WE take a look around the papers for the latest from Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Roma, Juventus, Lazio, Norwich City, Aston Villa and Manchester City.
THE SUN: Lazio, Roma and Juventus are all interested in signing Tottenham forward Niko Kranjcar, according to the player’s agent.
Delia Smith wept tears of joy as her beloved Norwich stormed back to the Premier League last night. Also: Roman Abramovich is ready to spend another £80 million this summer to bring “sexy football” to Chelsea.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: The Antics Road Show rolled into Catalonia yesterday, bringing more bile and posturing between Spain’s greatest two clubs. Bad blood continues to flow unstaunched between Real Madrid and Barcelona. Also: Patrice Evra has rallied Manchester United ahead of Sunday’s title decider against Chelsea by telling his team-mates that they will clinch a record-breaking 19th league championship if they stay true to the club’s attacking philosophy.
THE GUARDIAN: The bitter off-field feud that has accompanied the Champions League semi-final between Barcelona and Real Madrid turned into a racism storm when José Mourinho’s assistant coach, Aitor Karanka, hit out at Uefa for overlooking the abuse allegedly directed at the Real Madrid full-back Marcelo by Sergio Busquets. Also: Andy Flower and Andrew Strauss will press England’s managing director, Hugh Morris, to address the unsustainable lifestyles of England’s top cricketers as negotiations begin in earnest this week about the future of both coach and captain.
THE TIMES: A fresh exchange of insults between Real Madrid and Barcelona has set the stage for another bitterly contested contest this evening, with an accusation of racism adding more tension before the Champions League semi-final, second leg at the Nou Camp. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson escaped censure from the FA yesterday after his cryptic claims of a refereeing conspiracy against Manchester United.
THE INDEPENDENT: Xavi Hernandez, the Barcelona midfielder, described Real Madrid’s behaviour as “lamentable” and “pathetic” yesterday as relations between the two clubs continued to plumb new depths on the eve of their Champions League semi-final second leg. Also: The World Cup final referee Howard Webb is set to be announced today as the man in charge of Manchester United’s pivotal Premier League game against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday with the league and referees’ bodies desperate for a solid performance from the officials.
DAILY MIRROR: Simeon Jackson’s golden goal sparked an outbreak of yellow fever as Norwich stormed into the Premier League. Also: Patrice Evra admits Manchester United’s title hopes will be in tatters if they lose to Chelsea on Sunday.
DAILY STAR: Patrice Evra has told his team-mates they are five cup finals from history. Also: Simeon Jackson headed Norwich back into the Premier League at Fratton Park last night.
DAILY EXPRESS: Patrice Evra has warned Manchester United they will blow their chance of a record 19th title if they play like they did at Arsenal. Also: George Graham claims he would have been sacked for going six years without silverware as Arsenal manager - his chairman demanded a trophy every season.
DAILY MAIL: Aston Villa have suffered another setback after losing out to Real Madrid in the race to sign Turkey midfielder Nuri Sahin.
Barcelona and Real Madrid moved from allegations of unfairness and formal complaints to Uefa to accusations of racism yesterday. Also: David Sullivan has revealed why no directors went to see West Ham lose 2-1 at Manchester City - they are sick of their ‘poor’ away form.