WE take a look around the papers for the latest news from Liverpool, Norwich City, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Real Madrid, Cardiff City, Barcelona, Leeds United, Middlesbrough, Celtic, Newcastle United and Barcelona.
DAILY MAIL: Aston Villa’s Ashley Young, who is out of contract at the end of next season, is a summer target for Real Madrid.
Barcelona are heading for Wembley after finishing off Real Madrid. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson has urged his Manchester United players not to let their season evaporate in the space of the next five days; Cardiff manager Dave Jones ripped into his players yesterday after finding out they had been out drinking 48 hours before the crushing 3-0 defeat against Middlesbrough that cost them the chance of automatic promotion to the Barclays Premier League. Leeds winger Max Gradel is ready to turn down interest from Newcastle so he can sign a new contract at Elland Road.
THE SUN: Manchester United will face Barcelona in the Champions League final - providing Alex Ferguson’s side finish the job tonight against Schalke. Also: Alex Ferguson is ready to rest Wayne Rooney tonight - so he will be fresh to face Chelsea; Norwich will be urged to build a statue of Delia Smith to celebrate promotion; Kenny Dalglish wants the final say on all Liverpool’s transfer deals.
DAILY MIRROR: Sir Alex Ferguson has told his Manchester United players not to let history repeat itself this week. Also: Barcelona survived a storm at the Nou Camp and an onslaught from Madrid last night to book their place at Wembley. Norwich manager Paul Lambert is to be awarded the freedom of the city after the club’s back-to-back promotions to reach the Premier League.
DAILY EXPRESS: Celtic’s Scottish players’ player of the year Emilio Izaguirre, who has been linked with several English teams, says he has no wish to leave Parkhead after his impressive debut season.
Barcelona booked their place in the Champions League final last night - and Jose Mourinho watched from his hotel room. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson last night warned his players: Don’t allow history to repeat itself.
DAILY STAR: Jose Mourinho was nowhere to be seen last night as Barcelona booked their place in the Champions League final. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson has told arch rivals Chelsea to forget about pinching the Premier League title at Old Trafford; Stuart Pearce has thrown the gauntlet down to Arsene Wenger and Kenny Dalglish by naming their best young stars in his squad for the European Under-21 finals.
THE GUARDIAN: The last instalment of a four-match, 18-day scorpion dance that became nastier by the day was a proper contest in which Real Madrid recovered their attacking instincts but Barcelona advanced to a probable meeting with Manchester United in the Champions League final at Wembley. Also: Following years of pressure from politicians and the media, the Leeds United chairman, Ken Bates, last night said he had taken control of the club in order to quell speculation over its secretive ownership structure.
THE INDEPENDENT: Barcelona progressed to the Champions League final last night with a 3-1 aggregate win over Real Madrid. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson served a reminder last night that five days last spring destroyed Manchester United’s season and exhorted his players to guard against a complacency which could allow history to repeat itself.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: So Wembley will have the privilege of seeing Lionel Messi, a one-man age of enlightenment, in the Champions League final on May 28. Also: FIFA has announced a two-stage testing programme for goal-line technology as the pressure builds for the introduction of systems to help referees determine whether the ball has crossed the line.
THE TIMES: Sir Alex Ferguson’s fears that Manchester United’s lead in the Barclays Premier League could “evaporate” will impel him to rest several key players for their Champions League semi-final, second leg against Schalke tonight. Also: No complaints this time, surely. Real Madrid took a draw at the Nou Camp last night but the victory was all Barcelona’s, moral and sporting, as Pep Guardiola’s team took their place in the Champions League final.