WE take a look around the latest news from the world of football including Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool and Wolves.
THE SUN: Luka Modric went on strike yesterday as Chelsea lodged an official £30million bid for the wantaway Tottenham star. Also: Roberto Mancini warned the deal to sign Samir Nasri will be under threat if he plays for Arsenal on Wednesday.
DAILY MAIL: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini last night hinted the club may abandon their bid to sign Samir Nasri if the French midfielder plays in the Champions League for Arsenal on Wednesday. Also: Luke Modric told Tottenham he does not want to play at Manchester United this evening on a day when Chelsea tabled a new £30million bid for the Croatia international.
DAILY MIRROR: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made bids of £15m and more than £20m respectively for Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila and Lille forward Eden Hazard. The Frenchman may also return to Everton with a fresh approach for defender Phil Jagielka.
Also: Juan Mata will arrive in London today for a medical with Chelsea.
DAILY EXPRESS: Roberto Mancini threatened to pull the plug on Manchester City’s interest in Samir Nasri if Arsenal play him in the Champions League on Wednesday. Also: Graeme Swann called on his England team-mates to blast out of the traps this morning and bag the wicket of key man Sachin Tendulkar early.
DAILY STAR: Roberto Mancini last night warned Manchester City that their title bid could be derailed by stupid defending. Also: Kenny Dalglish is considering a shock £10m move for Wolves striker Kevin Doyle before the transfer window shuts at the end of the the month.
THE GUARDIAN: Roberto Mancini is threatening to end Manchester City’s long pursuit of Samir Nasri if the Frenchman becomes ineligible for the Champions League by playing for Arsenal in their play-off second leg mach at Udinese on Wednesday. Also: Arsene Wenger has responded to Arsenal’s troubled start to the season by making a bid for the Rennes holding midfielder Yann M’Vila.
THE INDEPENDENT: Roberto Mancini raised the stakes in the Samir Nasri transfer saga yesterday when he warned that Manchester City could turn their attentions elsewhere if the Arsenal midfielder plays in Wednesday’s Champions League qualifier against Udinese and is cup-tied for the competition this season. Also: At 5pm yesterday, after an entire tour of single-handed resistance, “The Wall” was pierced. It did not take much to be convinced that with Rahul Dravid no more, India would come tumbling down.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Roberto Mancini has warned Arsene Wenger that he risks wrecking Samir Nasri’s £23million transfer to Manchester City if the Arsenal manager creates a “big problem” by selecting the midfielder for the Champions League play-off against Udinese on Wednesday. Also: The Oval has crowned many momentous occasions for England in recent years but today it will see them anointed kings of Test cricket, just 11 years after the same ground booed the reaching the bottom of the world rankings following defeat to New Zealand.
THE TIMES: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has warned Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger that he will abandon his pursuit of Samir Nasri if the midfielder plays against Udinese on Wednesday. Roberto Mancini has warned Arsene Wenger that Manchester City are likely to abandon their pursuit of Samir Nasri if the Arsenal manager elects to play him against Udinese in the Champions League this week. Also: After the boot camp and seven weeks of slog, blood, sweat and no doubt a few tears, Martin Johnson will reveal today the 30-strong squad that he will take to New Zealand in a week’s time.