WE take a look around the papers for the latest from Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion, Bolton Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland.
DAILY MAIL: Manchester City are ready to listen to offers for striker Edin Dzeko, which has alerted both Juventus and Real Madrid. The 26-year-old cost city £27m last summer.
Wayne Rooney stepped up his seemingly one-man mission to keep the Barclays Premier League title at Old Trafford last night. Also: Didier Drogba was last night warned to expect a Benfica backlash after performing what appeared to be a celebration jig at the prospect of a Champions League clash with the Portuguese team.
Sunderland striker Nicklas Bendtner has scored three goals in his last five matches - despite not being able to see thanks to his mask.
THE SUN: Wayne Rooney found the key to the title - with his 21st league goal of the season. Also: Didier Drogba faces a Benfica backlash tonight after being filmed mocking the Portuguese giants on Chelsea TV.
DAILY MIRROR: Goalkeeper Ben Foster is in the middle of an increasingly heated tug of war between West Brom, who want to buy him, and current club Birmingham City.
Wayne Rooney delivered a crushing title blow as Manchester United opened up a three-point lead on their noisy neighbours. Also: Benfica coach Jorge Jesus last night pleaded to make Didier Drogba pay for “disrespecting” the Portuguese giants.
DAILY EXPRESS: Wayne Rooney continued his rich form with the only goal against Fulham to take Manchester United back to the top of the Premier League. Also: Sir Clive Woodward has been linked with a surprise return as England rugby union coach.
DAILY STAR: Nervous Manchester United returned to the top of the Premier League last night - but only just. Also: Benfica last night warned Didier Drogba they’d shake him up for real tonight in the Stadium of Light.
THE TIMES: Chelsea are prepared to make Laurent Blanc the highest-paid manager in Britain if the France coach is interested in taking charge at Stamford Bridge this summer. Also: When Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch at White Hart lane 10 days ago, most feared for his life, but as the Bolton Wanderers players prepare to return to the scene of that traumatic episode for the first time tonight, they will do so with a growing sense of encouragement about their stricken team-mate’s health.
THE GUARDIAN: Manchester United have moved three points clear of Manchester City, with eight games to go, and will enjoy the view from the top of the table. Also: Chelsea will consider lobbying the Football Association to have their FA Cup semi-final brought forward by 48 hours to a Friday evening should they progress beyond Benfica to confront Barcelona or Milan in the last four of the Champions League.`
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Manchester United moved three points clear of Manchester City in the race for the Premier League with a typical piece of unerring finishing by Wayne Rooney, but this game ended controversially. Also: There’s a video, first aired on Chelsea TV, apparently showing Didier Drogba shaking with fake fear when he is told that Chelsea had drawn Benfica in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
THE INDEPENDENT: Roberto Di Matteo last night attempted to bolster his Chelsea team’s morale ahead of tonight’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie against Benfica, following a withering assessment of their season by Frank Lampard. Also: It will not be a normal FA Cup quarter-final at White Hart Lane tonight.