LET'S take a break from the indefatigable Gareth Bale transfer saga for a day and instead look at Manchester City's attempts to bolster their defence.
The Blues lost Kolo Toure in the summer and Matija Nastasic is out for the start of the season, leaving only Joleon Lescott to partner skipper Vincent Kompany.
The first choice for manager Manuel Pellegrini (pictured) is Real Madrid stopper Pepe, but he will consider a move for Schalke's 21-year-old Greece centre-back Kyriakos Papadopoulos or 32-year-old Napoli captain Paolo Cannavaro if he misses out on the Galactico, according to the Daily Mirror.
Liverpool will rival Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign Brazil playmaker Willian from Russian club Anzhi Makachkala in a deal which the Sun say could cost £35 million.
The Reds are also keen on a loan move for Bayern Munich left-back Diego Contento, but the Daily Express say their success will depend on whether Arsenal are able to complete a deal for Luiz Gustavo, after the German champions confirmed they would only let one of the two players leave this summer.
It could be a busy month at Anfield, with Brendan Rodgers also targeting Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, although Marca say the 24-year-old is now expected to stay in Spain.
Darren Bent could join Crystal Palace on loan with a view to a permanent move if the Eagles avoid relegation, after Newcastle United cooled their interest, say the Daily Telegraph.