Paper Talk - 11 January 2013

Mario Balotelli: Could still move to AC Milan

Paper Talk: City expect Balotelli bid

Manchester City expect Milan to make a £24m bid for Mario Balotelli and Tottenham are in talks over a £15m move for Sevilla's Alvaro Negredo.

The Sun
  • Rafa Benitez is a dead man walking at Chelsea following the humiliating home defeat by Swansea.
  • Manchester City are expecting AC Milan to make a £24million bid for Mario Balotelli - despite branding him 'a rotten apple'.
  • Bradford boss Phil Parkinson could spurn a possible Wembley appearance to take the reins at Blackpool or Doncaster.
  • QPR boss Harry Redknapp is set to sign Stoke's Wilson Palacios.
  • Inter have agreed to Galatasaray's £8m bid for Wesley Sneijder.
  • Newcastle are set to beat Spurs and West Ham to sign Cameroon defender Gaetan Bong.
  • Manchester United are eyeing up an £8m bid for Atletico Madrid keeper David Gil, 18.
Daily Mirror
  • Manchester City are confident a deal can still be struck with AC Milan to offload Mario Balotelli.
  • Southampton face a battle to keep record signing Gaston Ramirez as he is being lined up for a return to Italy with Inter Milan.
  • Fulham are set to make the first move in the race for Birmingham keeper Jack Butland.
  • Harry Redknapp is competing with LA Galaxy for Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne.
  • Bolton winger Martin Petrov is making a shock move to Espanyol.
  • Nottingham Forest boss Alex McLeish is set to sign winger Chris Burke from his old club Birmingham in a £500,000 deal.
Daily Star
  • Andre Villas-Boas yesterday hit back at Harry Redknapp, telling him: You don't know what you're talking about.
  • Manchester City are still confident of striking a deal with AC Milan to offload troubled striker Mario Balotelli.
  • Wayne Rooney has told Sir Alex Ferguson he is desperate to face bitter rivals Liverpool this weekend.
  • Aston Villa have approached Inter Milan over a move for midfielder Phillipe Coutinho.
Daily Mail
  • Angry Chelsea fans have decided to boycott matches until Rafa Benitez is dumped, it was claimed last night.
  • Jamie Oliver was Manchester City's surprise transfer-window signing yesterday, agreeing a five-year deal to take care of all catering needs at the Etihad.
  • Tottenham are in talks over a £15m swoop for Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo.
  • Newcastle are keen on landing Rennes bad boy Yann M'Vila this month.
  • Sunderland are giving a 10-day trial to American goalkeeper Joe Willis.
  • QPR are weighing up a deal for Zulte Waregem striker Habib Habibou.
  • Nottingham Forest will move for Blackburn keeper Paul Robinson.
Daily Express
  • Roman Abramovich will make Pep Guardiola a "take it or leave it" £18 million-a-year deal to become Chelsea's next manager in the summer.
  • Real Madrid have opened negotiations with Ashley Cole over a summer move to start the race for the England full-back's signature.
Daily Telegraph
  • Rafael Benitez believes he could be a target for Real Madrid in the summer if his spell as interim manager of Chelsea finishes with the sack at the end of the season.
Independent
  • Newcastle have been rocked by the request of their captain, Fabricio Coloccini, to leave the club during the January transfer window. The 30-year-old told club officials yesterday that he wants to return to Argentina.
  • Arsenal have joined the race to sign Loic Remy from Marseille in a deal which could cost them £10m.
The Times
  • Andre Villas-Boas, who says he has not spoken to Harry Redknapp in more than a year, may be expected to have a frank exchange of views with his predecessor as Tottenham manager when the pair stand shoulder to shoulder at Loftus Road tomorrow lunchtime.
The Guardian
  • Manchester City believe Mario Balotelli could be bought by Milan, despite Silvio Berlusconi branding him a "rotten apple", and the Premier League champions are willing to accept about 30 million euros (£24.6m) for the troubled striker.

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