Clubs face summer battle for star

Wigan Athletic's goalkeeper Chris Kirkland
Wigan Athletic's goalkeeper Chris Kirkland

WE take a look around the papers for the latest news from Aston Villa, Sunderland, Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion, Manchester City, Manchester United, Cheslea, Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid and Birmingham City.

DAILY MIRROR: Aston Villa and Sunderland could both be interested in former Liverpool goalkeeper Chris Kirkland, who will be allowed to leave Wigan in the summer.

West Brom manager Roy Hodgson says he still feels he is managing “with a knife to his throat” despite being unbeaten since taking charge of the Baggies in February.

Roberto Mancini last night warned his Manchester City stars not to be “stupid” and blow their chance of glory by sulking. Also: Paul Scholes has slapped down Manchester City ahead of tomorrow’s Wembley clash, claiming they won’t be Manchester United’s main rivals until they win something.

DAILY STAR: Frank Rijkaard has given Chelsea the green light to make a move for him this summer after admitting: “I am ready to manage in England”. Also: Roberto Mancini has told his sulking stars they would be “stupid” not to get behind him and take their chance to become FA Cup heroes.

THE SUN: Jose Mourinho believes he will succeed Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford. Also: Guus Hiddink has ruled out a dramatic Chelsea comeback.

DAILY MAIL: Ticket prices for next month’s FA Cup final have smashed through the £100 barrier for the first time, sparking outrage among supporters. Also: Manchester United tried to sign Raul “this season” according to the Spanish striker’s Schalke team-mate Christoph Metzelder.

DAILY EXPRESS: Roberto Mancini has issued an extraordinary plea to his sulking stars to back him and change the course of Manchester City’s history. Also: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will face a fight with the Turkish Football Federation if he decides to make another move for Guus Hiddink.

THE INDEPENDENT: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini declared last night that a career that has seen him take charge of the underdog in three great footballing cities would help him rally his side for tomorrow’s FA Cup semi-final, and ride out the huge blow delivered by the news that Carlos Tevez could have played his last game this season. Also: Tottenham Hotspur are confident that they will get one more season from Gareth Bale, their highly coveted left winger who has become a target for the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Internazionale over the past 12 months.

THE TIMES: Roberto Mancini has warned his Manchester City players that they cannot afford to “cry” over the loss of Carlos Tevez as they attempt to end the club’s 35-year wait for silverware. Ukraine’s political officials have dismissed fears that visitors could be the victims of fascist attacks during Euro 2012.

THE GUARDIAN: Birmingham City face the threat of being denied their licence to play in Europe next season if they cannot convince the Premier League and the Football Association that their finances are not a major cause for concern. Also: Gareth Bale has expressed his determination to drive Tottenham Hotspur into next season’s Champions League, after their quarter-final defeat by Real Madrid.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Kenny Dalglish believes the ongoing inquiry into the Hillsborough disaster is close to providing the families of the 96 Liverpool supporters who died with the answers for which they have been campaigning since 1989. Also: Chelsea will have a fight on their hands to to lure Guus Hiddink as their next manager once Carlo Ancelotti leaves the club.