Premier League - Paper Round: Khedira wants Arsenal move

Sami Khedira wants to sign for Arsenal; the Gunners' capture of Alexis Sanchez could spark a spending spree; Wilfried Bony is desperate to move to Liverpool; and Luis Suarez is to make one final bid to have his ban overturned - the main stories making headlines in today's newspapers.

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Khedira keen on Gunners move: Sami Khedira is pushing for a move to Arsenal, reports the Daily Mirror. The Germany international has rejected a contract offer from Real Madrid, according to reports in Spain, and is keen to swap the Spanish capital for the Emirates. It is believed that Khedira's compatriots Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker, already at Arsenal, could be instrumental in seeing the transfer through. A potential stumbling block in any deal is Khedira's wages though: he currently gets £150,000 a week and Arsenal would have to make him their highest earner if they are to bring him on board.

Paper Round's view: The Daily Mail had the line about Khedira's wages yesterday, but this latest report takes the story on a little bit by suggesting the player is keen to move to Arsenal. According to previous reports, he is available for £24m, and if Arsenal can justify paying him such high wages - there is nothing to suggest the newly free-spending Gunners would baulk at doing so - Khedira could well be playing in an Arsenal shirt next season.

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Sanchez arrival could herald Arsenal spending spree: The £33.8m signing of Alexis Sanchez could spark a spending spree at Arsenal, reports the Times. The paper claims that the Gunners could fork out another £30m this summer on a goalkeeper, holding midfielder and a defender.

Paper Round's view: There is no specific mention of Khedira in the report, but if he is indeed on Arsenal's radar, those numbers don't quite add up and a significant amount more than £30m will have to be spent if three more players are to be brought in. But there is a definite sense that Arsenal have thrown off the financial shackles and caution that had up until last summer made their lives difficult in the transfer market.

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Liverpool target Bony: Brendan Rodgers is continuing his summer revamp by looking at Swansea striker Wilfried Bony, reports the Daily Mirror. The Ivory Coast World Cup star has "told friends" he is desperate for Liverpool to make the £19m bid that will trigger his release clause. West Ham and Tottenham are also interested, although the price tag has already scared off the former.

Paper Round's view: With the money from the imminent sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, Liverpool are in a sound financial position this summer and they should not be put off by £19m for a player who scored 25 times in the Premier League last season. And having lost out to Arsenal over Alexis Sanchez, perhaps Bony is a more attainable, realistic target.

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Suarez to launch final appeal: Luis Suarez is considering making an audacious appeal against his record biting ban that, as things stand, will see him miss the a large chunk of the new campaign. The Daily Telegraph reports that the Uruguay striker, having seen the ban upheld by FIFA's appeal committee yesterday, will now take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in a final bid to be cleared to play at the start of next season. CAS has the power to quash FIFA's verdict while it also has the ability to suspend the punishment before it rules on his case, enabling Suarez to resume playing during the interim period. Suarez is on the verge of completing a £75m move to Barcelona.

Paper Round's view: While the report did admit that the player's lawyer refused to confirm that his client would attempt to exploit this legal loophole, you wouldn't put it past Suarez to try. If it means he can start the season for Barcelona, it must be worth a shot, even if it ends in failure. There are, of course, those who would suggest Suarez just sucks it up and accepts his punishment, given his whole-hearted apology that, funnily enough, ramped up negotiations between Liverpool and Barcelona. But then again, this is Luis Suarez we're talking about and his decision-making process does not always follow convention.

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Villa ward off interest in Vlaar: Aston Villa are to offer Ron Vlaar a bumper new contract to head off interest in the Netherlands World Cup hero. The Daily Star reports that outgoing Dutch coach Louis van Gaal is believed to be considering a bid for Vlaar as he looks to firm up Manchester United's defence while QPR are also "known" admirers.

Paper Round's view: Ron Vlaar, the world's greatest defender. Maybe not quite, but he did keep Lionel Messi firmly in his back pocket the other night, although a couple of decent - and one sensational - performances does not a world beater make. Still, he's Villa's captain, a solid enough performer and, given the current situation at the club, it's understandable they would want to keep him.

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