What today’s papers are saying:
THE SUN: Ashley Cole is to sign a new mega deal with Chelsea worth a whopping £10million. Also: Manchester City have been told to drop their £31million asking price for Mario Balotelli tomorrow - or forget about selling him to AC Milan.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Arsene Wenger will be offered a massive £30million deal by Paris Saint-Germain to quit Arsenal this summer. Also: Manchester United’s bid to sign the hugely talented Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha is on the brink of collapse.
SUNDAY PEOPLE: Frank Lampard is set to make a sensational summer move to AC Milan - but Ashley Cole will stay at Chelsea for another season. Also: Carlos Tevez wants to quit Manchester City but knows he must wait at least 18 months before returning home to Argentina.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: AC Milan last night told Man City: We will only pay £15m for Mario Balotelli - take it or leave it. Also: Man United hope to announce the signing of Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha - for an initial £7m fee - in the next 48 hours.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Ashley Cole will sign a new deal within the next 48 hours to remain at Chelsea for at least another year. Also: Chelsea star Frank Lampard is following the David Beckham trail to Hollywood by agreeing to join LA Galaxy.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Roman Abramovich last night offered an olive branch to hostile Chelsea fans by giving England defender Ashley Cole a new contract to stay at Stamford Bridge beyond the summer. Also: Lance Armstrong deserves his lifetime ban for doping and should now tell the authorities everything he knows, says the head of the UK Anti-Doping Agency.
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: English rugby will be asked to agree to a broadcasting revolution that would see coaches sharing tactics and gameplans with television commentators before matches. Also: Mauricio Pochettino probably thought he had left Spanish football behind when he was announced as Southampton manager on Friday, two months after being sacked by Espanyol.
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Lance Armstrong says he deserves to have the “death penalty” of his life ban from elite sport reduced. Also: Ashley Cole has accepted a new one-year contract to remain at Chelsea, with a formal announcement expected tomorrow.
SUNDAY TIMES: Ashley Cole is to stay at Chelsea after reaching agreement on a one-year contract extension. Also: Arsene Wenger says Arsenal need to toughen up and adopt a “more physical and more aggressive” approach to achieve Champions League qualification for a 16th successive season.
THE OBSERVER: A season of struggle for Newcastle United appeared to reach a watershed yesterday when a previously patient crowd at St James’ Park turned on their team during the 2-1 defeat to Reading.