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18/07/2013 09:50 BST | Updated 18/07/2013 09:54 BST

Transfer Talk: Real Madrid Prepare Bid For Sergio Agüero

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Argentina's Sergio Aguero gestures during the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 qualifying match against Colombia at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires, on June 7, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Alejandro PAGNI (Photo credit should read ALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP/Getty Images)

Metro say Real Madrid are preparing to bid for Manchester City striker Sergio Agüero just as Alvaro Negredo is about to arrive at the Etihad Stadium.

Agüero admitted last year he was prepared to cross the city divide and join Real from Atlético in 2011, and he may yet get his chance to stride out in the all-white kit.

Cesc Fàbregas is the reason behind Ed Woodward's "urgent" departure from Sydney to Europe, as Manchester United bid to wrap up a deal for the midfielder.

Barcelona haven't actually rejected the Barclays Premier League champions' £26 million offer and though coach Tito Vilanova said the Spaniard wants to stay, the reality is Fàbregas is actually open to joining United.

The big problem is whether Barça actually sanction a second Masia midfielder's exit this summer. If they do, it obviously won't go down well with Culés smarting from Thiago Alcântara's transfer to Bayern Munich.

Arsenal have been told they will have to stump up £37m for Gonzalo Higuaín - £15m more than the initial fee they expected.

Napoli have also begun negotiations with the Argentinean striker now they are £55.5m richer after Edinson Cavani's move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Showdown talks time. Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is set for "a final test or confrontation intended to settle a dispute" with Paul Lambert after he submitted a transfer request last week, say the Sun.

Benteke has not travelled with Villa on their pre-season tour due to his keenness to leave the club.

Sunderland have already signed eight players this summer and Paolo di Canio wants another in former Liverpool and Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles.

The Mail claim the 30-year-old is unsettled at Fenerbahçe.

Swansea will increase their bid for Espanyol winger Wakaso up to £4.5m after Russian teams Anzhi Makhachkala and Rubin Kazan have expressed interest in signing him.

And Marca write Everton have reached an agreement with Granada left-back Guilherme Siqueira, who could replace Leighton Baines, wanted by Manchester United.