WhaT today’s papers are saying: Sunday March 3:
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: A Middle East consortium is poised to make a £1.5billion takeover bid for Arsenal within the next few weeks. Also: Chelsea intend to allow Rafael Benitez to stay as the club’s interim manager until the end of the season.
THE SUN ON SUNDAY: A sensational £1.5billion bid for Arsenal is being lined up by a powerful Middle East investment group. Also: Cristiano Ronaldo is willing take a massive pay cut to rejoin Manchester United.
SUNDAY PEOPLE: Chelsea will send an SOS call to Fabio Capello after Rafa Benitez’s amazing midweek rant. Also: Gareth Bale is prepared to delay his dream move to Real Madrid for one more year - for the sake of his family.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Fabio Capello is the shock candidate to save Chelsea’s season. Also: Qatar are ready to switch the 2022 World Cup Finals to the winter - and spark chaos in the Premier League calendar.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Harry Redknapp last night angrily claimed QPR are victims of a smear campaign after his players were accused of treating a warm weather training camp in Dubai as a ‘stag party’. Also: Cristiano Ronaldo will not be rejoining Manchester United next summer, according to Sir Alex Ferguson.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: Harry Redknapp was 66 yesterday but he was in no mood to celebrate despite his relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers side earning their first win in seven Premier League matches - a 2-1 victory at Southampton. Also: England’s Rugby World Cup in 2015 will see the sport showcased almost exclusively away from rugby stadiums as nine of the 12 venues selected to host the tournament’s matches are football grounds.
THE OBSERVER: Harry Redknapp furiously hit out at individuals who he claimed are trying to “disrupt” Queens Park Rangers after his side’s 2-1 victory at Southampton and rubbished reports in yesterday’s papers that a recent trip to Dubai had been marred by ill-discipline and drinking. Also: The RSPCA has welcomed a significant softening of the Grand National fences at Aintree ahead of the famous race on April 6.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Arsene Wenger laid the boot into today’s big derby rivals Spurs by dismissing their star man Gareth Bale as merely “the flavour of the moment”. Also: Guus Hiddink could return to Chelsea at the end of the season.
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: Chelsea’s manager, Rafa Benitez, was more adamant than ever last night that he will survive until his contract expires at the end of the season after a 1-0 win at home to West Bromwich Albion that supporters will feel was less impressive than he claimed. Also: After smiling benignly as the build-up gathered pace through the week, Sir Alex Ferguson pulled the rug from under all the eulogies by asking Ryan Giggs to wait for his 1,000th senior game, sparing his longest-serving disciple even the need to sit on the substitutes’ bench as Manchester United turned a stuttering start into a stroll in the end, opening up a 15-point gap at the top of the Premier League.
STAR ON SUNDAY: Sir Alex Ferguson yesterday hit back at Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini’s claim that neighbours United are lucky to have scored so many late winners. Also: Chelsea fans stepped up their hate campaign against Rafa Benitez yesterday by launching a barrage of chants against him.