WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

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Papers: D-day on Fellaini

24/07/2013 09:10

The Sun's Neil Custis writes...

United D-day on Fellaini

David Moyes has a week to decide whether to sign Marouane Fellaini. The Everton star has a buyout clause of £22million — but that only stands until July Then Moyes’ old club will be able to name their price and it will undoubtedly go up. Manchester United manager Moyes has been knocked back once by Everton this summer after making a £12m bid for left-back Leighton Baines. Now he is concentrating on getting midfield ace Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona. That is looking a forlorn hope with two bids being turned down — including a club-record £31m offer. United are now considering one more bid of £35m. Moyes is keen to strengthen with some big signings as the new season approaches and wants bodies in. This means he may now switch his main focus to triggering the release clause in Fellaini’s contract.

The Independent says new Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has made it his top priority to persuade Cesc Fabregas not to leave Camp Nou. But the papers' Spain-based journalist Pete Jensen writes: "Sources close to the former Arsenal midfielder suggest his head has been turned by interest from United to the extent that he is “considering his future” after they were understood to have made another offer."

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