What today’s papers are saying: Sunday, August 25.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Chelsea will make a £40million last-ditch bid for Wayne Rooney. Also: Gareth Bale has agreed a stunning £97million contract to join Real Madrid.
SUNDAY TIMES: Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea manager, has accused Manchester United of an “old-fashioned mentality” in their stubborn refusal to sell Wayne Rooney, who has made it clear he would like to move to Stamford Bridge. Also: If form is temporary, it is also relative. Two wins from two at the start of a league campaign is hardly definitive evidence of Liverpool’s re-emergence, but in the context of their recent history it could almost warrant the club shop producing a DVD. SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Samuel Eto’o as part of the negotiations to acquire Willian for £30million from Anzhi Makhachkala which will end their attempts to buy Wayne Rooney this summer. Also: Worcester Warriors captain Jonathan Thomas said he felt “lucky to be alive” after the team bus erupted into flames en route to a pre-season fixture against Ospreys in Swansea.
THE OBSERVER: Cristiano Ronaldo has informed Manchester United he would like to return to the club one day, probably to end his career, after a summer in which the Premier League champions have explored the possibilities behind the scenes of bringing him back from Real Madrid. Also: Paolo Di Canio did not get much sleep before Sunderland’s 1-1 draw at Southampton after police were called to his team’s hotel to investigate an incident in the early hours of the morning.
THE MAIL ON SUNDAY: Gareth Bale flew to Spain yesterday to prepare to sign for Real Madrid - but Tottenham and the Spanish giants are still thrashing out terms of the proposed world-record move. Also: Wayne Rooney will be allowed to leave Manchester United in this transfer window if he moves abroad.
THE SUN ON SUNDAY: Spurs were last night holding out for a world-record £86.3million from Real Madrid for Gareth Bale. Also: Arsene Wenger is set to make a shock swoop for £10million-rated Newcastle keeper Tim Krul.
SUNDAY PEOPLE: Yohan Cabaye has gone on strike at Newcastle after refusing to play in Toon’s opening matches of the season. Also: Daniel Sturridge proved he can be Liverpool’s talisman in the absence of Luis Suarez with yet another match-winning display.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has pleaded with Manchester United boss David Moyes to sell unsettled striker Wayne Rooney to him. Also: Daniel Sturridge proved Liverpool’s match-winner for a second successive weekend as they edged out Villa to make their best start to a Premier League season for five years.
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: It was solid rather than spectacular, but Brendan Rodgers will not care about that after his Liverpool side made it two wins out of two at the start of a Premier League season for the first time in five years, thanks to Daniel Sturridge’s solitary strike at Villa Park. Also: Gareth Bale has flown to the Spanish resort of Marbella ahead of his transfer to Real Madrid as the world-record fee for the deal was described as “disrespectful” by Barcelona’s new coach Gerardo Martino.