Paper Talk: April 27
Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham & Barcelona headlines
Arsene Wenger likened Robin van Persie’s move to Manchester United to that of a broody woman with no children at 39, claiming the Dutchman felt he didn’t have much time left to win trophies.
The Gunners boss said he was extremely frustrated at losing Van Persie and revealed that the 29-year-old did all he could to force through the move.
Meanwhile, Manchester United target Mehdi Benatia has urged one of the big Premier League clubs to make a bid for him.
Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly keen on bringing in the Morocco international, who says he will only leave Italy for a major English club.
Chelsea captain John Terry says he could never play for another English club as he gave an outline of his future.
The Stamford Bridge favourite is desperate for a new deal at Chelsea but vowed to see out his current contract, which expires next summer, even if he isn’t offered a new one.
Andre Villas-Boas says Tottenham Hotspur must qualify for the Champions League if they are to have any hope of keeping Gareth Bale.
The Spurs manager insisted the Welsh winger would remain at White Hart Lane but only if they can give him football at the highest level.
Manchester City are trying to prise Stephan El Shaarawy away from AC Milan but the Serie A giants are determined to hang on to him.
The San Siro club fear a big bid for the Italy international in the summer from a club such as Manchester City but will try to resist all interest.
Barcelona have already started the processes towards signing Brazil star Neymar and Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels this summer.
The Camp Nou club have prioritised a goalkeeper, a central defender and a striker for the summer transfer window, with “operations” on two of those options already under way.