What today’s papers are saying:
Sunday Mirror: Manchester City must pay a world-record £150million fee to lure Gareth Bale from Tottenham. Also: Nigel Reo-Coker blasted Craig Bellamy last night after they clashed at the Reebok.
Mail on Sunday: Luka Modric, the brilliant Croatia midfielder who has masterminded Tottenham’s emergence as title contenders, is now Manchester United’s No 1 transfer target for the summer. Also: Clint Dempsey got a hug from Andy Johnson after scoring Fulham’s opener in an extraordinary game against Newcastle.
Sunday Express: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is determined that nothing will stop his club’s quest for their first title since 1968 and insists he will keep on upsetting his “jealous” rivals. Also: Fulham boss Martin Jol last night issued a hands-off warning to clubs tracking his hat-trick hero Clint Dempsey.
The People: John Terry will not duck Saturday’s powdering FA Cup clash just four days before he is in court accused of racially abusing QPR’s Anton Ferdinand. Also: Gretar Steinsson hammered another nail in Liverpool’s Champions League coffin as Bolton stormed to a shock win.
The Observer: Sir Alex Ferguson believes Robin van Persie is now as important to Arsenal as Lionel Messi is to Barcelona. Also: Portsmouth have been issued with a petition to be wound up by Her Majesty`s Revenue and Customs.
Daily Star Sunday: Chris Samba aims to double his money at his next club. Also: Kenny Dalglish`s Liverpool flops suffered a battering at the Reebok yesterday.
The Independent: Harlequins back-rower Chris Robshaw will become England`s least experienced captain for 27 years. Also: Andy Murray took his tennis to a new crowd-pleasing level yesterday.
Sunday Telegraph: Kenny Dalglish, the Liverpool manager, threatened to get rid of disrespectful players after his side`s surprisingly emphatic defeat at Bolton. Also: England will behind their Six Nations campaign against Scotland with a midfield featuring two debutants.
Sunday Times: Andy Robinson, the Scotland coach, has added to the criticism of England`s World Cup campaign, calling them “arrogant” in their behaviour. Also: Kenny Dalglish has threatened a clear-out of Liverpool`s under-performing players.