Paper Talk: 3 March

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Manchester City are set to turn to Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain in the summer.

The Argentine is out of favour at the Bernabeu, and could be tempted to link up with close friend Sergio Aguero in the Premier League. Roberto Mancini is also keeping tabs on Borussia Dortmund star Robert Lewandowski. [Sunday Mirror]

Real Madrid are ready to make a summer move for one Tottenham star – and it’s not Gareth Bale. The La Liga champions have their eye on Kyle Walker, after watching him closely over the past 18 months. Jose Mourinho’s side are looking for a replacement for Spain international Alvaro Arbeloa, and Spurs rate the full-back at £15m. [Sunday People]

Arsenal could be the subject of a sensational £1.5billion takeover by a Middle Eastern Investment group. The consortium have been working on a potential deal for the past four months, and are reportedly willing to clear the club’s £250m debts, provide a transfer kitty for new players and stop the future sale of Arsenal stars. [The Guardian]

Chelsea could be ready to turn to former-England manager Fabio Capello to salvage their season. Capello is currently managing the Russian national team, and the move would echo the arrival of Guus Hiddink in 2009 – the Dutchman was also manager of Russia when he joined Chelsea on a temporary basis. [Sunday Mirror]

Cristiano Ronaldo is willing to take a massive pay cut to rejoin Manchester United. Paris St Germain are prepared to put together a package worth £130m to tempt him to France, but Ronaldo is reportedly willing to return to Old Trafford for half that amount. United are willing to pay £60m to land the forward, and offer him wages to match the club’s highest earners – believed to be around £250,000-a-week. [The Sun]

Jordi Alba insists Barcelona will bounce back from defeat to Real Madrid. The Catalans lost their second El Clasico in the space of a week, going down 2-1 at the Bernabeu. []


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