Paper Talk: March 17
Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur & Barcelona news
Manchester City are ready to break the British transfer record and bid a whopping £52million for Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao.
Citizens boss Roberto Mancini in desperate to land the free-scoring Colombia international and Etihad Stadium officials believe they have the upper hand on their rivals in the chase for him.
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny wants to stay and fight for his place in the team, despite being dropped recently by manager Arsene Wenger.
Lukasz Fabianski has played in the Gunners last two fixtures and has kept two clean sheets in two victories.
Chelsea captain John Terry says interim manager Rafael Benitez is right to rotate his squad, even though the defender is angry at not playing every game.
Terry has been used sparingly since recovering from a knee injury and accepts that this is the way it must be with so many games at this stage in the season.
Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Rio Ferdinand will answer Roy Hodgson’s call and join up with the England squad this week.
The Manchester United manager had cast doubt on the possibility of the defender joining the Three Lions due to his special preparations for matches but Ferguson confirmed the veteran would be there after impressing again in the 1-0 win over Reading at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Mousa Dembele is better than his Tottenham teammate Gareth Bale, according to Martin Jol.
The Fulham boss has managed both players and revealed he was desperate to stop Dembele moving from Craven Cottage to White Hart Lane last summer before claiming the Belgium international is better on the ball than Bale.
Barcelona could be without captain Carles Puyol for the rest of the season after he was forced to undergo knee surgery.
It was the second time in 12 months that the Camp Nou defender has had knee surgery and Barcelona’s club surgeon revealed how the 34-year-old had been trying to play through the pain but it had become unbearable.