Madrid turn to Suarez: With a deal for Bale expected to be finalised by Tuesday, reports the Daily Star, Real Madrid are set to follow up the Welshman's signing with the capture of Suarez. The paper "understands" that Liverpool expect to receive a formal offer from Madrid next week, and should a deal go through, it would allow the Spanish giants to cash in on Ronaldo, who is stalling on signing a new deal at the Bernabeu and is the subject of an £80m bid from United.
Paper Round's view: Reports earlier in the week suggested Suarez was secretly holding out for Real Madrid to come in for him and given his 'issues' with England, it's plausible that he would indeed jump at the chance to move to Madrid. Whether Real are looking to cash in on Ronaldo, and therefore seeking a replacement forward, is more debatable.
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Wenger brands Bale deal a 'joke': Meanwhile, most papers go big on Arsene Wenger's quotes about the Bale deal, which the Arsenal manager says has made a joke of the new financial fair play rules. The Daily Mirror's headline is rather attention-grabbing - 'Bale is a joke' - while the Daily Mail gives details of the proposed deal - a world record £87 million bid and a basic wage of £165,000 a week plus bonuses and image rights.
Paper Round's view: It's difficult to argue with Wenger's assessment of the situation - football does indeed seem to have gone "completely crazy" this summer, as the Gunners boss put it. It remains to be seen, however, how Real's expenditure will compare to the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco.
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Defoe wanted by QPR: Jermain Defoe has emerged as a target for QPR boss Harry Redknapp, the striker's former boss at West Ham, Portsmouth and Tottenham. The Daily Mirror claims that Redknapp wants his former charge at Loftus Road as he bids to take the Hoops straight back into the Premier League. Redknapp will face competition from Stoke manager Mark Hughes, the report adds.
Paper Round's view: Spurs' signing of Roberto Soldado means Defoe is likely to warm the bench this season, so a move elsewhere would likely be of interest to the England marksman. However, given that Defoe has designs on forcing his way back into the England fold ahead of the World Cup, a drop down to the Championship does not represent an ideal move.
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Newcastle agree fees for strike duo: Newcastle have agreed fees for both Bafetimbi Gomis and Loic Remy, reports the Daily Mirror. Gomis will cost the Magpies £7m - with another £1.6m to potentially follow, based on incentives - while Remy will join on a season-long loan, at a cost of £1.8m, to cover the new season, ahead of a permanent £7m move next summer.
Paper Round's view: Newcastle are the only Premier League club yet to get a player to sign on the dotted line this summer, so the signings of the France internationals will come as a relief, even if their striking ranks look rather bloated now.
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Newcastle turn attention to McCarthy: Newcastle have made an approach for Wigan midfielder James McCarthy as they prepare for the possibility of losing their vice-captain Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain, according to the Independent. The paper claims that the Latics want around £20m for the Republic of Ireland international, but Newcastle and fellow admirers Everton believe he can be signed for significantly less.
Paper Round's view: McCarthy deserves to remain a Premier League player, so of course there is no reason why he would not jump at the chance to move to St James' Park.
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Barca deliver blow to United's Fabregas chase: Barcelona coach Tata Martino has delivered another blow to Manchester United's hopes of landing Cesc Fabregas, reports the Daily Mail. The new Blaugrana boss is quoted as saying: "I would prefer that Cesc stays with us. In fact I'll be bold enough to say that he is going to stay. This isn't me being over-confident just what I hope will happen."
Paper Round's view: Nothing new here. As long as Martino gets asked about Fabregas he will reply in the same fashion. And Fabregas looked very much a Barca player as he scored twice in their pre-season friendly win over Santos.
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Dempsey close to Seattle move: Clint Dempsey is near to sealing a move from Tottenham to Seattle Sounders, reports the Daily Mail. The Daily Mirror adds that LA Galaxy have expressed a late interest in the US international, and he is expected to confirm a move back to the States in the next few days.
Paper Round's view: With Spurs bringing in several new faces this summer, Dempsey probably knows his time is up at White Hart Lane.
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