Premier League - Paper Round: English giants in for Fabregas?

The front page of the Mail on Sunday is getting plenty of attention this morning, what with its claims of an explosive political love affair - but to geeks like Paper Round, it's the appearance of Cesc Fabregas in the back pages that really gets the juices flowing.

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Cesc Fabregas, Barcelona (Getty)

Fabregas has failed to establish himself as a key player for Barcelona despite a decent two-year spell since joining from Arsenal.

The 26-year-old has been used in an increasingly attacking role - one that could be compromised by the impending arrival of Brazilian superstar Neymar.

Should Barca fail to convince Fabregas over his future, a host of top clubs are ready to swoop.

Arsenal have a buy-back clause of around £25m, but such is the interest the Spaniard could be persuaded to go elsewhere.

The Mail says Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are also interested in Fabregas - and frankly why wouldn't they be?

It is thought that Fabregas's preference is to stay put, but the £50m arrival of Neymar could spark a transfer battle royal for the World Cup winner's signature.

We get the feeling you'll be seeing a lot of Luis Suarez in these pages this summer.

Despite Liverpool's insistence that their star player is not for sale, rumours continue to swirl, fuelled by Suarez's own admission that he would find Real Madrid tough to turn down.

This morning's twist comes courtesy of the Mail on Sunday, which reports that Real's bid for Suarez could be gazumped by neighbours Atletico Madrid.

The Mail reasons that Atleti's coffers have been bolstered by the £50m sale of Radamel Falcao to Monaco, and will spend the proceeds on Suarez.

Paper Round isn't too sure about this - Falcao is actually owned by a third party. That means that Atletico (who paid less than half of the quoted £35m fee to bring him to the Vicente Calderon) will see only a fraction of the dosh Monaco shelled out.

So £50m to spend on a striker? It seems unlikely.

The Mail goes on to suggest that Suarez's fate hangs on that of his fellow Uruguayan Edinson Cavani.

The Napoli star is reportedly Real Madrid's first choice as they try to boost their attacking options, meaning the club's president Florentino Perez would only turn to Suarez if Cavani goes elsewhere - Manchester City, for example.

The Sunday Times, however, maintains that Gareth Bale is Real's main target, and they would be pay as much as £85m for the Tottenham man.

Although, as the Sunday Telegraph reports, Tottenham are adamant both publicly and privately that Bale is not for sale, a world record transfer fee would certainly test their resolve.

Complicated - and unlikely to get sorted out any time soon.

The transfer web spreads further with The Sun's report that Atletico Madrid have set their sights somewhat lower than Suarez, and will instead go for Arsenal's Lukas Podolski.

The German international has dropped out of Arsene Wenger's first team, and a move could suit all parties as the Gunners line up a major summer move.

Which brings us to Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, an object of affection for both Arsenal and Tottenham according to the Sunday Express.

The Belgian's storming first Premier League season has got a host of top clubs interested - though considering the premium usually attached to proven goalscorers, the quoted £15m price tag seems a bit skinny.

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