THE SUN: Fernando Torres last night insisted: I am no traitor. Also: Chelsea’s wage bill has hit a mind-blowing £172million - and that does not even include the salaries of deadline-day signings Fernando Torres and David Luiz.
DAILY EXPRESS: Newcastle United have made a stunning bid to sign three-time Footballer of the Year Thierry Henry. Also: Chris Ashton proved himself the supreme poacher again as his two tries set England’s Six Nations campaign off to the perfect start in Wales last night.
DAILY STAR: Jamie Carragher insists Liverpool are better off without Fernando Torres. Also: Fernando Torres insists he left Liverpool with skipper Steven Gerrard’s blessing.
DAILY MAIL: Fernando Torres is braced for a barrage of abuse from Liverpool fans but has promised not to celebrate if he scores on his Chelsea debut against his former club. Also: The Pakistan cricketers accused of spot-fixing at Lord’s last summer face up to seven years in prison after being charged with conspiring to cheat bookmakers.
DAILY MIRROR: Fernando Torres has hit back at the “traitor” jibes that have followed him from Liverpool to Chelsea. Also: Chris Ashton put Wales to the sword with two tries as England kicked off their Six Nations campaign on a winning note in Cardiff.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Land of Hope and Glory ? Yes, why not? Delighted England fans certainly thought so as they streamed out of the Millennium Stadium last night, victory over Wales already putting their side in the driving seat for Six Nations honours and suffusing dreams with thoughts of World Cup honours. This was a defining moment. Also: Liverpool’s boardroom, Boot Room and dressing room united on Friday to insist that the club would not be drawn into a war of words over Fernando Torres’s acrimonious departure.
THE INDEPENDENT: A black Friday in Wales. Make that a Black and Blue Friday. The Red Dragons feared a going-over from a big, nasty English pack the moment they lost their two Lions props to injury, and last night’s opening Six Nations match was indeed the stuff of nightmares. Also: Fernando Torres dismissed accusations of disloyalty over his controversial move from Liverpool to Chelsea yesterday by declaring that “romance is dead” in football when it comes to players sticking with their clubs and said he did not have the time to wait for Liverpool to rebuild.
THE TIMES: England produced a polished performance at the Millennium Stadium last night to beat Wales 26-19 and strengthen their standing as favourites to win the RBS Six Nations Championship. Also: In a chilling move for the nation’s frozen footballers, Fifa has revealed its potential opposition to neckline technology before next month’s meeting of the game’s law-makers.