WE take a look around the papers for the latest from Manchester City, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Newcastle United and Aston Villa.
THE SUN: Manchester City and Chelsea are on alert after Sergio Aguero revealed he is leaving Atletico Madrid. The £40m-rated Argentine striker is also a target for Atletico’s bitter rivals Real Madrid.
Roberto Mancini has flown to Abu Dhabi to speak to chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak amid a breakdown in relations at Manchester City. Also: Manchester United have completed an £18.3million deal to sign keeper David De Gea from Atletico Madrid.
THE TIMES: Sir Alex Ferguson moved to embargo all issues surrounding Ryan Giggs yesterday when he told an aide to ban a reporter who asked a question about the Manchester United player. Also: England’s goalkeeping problems took a farcical turn last night when Robert Green was called back into the squad for the European Championship qualifying match against Switzerland in place of David Stockdale.
THE INDEPENDENT: The Ryan Giggs injunction controversy threatened to undermine Manchester United’s preparations for Saturday’s Champions League final yesterday, as the player was withdrawn from training and a masked gang attacked photographers’ cars outside his house. Also: Caution is rarely a factor on the pitch for Barcelona but off it the club are not prepared to leave anything to chance as they flew by private jet to Stansted last night two days ahead of schedule to avoid any potential disruption caused by the Icelandic ash cloud.
DAILY MAIL: Arsene Wenger has dropped a major hint that he is ready to make a spectacular move for Karim Benzema. Wenger says a move for Real Madrid’s French striker “doesn’t seem impossible” even if it would represent a big change in transfer policy for the Arsenal manager.
Newcastle have made an improved £10m bid for Lorient striker Kevin Gameiro. Valencia are Gameiro’s preferred option, but Newcastle boss Alan Pardew hopes his latest offer will discourage the Spanish club. Premier League clubs have been put on red alert after former Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill re-entered the job market.
Sir Alex Ferguson has attempted to impose his own gagging order on a journalist who dared to ask him about Ryan Giggs at Manchester United’s Champions League press conference yesterday. Also: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini flew to Abu Dhabi last night for talks with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak as his relationship with Garry Cook and Brian Marwood continued to show signs of strain.
DAILY STAR: Nemanja Vidic has told Barcelona to forget about conning Manchester United out of Champions League glory. Also: Inter Milan are preparing a £15m bid for Arsenal’s Alex Song.
DAILY MIRROR: Nemanja Vidic has told Barcelona that Manchester United are ready for their dirty tricks. Also: Manchester United’s class of 1992 were reunited last night for Gary Neville’s testimonial as beaming boss Sir Alex Ferguson posed with Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, David Beckham, Gary and Phil Neville and Paul Scholes.
THE GUARDIAN: Michael Owen has revealed his frustration with the England manager, Fabio Capello, over the apparent end of his international career. Also: Lord Coe has defended the ticketing process for the 2012 Olympics, with organisers saying the majority of applicants will see money go out of their accounts by midnight tonight.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Ryan Giggs made his first public appearance on Tuesday night since being revealed as the footballer covered by a privacy injunction when he played in Gary Neville’s testimonial against Juventus at Old Trafford - hours after journalists’ cars were attacked and vandalised outside his house. Also: Nemanja Vidic insists Manchester United are ready to cope with Barcelona’s “different mentality” amid fears the Spanish champions will turn to gamesmanship and ‘dirty tricks’ in Saturday’s Champions League final.
DAILY EXPRESS: Nemanja Vidic last night warned Barcelona that Manchester United will not fall for any dirty tricks in the Champions League final on Saturday. Also: The scale of the rip-off of Manchester United and Barcelona fans at Wembley for Saturday’s Champions League final is exposed today by a Daily Express investigation.