READ about this and more from today’s UK national newspapers - Sunday, june 12, 2011.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Cristiano Ronaldo is demanding a huge £400,000 a week to join Manchester City. Also: Arsene Wenger is confident Samir Nasri will stay at Arsenal...Kenny Dalglish’s £80million Liverpool revolution is set to continue with the capture of Southampton whizzkid Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: Manchester City executives are due to fly out tomorrow in an effort to clinch a deal for Udinese’s Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, their main summer transfer target. Also: The ECB’s controversial policy of spreading wide its net of venues will receive a stern examination this week when the Rose Bowl stages its first five-day match.
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Sir Clive Woodward has indicated he would return to Twickenham immediately, despite the turmoil which has engulfed English rugby in recent weeks. Also: The England and Wales Cricket Board is about to perform a remarkable U-turn and award Lord’s a second Test in 2012 after all...Andy Murray hailed his imperious semi-final victory over Andy Roddick at Queen’s Club yesterday as the ‘perfect’ preparation ahead of this year’s Wimbledon.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Two-time winner Allan McNish miraculously survived a 170mph smash yesterday at the Le Mans 24-hour race, narrowly escaping a repeat of the 1955 tragedy which saw 83 spectators killed. Also: Venus Williams claimed yesterday she had made her comeback so she can win Wimbledon for a sixth time...The Football Association are privately looking for another successor to Fabio Capello - because of fears that first choice Harry Redknapp could go to prison.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Manchester United’s sensational summer spending spree is being funded by Qatari money, it was claimed last night. Also: Arsenal are involved in a £10million battle with neighbours Tottenham for Ivory Coast striker Gervinho...Sebastian Vettel put his rivals in their place once again yesterday as he powered to yet another pole position for today’s Canadian Grand Prix.
THE PEOPLE: Sir Alex Ferguson is on a £125million spending spree - with Inter Milan midfield star Wesley Sneijder next on his hit list. Also: Mark Hughes is still interested in talking to Randy Lerner about becoming Aston Villa manager...Fabio Capello’s right-hand man is set to go part time - so he can take charge of Roma...Glenn Hoddle is being lined up as the new supremo of Stockport County by a takeover group about to buy the relegated Football League club.
THE MAIL ON SUNDAY: Manchester United’s multi-million pound signing of teenage defender Phil Jones from Blackburn Rovers lies in tatters this morning. Also: Kolo Toure could still be ruled out for all of next season because of his failed drugs test...Carlo Ancelotti cannot work in the Premier League for the next 12 months because of the £6million pay-off he agreed with Chelsea.
THE OBSERVER: The ramifications of John Steele’s ousting as chief executive will lead to a major shake-up of how the Rugby Football Union is run. Also: Andy Murray produced perhaps the finest single performance of his career to thrash Andy Roddick in 59 minutes and secure a place in the final of today’s AEGON Championships at Queen’s against the Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
NEWS OF THE WORLD: Roman Abramovich will give Guus Hiddink a £150million war chest and tell him: Make Chelsea champions of Europe. Also: Ashley Young will bag £33.8million in wages by moving to Manchester United...Billionaire Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov has launched a blistering attack on the club’s board and questioned their desire for trophies...Lewis Hamilton has been given six free £100,000 road cars by Mercedes as a sweetener in their bid to snatch him from McLaren.
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: The Turkish FA are threatening to report Chelsea to FIFA, if Guus Hiddink breaks his contract to engineer a return to Stamford Bridge. Also: The sooner Sir Clive Woodward gets a job at Twickenham - in addition to a performance director, the Rugby Football Union is now looking for a chief executive, and the former England manager is believed to be interested - the better.