FIND out more about this and other top sport stories making the headlines in the UK’s national newspapers today - Sunday, June 26, 2011.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Manchester City will make a second bid of £38million for Chile superstar Alexis Sanchez - sending a message to Roman Abramovich that they remain the biggest spending power in the Premier League. Also: David Haye believes he has got under Wladimir Klitschko’s skin and will try more mind games ahead of their world heavyweight title clash in Hamburg on Saturday.
THE OBSERVER: Guus Hiddink and not Andre Villas-Boas was Roman Abramovich’s first choice to become Chelsea manager, according to the Dutchman’s agent, Cees van Nieuwenhuizen. Also: David Haye goes into his career-defining world heavyweight contest with Wladimir Klitschko admitting he has to be careful not to “panic” against the 35-year-old Ukrainian.
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: It was the day of the qualifier in the men’s singles yesterday as Robin Soderling, the fifth seed, and Gael Monfils, seeded ninth, were beaten by the little known pair Bernard Tomic of Australia and Lukasz Kubot of Poland respectively. Also: Bradley Wiggins says he will be going into the Tour de France with twin goals on Saturday: “The goal is always the podium but I’m not going to overthink it, either.”
NEWS OF THE WORLD: Andre Villas-Boas will make an immediate impact at Chelsea by hijacking Manchester City’s deal for Alexis Sanchez. Also: Buoyant Andy Murray believes he is on course to become the first British man to win Wimbledon in 75 years.
THE PEOPLE: Cesc Fabregas is willing to sacrifice a £5million windfall to secure his dream move to Barcelona. Also: Andre Villas-Boas is ready to go to war with his mentor Jose Mourinho to sign Sergio Ramos.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Celtic left-back Emilio Izaguirre last night insisted that he is being targeted by Manchester United. Also: Stuart Broad was left floored by Sri Lanka on his debut as England Twenty20 captain yesterday.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Andre Villas-Boas is set to start his Chelsea reign with a no-nonsense “I’m the boss” message to John Terry and his team-mates. Also: French serial choker Richard Gasquet hopes he can beat Andy Murray off the court with some old-fashioned mind games.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Gareth Bale will demand a transfer if Luka Modric is sold by Tottenham. Also: Andy Carroll wants to play for Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics.
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Andre Villas-Boas has made his first significant move since his appointment as Chelsea manager, sanctioning the departure of Paul Clement, Stamford Bridge’s long-serving assistant first-team coach. Also: World cricket could be hijacked by India for decades to come at the International Cricket Council’s annual meeting in Hong Kong starting today.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: Cesc Fabregas says he will accept a smaller salary at Barcelona if it helps the European champions satisfy Arsenal’s cash demands and seals his move back to where he began his professional career. Also: Reigning champion Rafael Nadal and six-time winner Roger Federer maintained their straight-sets progression towards a fourth final confrontation in six years to counter Andy Murray’s claim that this is the year he is best equipped to win the title.