The Spanish PR machine spins into overdrive to explain that despite Cesc Fabregas’ likely participation inÂ Arsenal’sÂ weekend friendly against Benfica the Spaniard is still heading to Barcelona.
Marca says that Cesc already has “half his suitcases packed” to move to Barcelona, while El Mundo Deportivo actually support Arsenal’s decision to play Cesc this weekend. “It is known that the intention of BarÃ§a is that Cesc will soon… compete in the Supercopa of Spain. Working and playing with the Gunners [this weekend should ensure he is] in top form to reach that first meeting with the Real Madrid next August 14 at the stadium Santiago Bernabeu.”
Thiago AlcÃ¡ntara is faced with the decision to commit his international future to either Spain or Brazil. (Marca)
Valencia have won the race to sign Sergio Canales on loan from Real Madrid. (Marca)
AS run with the headline “Benzema Metamorphosis!” saying that the Real Madrid striker has “changed his attitude” whilst looking thinner and moreÂ muscular this summer.
CorriereÂ dello Sport detail that Juventus are sizing up moves forÂ Yannik Djalo (Sporting Lisbon), Eljaro Elia (Hamburg) andÂ Diego Lugano (Fenerbahce).
GazzettaÂ dello Sport ponder whether a mega-bid from Manchester United can snareÂ Wesley Sneijder from Inter. Also floated is the possibility that Amauri will move to Palermo.
France Football say that Lyon are trailingÂ Brazilian Fernando da Conceicao Amorim and Wolfsburg are interested inÂ David Trezeguet.
L’Equipe say that Arsene Wenger would consider selling Samir Nasri if Juan Mata can be tied up as a replacement.
Wolfsburg are closing in on Papiss Demba Cisse for 12 million euros. (Bild)
Swansea wantÂ FC Utrecht keeper Michel Vorm. (Telegraaf)
DH table the possibility thatÂ Romelu Lukaku could today officially join Chelsea afterÂ Anderlecht sporting director Herman van Holsbeeck reportedly flew to London on Thursday.
Rest of the World
Harry Kewell is linked with a move toÂ the Melbourne Victory. (Aftonbladet)