What the papers say, today Sunday, May 19.
THE SUN SUNDAY: Chelsea are set to take a £30million hit and sell Fernando Torres this summer. Also: Arsenal and Tottenham hope to be on song for Europe today.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Chelsea want Manchester United to name their price for Wayne Rooney. Also: Paolo Di Canio has claimed Sunderland would have been relegated this season if he had not replaced Martin O’Neill.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Monaco are the latest club eyeing Wayne Rooney’s uncertain future at Man United. Also: Roy Hodgson has revealed his shock and disappointment at three top Premier League clubs going on tour this week ahead of England’s next two matches.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley will hand over a staggering £1 million to be shared among his St James’ Park matchday workers if the Toon beat Arsenal this afternoon. Also: England boss Roy Hodgson has hit out at Chelsea, Manchester City and Spurs after each club arranged a tour at the end of a gruelling season.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Jonny Wilkinson’s gilt-edged career was made complete last night in Dublin when he lifted the Heineken Cup high above his head after leading Toulon to the greatest prize in European rugby. Also: Wayne Rooney will not travel with the Manchester United squad for Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game today - but he does so with the blessing of his retiring manager.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: Chelsea believe they have won the race to sign Luke Shaw, Southampton’s 17-year-old left-back and England’s most coveted young footballer. Also: Toulon, the team of glittering talents from the South of France who started the Heineken Cup final with only four Frenchmen in their side, are champions of Europe after one of the sport’s grandest occasions at the Aviva stadium in Dublin.
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Jonny Wilkinson last night said that he ranked Toulon’s Heineken Cup triumph in Dublin alongside anything else he had achieved in his extraordinary career. Also: Roy Hodgson will ask England supporters attending the friendly with the Republic of Ireland not to sing “No Surrender (to the IRA)”.
THE OBSERVER: Roy Hodgson has criticised Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham for the timing of their post-season tours of the US, claiming England’s plans for friendly matches against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil have been “scotched”. Also: The weekend of Alpine stages in the Giro d’Italia was intended to make the cyclists hurt but instead has caused palpitations for the organisers, forcing them to cancel climbs and reroute stages at short notice due to heavy snow, which has made the roads dangerous for cyclists and race vehicles.
THE PEOPLE: Kind-hearted Mike Ashley will pay Newcastle’s backroom staff a £1million bonus if the Toon beat Arsenal today. Also: Paolo Di Canio is furious after more than a dozen Sunderland players partied at a casino in the build-up to today’s big Tottenham clash.