Paper Talk: June 8

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Chelsea have made a bid of £49.3m for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani after the Serie ‘A’ club rejected their first approach.

The Blues reportedly initially offered £25m plus Fernando Torres for the Uruguayan but Napoli are holding out for Cavani’s full £53m release clause. [Daily Mirror]

Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has opened the door to a potential move to Manchester United this summer.

The France international spoke of his admiration for the Old Trafford club, and for the team’s new manager David Moyes. [The Guardian]

Arsenal are edging closer to sealing their first big signing of the summer after it emerged Arsene Wenger has met Gonzalo Higuain and the player’s father in Paris.

The Argentine is free to leave Real Madrid and the report claims the Gunners are ready to spend up to £20m to win the race for his signature. [Daily Mirror]

Tottenham are readying an offer for Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez, who now appears set to leave the Champions League winners. Napoli and Bayer Leverkusen are both intrestered, but Spurs reportedly lead the chasing pack.

The report claims Andre Villas-Boas believes he can land the striker for £7m, and entice him to the club with £70,000-a-week wages. [Metro]

Bundesliga side Schalke are keen to take Cristian Tello on next season, according to reports in Germany.

The young La Masia graduate has fallen down the pecking order following the arrival of Neymar, and Barcelona could move him out on loan to improve his chances of first team football. [Voetbal Premeur]

Reports in Italy claim AC Milan are considering a massive £35m Manchester City offer for star forward Stephan El Shaarawy.

And the Serie ‘A’ giants will consider the offer, as they look to build for the future around Mario Balotelli. [La Gazzetta dello Sport]

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