What today’s papers are saying:
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas can sign either Pato or Robinho from AC Milan if the Italian giants sign Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez. Also: Manchester United bounced back from their Basel nightmare to thump Wolves 4-1 and move within two points of leaders Manchester City.
SUNDAY TIMES: Cheick Tiote, the highly-rated Newcastle midfielder, could be on his way to Chelsea in a £23million deal as the London club prepare for a New Year squad shake-up at Stamford Bridge. Also: England supporters face being priced out of attending next summer’s European Championships because of the incredible attempts to cash in on hosting Euro 2012 being made by Ukrainian hotels and travel operators.
THE PEOPLE: Bobby Zamora’s latest rift with Martin Jol is set to seal his Fulham exit. Also: Wayne Rooney’s up and down week finished on a high when he scored twice to dump Wolves - his first goals in the Premier League for three months.
THE OBSERVER: Manchester United hit four goals for the first time since September to bounce back from their midweek Champions League exit and move to within two points of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League. Also: Andy Farrell has said the first job on England’s interim coaching team will be to put the smile back on the faces of the players, and put the emphasis on getting the culture right rather than make winning a priority.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Premier League strugglers Blackburn are heading for a financial crisis that threatens the future of the club after their bankers, Barclays, handed them a £10million ultimatum. Also: For Andre Villas-Boas the critical games just keep on coming.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Chelsea are refusing to offer striker Didier Drogba the new two-year contract he believes he deserves. Also: The RFU will turn to the southern hemisphere team of Nick Mallett and Wayne Smith to rebuild England’s shattered image following their shambolic World Cup.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Wayne Rooney finally emerged from a Premier League goal drought that lasted 723 minutes. Also: Frank Lampard is set to be left out of the Chelsea team again.
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: A Moment of uncontrollable anger saw Ben Ainslie put his London 2012 dreams in jeopardy yesterday when he swam from his boat to confront a television cameraman during the World Championships in Perth. Also: A powerful group of the bigger English and French clubs are considering a move to summer rugby to minimise the disruption caused when their top players are absent on international duty.
THE INDEPENDENT: Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City manager, says he cannot understand why the club allowed Daniel Sturridge to join rivals Chelsea and is worried that City will pay the price when the teams meet in a vital Premier League game at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night. Also: Manchester United’s season may have been holed below the waterline in Basle, but at least for the moment it remains upright.