WE TAKE a look around the papers for the latest from Chelsea, Bolton Wanderers, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Blackburn Rovers, West Bromwich Albion, Queens Park Rangers, Manchester United and Barcelona.
DAILY MIRROR: Chelsea plan to move for Bolton and England defender Gary Cahill in the January transfer window, but will only offer £7m as he is a free agent next summer.
Also: Roberto Mancini says Manchester City will go all out for victory in Naples tonight to banish the fear of dropping into the Europa League.
DAILY STAR: Emmanuel Adebayor gave boss Harry Redknapp the perfect pick-me-up on his return to the Tottenham dug-out last night. Also: Andre Villas-Boas must dump England captain John Terry if he wants to gain control of the Chelsea dressing room.
THE SUN: AC Milan assistant manager Mauro Tassotti has confirmed the club are interested in Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez.
Harry Redknapp saw his Spurs go third in the Prem and said: It’s the perfect tonic. Also: Roman Abramovich will have to stump up £20 million to axe Andre Villas-Boas.
DAILY EXPRESS: Andre Villas-Boas has been told the only way to stamp his authority on Chelsea is to get rid of England skipper John Terry. Also: Roberto Mancini says Manchester City will go for broke here tonight in a bid to avoid the spectre of Europa League football wrecking their season.
DAILY MAIL: Bolton have joined Blackburn, West Brom and QPR in the race to sign Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha.
Manchester United are still believed to be watching Ryman League side Dulwich Hamlets’ 17-year-old defender Michael Chambers.
Football legend Johan Cruyff has landed the sport in another racism row after reportedly telling Edgar Davids he has only been promoted to the board at Ajax ‘because he is black’. Also: England manager Fabio Capello will be in Naples tonight hoping to see Micah Richards make a case for a place in his squad for Euro 2012.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: In front of the Prime Minister, White Hart Lane paid homage to the man at No 10. Also: Chelsea are hoping to buy England and Bolton defender Gary Cahill in the January transfer window as manager Andre Villas-Boas strives to shore up his team’s leaky backline and alleviate the growing pressure on him.
THE GUARDIAN: Andre Villas-Boas retains the support of the Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, and the club’s board despite what the manager concedes has been “the worst start for quite some time” to a season but the Portuguese admits that the Champions League game at Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday has become “massive”. Also: Roberto Mancini goes into the match that could determine whether Manchester City progress to the Champions League knockout stages insisting his players have nothing to fear from the hostile atmosphere for which Napoli’s Stadio San Paolo is famed and backing Mario Balotelli to come through whatever reception awaits him on his return to Italy.
THE TIMES: Roberto Mancini moved last night to play down the threat posed to Manchester City and their supporters this evening in one of the most hostile environments in European football. Also: Andy Murray had barely closed the door to his private suite full of private anguish yesterday when Roger Federer was being saluted at the O2 Arena as the most sporting player in tennis, voted for by his fellow professionals, and was further acknowledged as the most favoured of its millions of followers. Talk about kicking a man when he is down.
THE INDEPENDENT: His team an advert for the dangers of conservatism, their conquerors proof of the benefits brought by entry into the Eurozone: David Cameron, that famously devoted Aston Villa fan, might have hoped for an evening away from the business of government when watching his side lose at Tottenham. No such luck. Also: Nemanja Vidic admits that Manchester United have grown “obsessed” with the idea of exorcising the ghosts of Rome and Wembley by besting Barcelona, but the man who would be entrusted with lifting the Champions League trophy should Sir Alex Ferguson’s side make it to Munich in May is adamant that the Scot’s side have learned enough in defeat to be confident of beating the Spaniards at the third time of asking.