Spain’s positive spin on Cesc playing for Arsenal, Wenger may sell Nasri to get Mata, & Juve look at Djalo, Elia & Lugano

Cesc Fabregas

The Spanish PR machine spins into overdrive to explain that despite Cesc Fabregas’ likely participation in Arsenal’s 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 Barça 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 Alcántara 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 more muscular this summer.


Corriere dello Sport detail that Juventus are sizing up moves for Yannik Djalo (Sporting Lisbon), Eljaro Elia (Hamburg) and Diego Lugano (Fenerbahce).

Gazzetta dello Sport ponder whether a mega-bid from Manchester United can snare Wesley Sneijder from Inter. Also floated is the possibility that Amauri will move to Palermo.


France Football say that Lyon are trailing Brazilian Fernando da Conceicao Amorim and Wolfsburg are interested in 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 want FC Utrecht keeper Michel Vorm. (Telegraaf)


DH table the possibility that Romelu Lukaku could today officially join Chelsea after Anderlecht sporting director Herman van Holsbeeck reportedly flew to London on Thursday.

Rest of the World

Harry Kewell is linked with a move to the Melbourne Victory. (Aftonbladet)