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WE take a look around the papers for the latest from Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Birmingham City and Liverpool.

DAILY MIRROR: Manchester City have been turned down by Bologna after making an approach for £17.5m-rated Gaston Ramirez, according to the Uruguayan midfielder’s agent.

Rafael van der Vaart plunged another dagger into Arsenal’s title hopes with a White Hart Lane double last night. Also: Chelsea went second after a three-goal romp against Birmingham.

THE SUN: Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov is wanted by Spanish side Sevilla who are willing to pay £12m for the 30-year-old Bulgarian.

Bayern Munich club president Uli Hoeness is confident of beating Manchester United in the battle to sign Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. “If he doesn’t come this year, he’ll come next year,” said Hoeness.

Harry Redknapp wrote off Arsenal’s title bid after Arsene Wenger’s side blew a 3-1 lead at the Lane last night. Also: Carlo Ancelotti saw Chelsea blow the title race wide open and then warned Manchester United: It’s game on.

DAILY STAR: Arsenal blew their chance to close the gap on Manchester United at the top of the Premier League last night. Also: Pepe Reina is ready to commit his future to Anfield.

DAILY EXPRESS: Arsenal’s title hopes took another jolt as they were held 3-3 by Tottenham in a classic at White Hart Lane. Also: Liverpool are becoming increasingly bullish that Pepe Reina will commit his future to the club.

DAILY MAIL: Manchester City defender Micah Richards could be ready to pursue his career abroad after setting up a meeting with agent Ernesto Bronzetti, who has close ties to the likes of Real Madrid and AC Milan.

Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko and Everton midfielder Diniyar Bilyaledinov are being targeted by Rubin Kazan, who hope to convince the pair to return to their native Russia.

Rafael van der Vaart was the toast of Tottenham last night as his double all but ended Arsenal’s Premier League title hopes. Also: Carlton Cole has been fined #20,000 by the FA for his Twitter comments during England’s match against Ghana last month.

THE GUARDIAN: Arsenal stand six points adrift of the Premier league leaders Manchester United but, if ambition is at an end in this campaign, there was proof here of the talent they and, indeed Tottenham Hotspur, can bring to bear in the future. Also: The Rugby Football Union has placed bets totalling around #250,000 on England being successful at the World Cup in New Zealand this autumn.

THE INDEPENDENT: In a match that seemed to sum up their season, Arsenal last night waster another chance to make up ground in the Premier League title chase by surrendering a two-goal lead over Tottenham Hotspur for the second time in five months. Also: Chelsea crept up to second place with a convincing display against Birmingham, a day after manager Carlo Ancelotti had conceded his team had little hope of retaining their title.

THE TIMES: Arsenal squandered a two-goal lead in a pulsating 3-3 draw away to Tottenham Hotspur last night that severely dented their hopes of winning the Barclays Premier League title. Also: But for the sight of Fernando Torres sitting forlornly on the substitutes’ bench it would have been possible to believe all is well at Stamford Bridge.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: This was a masterpiece of a match, a real Clasico, a game that showcased the attacking best and defensive worst of two of the London sides but ultimately proving only of benefit to Manchester’s finest. Also: Wasps are set to sack Andy Powell over the pub brawl with football fans which left him unconscious and needing 10 stitches in a head wound.