Rooney: Talking of Rooney, Manchester United will refuse to sell him, even if he hands in an official transfer request after following club's insinuation that he is back-up to Robin van Persie. The Sun says United "will not be bullied into selling one of their prized assets" and that "Moyes is even planning ways to play his star strikers together". Meanwhile the Daily Mirror claims Chelsea are still poised to make a second offer of around £24m.

Paper Round's view: It's difficult to imagine a scenario where Rooney will stay at United if he is as "upset and angry" as reports this week have suggested. Without motivation to play and with bridges with fans well and truly burnt, the only way is out for Rooney. United will realise that soon enough (probably when a higher bid comes in).

Read the full story (Sun).

Read the full story (Mirror).

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Benitez launches bid for Reina: Napoli coach Rafael Benitez is to launch a bid to sign goalkeeper Pepe Reina after the Italian club failed to capture Julio Cesar, claims the Daily Mail. The paper says the signing of Simon Mignolet has cast doubt over Reina's future at Liverpool and Benitez, who first brought his fellow Spaniard to England when he was in charge at Anfield, is ready to capitalise on the uncertainty.

Paper Round's view: Reina's spell at Liverpool does indeed appear to be over and considering his relationship with Benitez - and his £110,000 per week wages - a move to Napoli could suit all parties.

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Spurs make second move for Soldado: The Daily Star claim Tottenham have made an improved offer of £20m for Valencia striker Roberto Soldado, having already had a £17m bid rejected by the Spanish club, who insist they will not discuss a deal until that figure reaches £30m. The paper adds that Spurs will double the player's wages in an effort to entice him to White Hart Lane.

Paper Round's view: Spurs know that Valencia are a club in need of money and despite the president of Los Che's claims about not needing to sell their best player, surely they would not turn up their noses at a deal somewhere between £20m and £30m. Hope for Spurs.

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City spree continues: The Independent cites "several respected sources in Portugal" which claim Manchester City have made a £25.8m bid for Benfica's Argentinian right winger Eduardo Salvio. The paper says the Portuguese club have already begun the task of replacing the 23-year-old, who is valued at £34.4m. The Independent says a "compromise would appear likely" though.

Paper Round's view: As respected as the paper's sources are, why would City want to spend around £30m on a player who does pretty much what Jesus Navas, who cost £17m last month, does? Strength in depth is one thing (as is the depth of City's pockets), but £30m on a squad player?

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