What today’s papers are saying, Sunday, February 24:
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Manchester City are prepared to meet Napoli striker Edinson Cavani’s £54 million buy-out clause as boss Roberto Mancini prepares for next season. Also: England skipper Chris Robshaw last night hailed comeback hero Manu Tuilagi for keeping their Grand Slam hopes alive with the match-winning try at Twickenham.
THE SUN ON SUNDAY: Robin van Persie has given Manchester United an injury scare - after falling down a hole. Also: Gareth Bale insists Spurs are now North London’s top dogs.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Man United went 15 points clear at the top yesterday - and were then ordered by
Sir Alex Ferguson: “Keep winning.” Also: Roberto Mancini insists runaway Premier League leaders Man United are lucky because they score so many late winners.
SUNDAY PEOPLE: Roberto Mancini believes Manchester United have ridden their luck this season. Also: Santi Cazorla struck twice to end Arsenal’s week from hell in a critical 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Robin van Persie is facing a battle to be fit for Manchester United’s showdown with Real Madrid. Also: Roberto Mancini has sparked a player backlash at Manchester City.
THE OBSERVER: If England go on to achieve their first grand slam for 10 years, and the two-letter word gets shorter by the week, they will look back on what in some ways was their least convincing display in the Stuart Lancaster era and reflect that it was the day when they reached the end of the road to redemption and took a route with fewer pot holes. Also: Arsène Wenger has praised his players’ response to a “difficult” week, after Santi Cazorla’s late winner moved Arsenal to within a point of Tottenham Hotspur and the Premier League’s coveted top four.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Bloodied Manu Tuilagi produced a world-class display on his return to the England team as Stuart Lancaster’s side maintained their Grand Slam charge with a never-say-die win at Twickenham. Also: Paul Elliott, the former Chelsea and Celtic defender who became an anti-racism campaigner, has quit his roles with the FA and the Kick It Out pressure group following his use of a racially offensive word during a dispute with fellow former professional Richard Rufus.
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: The Grand Slam is still on, even if there was a stage during the third quarter when it was difficult to fathom how on earth England were in front. Also: Manchester City are to press ahead with a £40 million bid for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani after accepting that Radomel Falcao is likely to join either Chelsea or Real Madrid.
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: As Swansea City prepare for the most glamourous game in their history, their manager, Michael Laudrup, has assured supporters that he has no ambition to manage clubs like Real Madrid or Chelsea, both of whom he has been linked with recently. Also: England came through as searching a tactical test as they had faced in any of the wins on their recent run to remain top of the Six Nations table. Theirs is the AAA status, in rugby terms at least, while a bankrupt France and a fading Italy from the eurozone bring up the rear.
SUNDAY TIMES: England march on, but as yet, they are untouched by greatness. They do though, stand proudly at the summit of the RBS Six Nations with threw ins from three, their 23-13 victory over France at a freezing Twickenham keeping them on course for a Grand Slam. Also: The Football Association has finally expressed regret, at the highest level, over its treatment of the late Bobby Moore.