Paper Talk: 9 February 2013

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Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has warned clubs interested in striker Christian Benteke, 22, that he is now worth double the £7m they paid for the Belgian in the summer.

Arsenal have been linked with a move, after Benteke stated he’d like to play for the club one day. [The Sun]

Andre Villas-Boas is set to discipline striker Emmanuel Adebayor after the Togolese striker missed the club’s deadline of 15:00 GMT on Friday to return for training from the Africa Cup of Nations. [Daily Mirror]

Rafa Benitez faces the sack at Chelsea if he loses at home to Wigan today, after a difficult run of just one win from six matches has left the former-Liverpool man on the brink. 

And the Stamford Bridge club would reportedly consider replacing the Spaniard with visiting boss Roberto Martinez. [The Sun]

Roberto Mancini has criticised the impending Premier League financial rules which he believes are designed to strangle the growth of clubs like Manchester City.

The Premier League is set to introduce its own financial guidelines alongside the UEFA financial fair play legislation. [Daily Mail]

Sir Alex Ferguson has been left furious with the Premier League TV scheduling as Manchester United must play Real Madrid three days after their live TV fixture against Everton on Sunday afternoon. 

The United boss questioned the “fairness” of the scheduling, calling it “ridiculous”, even suggesting that he will field two different teams for the two matches. [Daily Express]

Gerard Pique thinks Barcelona can win three trophies this season, and also admitted he’s surprised about Real Madrid’s poor form. 

The Barcelona defender believes the Nou Camp club stand a great chance of completing a historic treble – by lifting the Champions League, defending their Copa Del Rey title, and regaining the La Liga crown. []


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