READ this and find out what other sports stories are making the headlines in today’s UK national newspapers - Saturday, June 11, 2011.
DAILY MAIL: Manchester City are set to spark a three-way auction for Luka Modric after declaring their intent to sign the Tottenham midfielder. Also: Phil Jones’s £16.5million move to Manchester United has been delayed amid concerns Blackburn are demanding a higher price.
THE SUN: Robin van Persie has slammed English stars who are more interested in partying than football. Also: David Haye is threatening to do a “Rocky” - and pulverise Wladimir Klitschko in Germany in their world title unification clash.
DAILY MIRROR: Roberto Martinez is staying with Wigan and snubbing Aston Villa - despite being offered treble his wages. Also: Manchester United are being blocked from completing the deal for Blackburn defender Phil Jones because of a bitter transfer row.
DAILY STAR: Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has been snubbed by three managers - in just 12 hours. Also: Andres Iniesta last night told Cesc Fabregas: You will fit in perfectly at Barcelona.
THE GUARDIAN: The door has been reopened for Sir Clive Woodward to return to English rugby after the Rugby Football Union’s chief executive John Steele was dramatically ousted after less than a year in the job following a bitter power struggle. Also: Aston Villa may have to revisit candidates they rejected for their managerial vacancy, including Mark Hughes, after Roberto Martinez spurned their advances out of loyalty to Wigan Athletic.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: The return of Sir Clive Woodward to Twickenham is back on the cards following the forced departure of Rugby Football Union chief executive John Steele after a stormy board meeting. Also: Aston Villa are likely to turn to Mark Hughes or Owen Coyle after the club’s search for a new manager took another embarrassing turn yesterday when Wigan’s Roberto Martinez ruled himself out.
THE TIMES: Aston Villa’s pursuit of a new manager descended into farce yesterday when Roberto Martinez rejected the opportunity to succeed Gerard Houllier. Also: Manchester United are involved in yet another tussle with Manchester City and Arsenal over a widely sought-after teenager: Raphael Varane, the Lens and France Under-21 centre half.
THE INDEPENDENT: Aston Villa must undertake a substantial charm offensive to persuade Mark Hughes to get them out of the hole created by Wigan Athletic’s Roberto Martinez rejecting their overtures to become their next manager - but the Welshman does not seem to have entirely dismissed the idea of joining the club. Also: Less than three months before England attempt to reclaim the sport’s greatest prize on the hostile shores of New Zealand, the Rugby Football Union finds itself without a chief executive, without an ounce of credibility and, it seems, without a clue as to how a multi-million pound professional sports operation should be run in the modern age.
DAILY EXPRESS: Phil Jones’ move to Manchester United from Blackburn has been put on hold by a dispute over the player’s valuation. Also: Andrew Strauss praised his England team as he was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for their Ashes glory.