WE take a look around the papers for the latest including news from Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Cheslea, Arsenal and Newcastle United.
DAILY EXPRESS: Arsene Wenger’s call for his team to fight for the title was taken literally, as Robin van Persie and Abou Diaby had a bust-up. Also: Defiant Carlo Ancelotti came out fighting ahead of the game that is likely to decide his future as Chelsea manager.
DAILY MAIL: Manchester City have held preliminary talks to sign veteran Dutch midfielder Clarence Seedorf when his contract with AC Milan expires at the end of the season.
Liverpool have already agreed a deal to sign Newcastle left-back Jose Enrique for £15m at the end of the season. The news was revealed by former Reds assistant boss Phil Thompson during an appearance as a pundit on Norwegian television.
Carlo Ancelotti came out fighting over his Chelsea future last night and insisted Champions League elimination would not cost him his job. Also: Andy Carroll scored his first goals for Liverpool last night as miserable Manchester City suffered the worst possible preparation for their FA Cup semi-final against neighbours United.
DAILY MIRROR: Sir Alex Ferguson has warned that Roman Abramovich’s “obsession” with winning the Champions League could help Manchester United. Also: Andy Carroll scored his first Liverpool goals - but Carlos Tevez suffered a suspected torn hamstring and is almost certainly out of City’s FA Cup semi-final on Saturday.
THE GUARDIAN: Stan Kroenke yesterday launched his bid for full control of Arsenal in a deal valuing them at £731m but there is nothing in the agreement to prevent him using the club’s own cash to pay for it. Also: Carlo Ancelotti says he is “not afraid” of the consequences should Chelsea be knocked out of the Champions League at Manchester United this evening and reiterated his conviction that his prospects of seeing out the final year of his contract are not dependent on winning the competition.
DAILY STAR: Two-goal Andy Carroll made sure Manchester City suffered the worst possible preparation for Saturday’s FA Cup showdown with neighbours United. Also: Robin van Persie launched a blistering attack on team-mate Abou Diaby at half-time against Blackpool on Sunday.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Manchester City are set to offer more than 40million euros (£35million) for Udinese striker Alexis Sanchez, who is being courted by a number of Europe’s leading clubs. Also: Alisher Usmanov, Arsenal’s second-largest shareholder, failed with two dramatic late offers on Sunday night to prevent Stan Kroenke taking control of Arsenal.
THE TIMES: Carlo Ancelotti insists that his future as Chelsea manager will not be decided by the outcome of this evening’s Champions League quarter-final, second leg against Manchester United. Also: MPs yesterday urged Lord Triesman, the former FA chairman, to expose the dark side of world football to a parliamentary inquiry after his claim in the Times that a FIFA executive committee member asked for funds to build an education centre in his native country.
THE INDEPENDENT: The Chelsea manager, Carlo Ancelotti, made the bold claim last night that his job would still be safe even if his team were eliminated from the Champions League by Manchester United in their quarter-final second leg at Old Trafford tonight. Also: The first ever semi-professional women’s league in England has arrived. The FA Women’s Super League kicks off tomorrow when Arsenal Ladies - who have dominated the game for over a decade - face Chelsea Ladies in what has been described by David Bernstein, the chairman of the FA, as a “true landmark in the game”.
THE SUN: Alex Ferguson reckons Chelsea are ‘obsessed’ with winning the Champions League. Also: Stan Kroenke hopes to complete his £500million takeover at Arsenal - and immediately urge Arsene Wenger to increase his transfer spending... Mark Cueto is clear to play in the autumn World Cup after escaping with a nine-week ban for eye-gouging.