Premier League - Paper Round: Rooney to sign new United deal

Wayne Rooney is to be offered a new deal to stay at Manchester United; Chelsea line up Samuel Eto'o instead; and the Gareth Bale gets held up - here are the main transfer stories from today's papers.

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United to offer Rooney new deal: The Daily Mail reports that United will invite Rooney for contract talks this autumn if he continues to show the commitment to the club he has demonstrated since the start of the Premier League season. The paper says: "Certainly, some of Rooney’s team-mates have noticed a change in his attitude and demeanour since he returned to United action as a substitute in the opening win at Swansea 10 days ago. One senior player told friends over the weekend that Rooney 'has stopped moaning and started smiling again'."

Paper Round's view: It beggars belief that Rooney will be rewarded for his stance this summer, and it seems unlikely that his current £250,000-a-week will be matched or bettered. Instead, a performance-related deal is far more likely, giving rise to the possibility that Rooney may sit on his current deal and try to engineer a move elsewhere again next summer.

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Chelsea close on Eto'o: With their attempts to buy Rooney seemingly thwarted once and for all, Chelsea are turning their attentions to Anzhi Makhachkala striker Eto'o, and a deal should be completed within 48 hours, according to the Daily Mail. The Cameroon international will form part of the same £32m financial package that has already brought Willian, work permit pending, to Stamford Bridge from Anzhi.

Paper Round's view: Anzhi are desperate to offload their high-earning stars, and given the Rooney situation, Chelsea could do worse than picking up Eto'o. He's not Wayne Rooney, but he can certainly do a job for Jose Mourinho in the Premier League.

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Bale deal delayed by Spurs' move for Lamela: Bale's proposed move to Real Madrid is being held up by a complicated transfer chain involving Fiorentina’s Adem Ljajic and Roma’s Erik Lamela, the Daily Telegraph claims. Spurs do not want to allow Bale to leave before they have wrapped up a deal for Lamela, but Roma will not sell him until they have signed a replacement - namely Serbia international Ljajic.

Paper Round's view: It was never going to be easy, but at least Bale's transfer appears to be approaching a conclusion. The player himself seems to have burnt his bridges with Tottenham after he didn't turn up for training, so we can only hope there is no turning back now. Over to you, Adem Ljajic...

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United plot swoop for Luiz: The Daily Mirror reports that Manchester United are making a move to buy Chelsea defender David Luiz. The paper claims the champions would pay £30m for the Brazilian, who has also been a target for Barcelona this summer. "Moyes thinks the colourful character may not be a Mourinho-style player because he takes risks at the back, but would love to see him at the Old Trafford club," the report adds.

Paper Round's view: A deal for Luiz would represent something of a coup for United, although there has to be doubts over Chelsea's desire to sell to United, considering they have done their utmost to prevent Rooney moving the other way this summer.

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Chelsea close on Porto's Atsu: The Daily Mirror claims Chelsea are closing on Porto winger Christian Atsu, who has also attracted attention from Liverpool and Tottenham this summer. Liverpool failed to reach terms with the Portuguese club and the paper reports that the 21-year-old is now set to travel to Stamford Bridge for a medical and to discuss personal terms.

Paper Round's view: Do Chelsea really need another player who can play out wide. If Atsu arrived, Mourinho would have seven players capable of playing out there - Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Andre Schurrle, Juan Mata, Victor Moses, plus Willian, should he get his work permit. Can strength in depth ever be a bad thing? Maybe, if all seven aren't getting enough playing time.

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