WE take a look around the papers for the latest from Chelsea, Manchester City, Aston Villa, Real Madrid, Queens Park Rangers, Everton, Newcastle United, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Arsenal.
THE SUN: Chelsea are ready to make a £35million summer swoop for Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain. Also: Roberto Mancini may sensationally recall Mario Balotelli for Monday’s crunch Manchester derby. Also: Aston Villa could turn to Paul Lambert if they sack Alex McLeish.
DAILY MAIL: The Premier League were last night forced into an unexpected U-turn after deciding to scrap the potentially explosive pre-match handshake ahead of Chelsea’s match with Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Also: Pep Guardiola is set to start a scramble for his services today by stepping down as Barcelona head coach.
Sunderland are hoping they can entice Blackburn winger Junior Hoilett to stay in the Premier League if Rovers are relegated next month. But the Black Cats face stiff competition from Champions League finalists Bayern Munich and French club Marseille to land the 21-year-old forward.
DAILY MIRROR: Everton boss David Moyes is ready to snap up Wigan’s Senegal midfielder Mohamed Diame on a free transfer in the summer, but he could face competition from Newcastle. The 24-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season.
Roman Abramovich will open his chequebook in a bid to persuade Pep Guardiola to manage Chelsea. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson says only a “confirmed masochist” would enjoy the torture of Monday’s Manchester title showdown. Harry Redknapp and Alan Pardew have admitted they will be cheering for Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.
DAILY EXPRESS: John Terry will lift the Champions League trophy if Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in next month’s final. Also: Harry Redknapp has been accused of blowing Tottenham’s chance of qualifying for the Champions League and turning the season into a failure by one of the club’s own players.
DAILY STAR: John Terry last night vowed: I will step up to lift the trophy if Chelsea win the Champions League. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson has taunted Manchester City: The pressure is all on you in the title race. Pep Guardiola is expected to quit as Barcelona boss today - but Chelsea still look set to miss out on their No.1 target.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Chelsea are expected to make a formal approach for Pep Guardiola to take over as their manager if the Spaniard quits Barcelona today. Also: The Premier League last night cancelled the pre-match handshake for Sunday’s game between Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers due to John Terry’s forthcoming criminal trial for a racially-aggravated public order offence.
THE TIMES: John Terry will be allowed to lift the European Cup should Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on May 19, Uefa announced yesterday. Also: Arjen Robben fired the opening salvos yesterday when he said that Bayern Munich would dismantle Chelsea if they tried to “park the bus” in the Champions League final next month.
THE GUARDIAN: Sir Alex Ferguson has declared that Manchester City have overtaken Liverpool as Manchester United’s most important rivals. Also: John Terry will be allowed to collect the Champions League trophy on Chelsea’s behalf should they defeat Bayern Munich in next month’s final, despite his being banned from playing in the game, after Uefa appeared to change its stance regarding the restrictions on all suspended players at the showpiece event.
THE INDEPENDENT: Sir Alex Ferguson has declared that Manchester City have replaced Liverpool as Manchester United’s most implacable opponents, as the countdown to Monday’s derby title clash begins. Also: Pep Guardiola is expected to walk away from Barcelona today, four years and 13 trophies after taking over.
METRO: Arsenal are reported to be in “advanced negotiations” with French club Rennes over the signature of midfielder Yann M’Vila. It is thought the 21-year-old French international, who has been capped 18 times by his country, could cost around £22m.