Paper Talk: January 19
Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur & Barcelona headlines
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has questioned the FA's wisdom in overturning the red card handed out to Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany.
Kompany was harshly sent off in the game against Arsenal last weekend for a challenge on jack Wilshere, and Ferguson believes taking the decision to rescind the punishment could open the door to problems for the FA.
Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez will take a risk and start Blues captain John Terry in the clash with Arsenal on Sunday.
Terry has played just 30 minutes of football since he was sidelined in October with a knee injury and Benitez admitted he would be taking a gamble starting him against the Gunners.
However, the Spaniard believes the centre-back’s presence will help Chelsea to turn around their poor recent form at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal have broken their previously strict wage structure in convincing Theo Walcott to sign a new contract and stay at Emirates Stadium.
Walcott’s previous contract was set to expire in the summer but Friday saw him put pen to paper on a new reported thee-and-a-half-year deal worth over £100,000 a week.
The deal will reportedly make the England winger the highest paid player in the Gunners squad after another long-winded transfer saga, which many believed would result in him leaving the club.
Manchester City have reportedly told Mario Balotelli to pack his bags after agreeing a deal with AC Milan for the troubled striker.
According to The Sun, the Italy international has given notice on his rented house in Cheshire and has already started to have his possessions shipped back to his homeland.
Balotelli has courted much controversy since his £22million move to the Etihad stadium from Inter Milan in 2010 and manager Roberto Mancini has reportedly given up trying to get him to realise his vast potential.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has refused to rule out bringing midfielder Lewis Holtby over from Schalke in the January transfer window.
Villas-Boas admitted it would be difficult to get the German star to move in the window, despite Spurs having already signed a pre-contract agreement with him for a summer free transfer
The White Hart Lane club may have their hand forced by the fact that Brazilian midfielder Sandro was confirmed to be out for the rest of the season after rupturing his anterior cruciate knee ligament.
Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has insisted the Camp Nou club’s best players will not be following former boss Pep Guardiola to Bayern Munich as they are all under long-term deals.
Guardiola won 14 trophies in his four years in charge of Barcelona and the recent confirmation that he will take over at Bayern Munich next season led to speculation that he would be trying to poach some of his former charges for the Bundesliga club.