£25m star hints at move to ‘beautiful club’

Wesley Sneijder
Wesley Sneijder
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WE take a look around the papers for the latest from Manchester United, Arsenal, Stoke City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Inter Milan.

DAILY MAIL: Inter Milan’s Dutch star Wesley Sneijder has called Manchester United a “beautiful club” in an interview which will give United manager Sir Alex Ferguson encouragement to attempt a £25m summer swoop for the 26-year-old.

Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs all but clinched a Champions League final date at Wembley for Manchester United last night with two goals in four minutes. Also: Tony Pulis picked up the points necessary to secure this season’s primary objective in some style, but he paid a heavy price for them.

THE SUN: Alex Ferguson is off to Wembley again. Also: Arsenal are ready to reluctantly sell Cesc Fabregas for £35million... Stoke’s Matthew Etherington faces FA Cup final agony after suffering a hamstring injury.

DAILY STAR: Two goals in three minutes have taken Manchester United to the brink of the Champions League final at Wembley. Also: Stoke all but guaranteed their Premier League safety and left Wolves floundering in the relegation zone.

DAILY MIRROR: Leicester boss Sven Goran Eriksson has been given a £10m-plus transfer budget to mount a Premier League push at the Foxes next season with the club’s Thai owners ready to sanction a move for striker Emile Heskey from Aston Villa and Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given.

Wayne Rooney banished his German demons to send Manchester United to the brink of the Champions League final at Wembley. Also: Roberto Mancini has told Juventus officials in London he is interested in joining them next season.

DAILY EXPRESS: Ryan Giggs set Manchester United on a return to Wembley as he became the oldest player ever to score in the Champions League but was still disappointed as they hit only two goals against Schalke in a one-sided Champions League semi-final. Also: Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola conceded last night that Jose Mourinho has won the war of words between them - but said he will concentrate on winning the football.

THE GUARDIAN: Manchester United looked assured of their place in the Champions League final for the third time in four seasons. Also: Gerard Houllier is expected to make a decision about his future at the end of the season but it looks increasingly unlikely that he will not be seen in frontline management again.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Manchester United had to get past the man called Manuel but can now think about Spaniards at Wembley. Also: Like a proud bull who has been taunted and prodded beyond endurance, the normally dignified and respectful Pep Guardiola suddenly exploded into a cursing fury at the Bernabeu, unable to take any more of Jose Mourinho’s inflammatory goading.

THE TIMES: Manchester United moved to within touching distance of a third Champions League final in four seasons after outplaying Schalke in Gelsenkirchen last night. Also: Jose Mourinho lit the fuse and Pep Guardiola duly went off like a fizzing rocket yesterday as the most gran of clasicos was overshadowed by a remarkable spat between the coaches.

THE INDEPENDENT: Sir Alex Ferguson last night paid tribute to one of his side’s best performances in Europe as they stormed past Schalke to all-but secure a third Champions League final in four years. Also: Barely 30 miles of motorway but a chasm in quality and self-belief separated Stoke and Wolves, with one heading for the FA Cup final and other, on this evidence, relegation-bound.