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Regional Paper Talk: Blues close on Cesc

Chelsea are on the verge of signing Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas for £27m, Davide Santon could leave Newcastle and QPR want Rafael van der Vaart.

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Cesc Fabregas: Set to join Chelsea

Cesc Fabregas: Set to join Chelsea

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Chelsea expect to complete the £27m signing of Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas as soon as the Catalan giants conclude a deal for his replacement Ivan Rakitic.

The pitch on which England will play their World Cup opener against Italy is in a shocking condition just three days before kick off.

Chelsea full back Cesar Azpilicueta insists he is ready to fight Filipe Luis for a starting role in Chelsea's first team should the left back complete his switch from Atletico Madrid as expected.

Real Sociedad winger Carlos Vela is set to rejoin Arsenal this summer, according to the Spanish club's president.

Mauricio Pochettino wants Emmanuel Adebayor to be a key part of his plans during his first season as Tottenham head coach.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj is primed to follow in the footsteps of Norman Whiteside and Wayne Rooney when he turns out for Belgium at the World Cup.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero goes into the World Cup finals seething with deadly intent and a sense of curtailed ambition.

Manchester United have suffered a transfer blow with the news that striker Thomas Muller has extended his Bayern Munich contract.

Goalkeeper Joe Hart insists Manchester City's second title proves they are here to stay.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Liverpool's summer squad re-shape is set to gather pace, with a number of fringe players expected to leave Anfield in the coming weeks. And first among them could be the young trio of Suso, Samed Yesil and Luis Alberto.

Anfield stadium could become one of Liverpool's most exclusive addresses - for half of Merseyside at least - as plans were outlined to build executive apartments within the Reds' rebuilt ground.

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard is refusing to be fazed by the challenges facing the USA in Brazil as he declared: "We can create magic moments."

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Pavel Srnicek says Newcastle's top brass must ease crowd unrest with more new signings, iron out any dressing-room spats and make peace with both the Supporters Trust and the local media.

Sunderland will play in an all-new 'sharp blue' adidas away kit in 2014-15, which goes on sale on June 27.

THE JOURNAL

Swansea City boss Garry Monk is keen to keep hold of Sunderland target Ki Sung-Yeung - if the Korean agrees.

Newcastle United are ready to promote Massadio Haidara to become their first choice left-back next season, which will open the door for Davide Santon to leave the club this summer.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

The prospect of Ki Sung-Yueng returning to Wearside next season has receded with Swansea boss Garry Monk suggesting the South Korean is part of his plans.

Newcastle United will step up their bid to offload Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa this summer - but may need to send him on loan.

Sunderland will not let unsettled Nacho Scocco leave on the cheap. The Argentinian striker spoke in his homeland last week about his readiness to return to South America after a lacklustre few months on Wearside.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Birmingham City are on the verge of completing two more summer signings. Wes Thomas and David Edgar are both close to finalising Bosman free transfers to St Andrew's.

EXPRESS & STAR

Former Wolverhampton defender John De Wolf on Wednesday gave new Dutch signing Rajiv van la Parra a glowing endorsement of Wolves.

West Brom look set to open contract talks with the former Tottenham chief after he emerged as the No.1 candidate following the completion of interviews last night.

THE SENTINEL

Stoke City will not jump the gun to fill in one of Britannia Stadium's open corners, insists chief executive Tony Scholes.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

QPR will have to battle Besiktas if they want to bring £3million rated Rafael van der Vaart back to London from Hamburg.

SOUTH LONDON PRESS

Julian Speroni is set to end uncertainty over his future by signing a new 12-month contract at Crystal Palace.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Swansea have been linked with a season-long loan move for highly-rated Manchester City starlet Emyr Huws.

THE DAILY ECHO

Roy Hodgson is refusing to reveal whether Adam Lallana will get a coveted spot in the England team for their World Cup opener against Italy on Saturday.

HULL DAILY MAIL

Hull City have launched an ambitious bid to sign Manchester City and England defender Joleon Lescott.

NOTTINGHAM POST

Stuart Pearce made it his number one priority to add to Nottingham Forest's attacking arsenal this summer. Coach Brian Eastick says the Reds will continue to work to add more firepower to their ranks after signing Matty Fryatt - and still hope Dutchman Lars Veldwijk will join.

LEICESTER MERCURY

Leicester City are believed to be in the hunt for Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar - who currently plays for Ligue 1 side FC Lorient.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Sean Dyche is preparing to sign an extended contract with Burnley this summer after positive talks over a new deal.

BLACKPOOL GAZETTE

Jose Riga signed a contract to become Blackpool's new manager late last night before getting straight to work on building a new squad.

THE STAR

James Wallace has moved a step closer towards joining Sheffield United after sources in the North-West last night claimed that Tranmere Rovers are close to accepting the League One club's offer for the talented midfielder.

DONCASTER FREE PRESS

Doncaster's scheduled press conference to announce the proposed takeover of the club by Louis Tomlinson and John Ryan has been cancelled.

READING POST

The future of Reading FC is now in the hands of Vibrac, an offshore lending company. The corporation, located in the British Virgin Islands, are owed more than £10million by cash-strapped Royals.

THE ARGUS

Christian Walton wants to press his claims to rise up Brighton and Hove Albion's goalkeeping pecking order amid interest from the Premier League.

BOURNEMOUTH ECHO

Captain Tommy Elphick is adamant Cherries' sought-after stars can realise their Premier League ambitions by staying put - despite the departure of star striker Lewis Grabban.

EVENING TIMES

Partick Thistle have completed the signing of former Hearts star Ryan Stevenson on a two-year deal.

THE SCOTSMAN

Rangers chiefs are exploring the possibility of another share issue, as the club's bosses fret over the lack of season ticket sales.

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