What the papers say: Has Barca boss had secret talks with Fabregas?

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The Sun - Tom: We will Verm our stripes
THOMAS VERMAELEN is convinced Arsenal can end their five-year trophy drought next season.


The Daily Mirror - Arsenal striker a doubt for new season - Exclusive
Nicklas Bendtner has been forced to scrap his holiday and return to Arsenal after his injury nightmare flared up again.

ROBIN VAN PERSIE has been backed to finally rouse himself from his World Cup slumber and plunge Uruguay into a nightmare.

BARCELONA boss Pep Guardiola has made a secret visit to Spain’s World Cup base to try to land Cesc Fabregas.

The Independent - Fabregas quietly confident but prepared for pain
The psychology behind the most fascinating of the two World Cup semi- finals includes neither side wanting to be cast as favourites. While Joachim Löw gave Spain the title yesterday, Cesc Fabregas said Germany, whom they vanquished 1-0 in the Euro 2008 final, were welcome to it. "If they want to be favourites, we will accept that," he said.

The Daily Telegraph - Cesc Fàbregas keen to show his class in World Cup semi-final
It has been a bit-part show for Cesc Fàbregas in this World Cup, but the Spanish midfielder is challenging striker Fernando Torres for a starting place in Wednesday's semi-final against Germany, the team he calls the "strongest in the tournament".

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