Club’s £25m swoop for world class striker

Arsenal's Robin van Persie
Arsenal's Robin van Persie
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WE take a look around the papers for the latest gossip from Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Reading, Manchester City, Manchester United, Bolton Wanderers, Wolves, Everton and Liverpool.

DAILY MIRROR: Robin van Persie’s agent has reportedly held talks with Juventus, who are prepared to pay Arsenal in excess of £25m for the 28-year-old Dutch striker.

Tottenham are unlikely to make Emmanuel Adebayor’s loan move to White Hart Lane a permanent transfer after the striker reportedly had a frank exchange of views about his indifferent form with boss Harry Redknapp.

Didier Drogba was last night at the centre of a Champions League “cheat” storm. Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed his interest in Lille midfielder Eden Hazard.

Premier League newcomers Reading are keen to acquire Crystal Palace duo Wilfried Zaha, 19, and Nathaniel Clyne, 21, in an £8m raid.

DAILY EXPRESS: Pep Guardiola gave Chelsea a dramatic sign of how the pressure is getting to Barcelona by losing his temper ahead of the second leg of their Champions League semi-final tonight. Also: Yaya Toure says Manchester City can win their last three games and take the title off rivals United.

THE GUARDIAN: Roberto Di Matteo will send his Chelsea team out into the ferocious atmosphere of the Camp Nou convinced they have the resilience and quality to knock Barcelona, the holders, out of the Champions League and go on to claim the trophy for the first time. Also: Wayne Smith is considering whether to become part of England’s quest to win the 2015 World Cup after meeting the host nation’s head coach, Stuart Lancaster, in South Africa last Friday.

THE TIMES: Roberto Di Matteo has dismissed criticism of his side’s defensive tactics and insists that Chelsea would be worthy European champions. Also: Roberto Mancini has been given the clearest indication yet that he will keep his job even if Manchester City miss out on the Barclays Premier League title after a public vote of confidence from Sheikh Mansour, the club’s billionaire owner.

DAILY MAIL: Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Manchester United’s interest in Lille midfielder Eden Hazard, having watched the 21-year-old against Lyon.

The BBC is in danger of losing another of its sporting “crown jewels” after organisers of the Open golf championship fired a warning shot yesterday. Also: The PFA were yesterday forced to defend their decision to include convicted rapist Ched Evans in the League One team of the year.

DAILY STAR: Roberto Di Matteo last night ordered his Chelsea stars walking a disciplinary tightrope to banish fears of missing the Champions League final. Also: Pep Guardiola last night launched an amazing four-letter word outburst on the eve of his side’s showdown with Chelsea.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: The hand of Jose Mourinho will be subtly guiding his former players when Chelsea embark on Operation Block Barca here in the Nou Camp tonight. Also: Yaya Toure claims Manchester United have given Manchester City a second chance of winning the Premier League title following their unexpected loss of form.

THE INDEPENDENT: Roberto Di Matteo said last night that he believed his Chelsea team have the potential to win the Champions League this season, as they prepare to defend a one-goal lead tonight in the second leg of the semi-final against Barcelona in the Nou Camp. Also: Bolton manager Owen Coyle has told his side they must forget about the injuries they have and cash in their games in hand to avoid following Wolves into the Championship.

THE SUN: Everton boss David Moyes has urged the club to provide him with transfer funds to avoid falling further behind the big clubs in the Premier League.

Liverpool’s Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez could stay with the club following the departure of director of football Damien Comolli, having been expected to leave in the summer.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique last night challenged Didier Drogba to stay on his feet in tonight’s Nou Camp face-off. Also: Nani admits that Manchester United are furious about letting rivals City back into the title race.