WE take a look around the world of football for the latest news and gossip.
DAILY MIRROR: Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema is willing to join Aston Villa on loan if the Spanish giants sign Manchester City’s Emmanuel Adebayor.
Former Manchester City boss Hughes said he would not be in a position to sign Adebayor. However, a he could still move for winger Shaun Wright-Phillips.
Chelsea are close to a £21m deal for Benfica centre-back David Luiz, with right-back Paulo Ferreira moving in the opposite direction. The Premier League champions are also keen on £18m Ajax right-back Gregory van der Wiel.
Roberto Mancini has told Manchester City’s training-ground brawlers to continue knocking lumps out of each other. Also: Wayne Rooney has won his battle to lead Manchester United’s title charge.
DAILY MAIL: Roberto Mancini has underlined his tough-guy image at Manchester City by fining the four players recently involved in training ground bust-ups. Also: Arsenal are close to agreeing a £5million deal for Southampton youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
DAILY EXPRESS: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is happy for his ‘fight club’ to punch their way to the Premier League title this season. Also: Kenny Dalglish is set to discover whether Liverpool will provide him with funds to try to arrest the club’s sharp decline.
THE SUN: Frank Lampard last night lifted the lid on Chelsea’s confidence crisis and admitted: We don’t know if we’re going to win or lose any more. Also: Rafael van der Vaart wants to stay at Spurs for the rest of his career.
DAILY STAR: Tottenham coach Les Ferdinand has questioned the club’s move to sign David Beckham. Also: Chelsea are set to offer Paulo Ferreira as bait to land Benfica defender David Luiz.
THE TIMES: Tottenham Hotspur expect to earn at least £150million from selling the naming rights to a new stadium on the Olympic Park in East London, The Times has learnt. Also: Cesc Fabregas, the Arsenal captain, has accused Ipswich Town of playing rugby, not football, in the first leg of their Carling Cup semi-final.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Kenny Dalglish will ask Liverpool’s principal owner, John W Henry, to provide the funds for as many as four January signings in an attempt to rectify the club’s desperately disappointing campaign when the pair meet in the next 48 hours. Also: Chelsea are looking to shake up their defence by putting right-back Jose Bosingwa up for sale and targeting £15million-rated Atletico Madrid centre-half Diego Godin.
THE GUARDIAN: The Tote, the government-owned bookmaker, is braced for a backlash over plans to move a portion of its business offshore and reduce its tax liabilities in the process. Also: David Lammy, an MP who is bitterly opposed to Tottenham Hotspur’s bid to move to the Olympic Park, has vowed to start legal action to stop the club taking the name with them if they win the right to move east.
THE INDEPENDENT: The FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, was facing meltdown in his organisation last night after Qatar, the tiny emirate controversially chosen by football’s world governing body to host the 2022 World Cup finals, rejected FIFA’s proposals to switch the tournament to the winter. Also: Ryan Giggs has told The Independent that he will not play for Wales again, removing the last hopes of his own nation that Gary Speed’s installation as manager might tempt him out of retirement.