What Saturday’s papers are saying:
DAILY STAR: Roberto Mancini has told Carlos Tevez he is staying at Manchester City - because nobody else wants him. Also: Cesc Fabregas is finally on the brink of joining Barcelona. The Arsenal skipper was last night waiting to fly to Spain to complete a £35m switch after being left out of the Gunners squad for today’s Premier League opener at Newcastle.
THE SUN: Arsenal have sensationally told Manchester City: Give us Carlos Tevez and you can have Samir Nasri. Also: Alex Ferguson last night said he is not planning to sign Wesley Sneijder.
DAILY MIRROR: Arsene Wenger last night appeared to be losing the plot as he insisted nobody would be leaving the club. Also: Kenny Dalglish admits he is ‘like a kid at Christmas’ on the eve of a season for which he can barely contain his excitement.
DAILY EXPRESS: Cesc Fabregas said goodbye to his team-mates yesterday after training with them for a last time, while beleaguered Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger still maintained that the only reason the player is not travelling to Newcastle is because he is not match fit. Also: Alastair Cook scored England’s sixth highest individual score of all time yesterday but then revealed he was devastated to miss out on a “granddaddy hundred”.
DAILY MAIL: Alastair Cook compiled a monumental 294 at Edgbaston yesterday as England continued to treat India with contempt in the third Test. Also: Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has introduced a zero tolerance regime ahead of his first Premier League match in charge tomorrow against Stoke City.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Arsene Wenger yesterday began the most scrutinised season of his managerial reign by passionately defending himself from his critics among Arsenal’s supporters and those who chronicle the club’s fortunes. Also: England need a win at the Millennium Stadium this afternoon for reasons of morale and momentum; Wales crave one for their very World Cup credibility.
THE INDEPENDENT: Alastair Cook went on and on yesterday. For most of the time he looked as if he would go on some more, all the way until England was once again a green and pleasant land. Also: It seems typical of racing that one of its greatest celebrations, as a game without frontiers, should be overshadowed by a reminder that the most perilous boundaries can be those closest to home.
THE TIMES: Cesc Fabregas’ imminent transfer from Arsenal to Barcelona took a comical turn yesterday when he was forced to return to London while on his way to the airport to fly to Catalonia. Also: In the absence of confirmation from the world’s least talkative club owner, a widely held belief is that Carlo Ancelotti was brought in by Roman Abramovich to win the Champions League and dispatched after twice failing to get anywhere near the only trophy to elude the Russian.
THE GUARDIAN: The cemeteries, Arsene Wenger pointed out yesterday, are full of irreplaceable people. “We’re all replaceable, you know,” he said. Also: Roberto Mancini has renewed his criticism of the Manchester City board, describing himself as “worried” because of the club’s inability to conclude their transfer business earlier in the summer.