Paper Talk - 28 February 2013

Cavani: One of Europe's hottest properties

Paper Talk: Real in Cavani chase

Real Madrid will rival Manchester City for the signature of Napoli's Edinson Cavani, while Reading's Jay Tabb is a Blackburn target.

The Sun
  • Rafa Benitez snapped on Wednesday night and launched a blistering attack on Chelsea and their fans - before claiming he will leave the club in the summer.
  • Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand claims fans who compare Gareth Bale to Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo know nothing about football.
  • Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert insists he wants 21-year-old striker Andi Weimann to sign a new deal.
  • Stoke boss Tony Pulis is lining up a summer move for Bolton left-back Marcos Alonso, 21, after missing out on him last month.
  • West Brom manager Steve Clarke wants to keep on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, 19, at the Hawthorns for another season.
  • Out-of-favour Cardiff City striker Robert Earnshaw is in talks to sign for Major League Soccer outfit Toronto on loan.
Daily Mirror
  • Rafa Benitez headed for the Chelsea exit door on Wednesday night after slating fans for not supporting the club.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson has moved to quell dressing-room unrest by telling his fringe players they can still play a part in Manchester United's treble quest.
  • Blackburn want to sign Reading midfielder Jay Tabb on loan.
Daily Star
  • Tottenham are tracking Sochaux right-back Sebastien Corchia, 22, who is also wanted by Juventus and Werder Bremen.
  • Inter Milan have dropped plans to offer former West Ham striker John Carew a short-term deal because of fitness concerns.
  • QPR striker Hogan Ephraim, 24, is set to link up with former R's team-mate Ryan Nelsen with a loan move to MLS side Toronto.
Daily Mail
  • Rafa Benitez risks being sacked on Thursday after a blast at Chelsea fans and owner Roman Abramovich following Wednesday night's 2-0 FA Cup win at Middlesbrough.
  • Manchester City's hopes of buying Napoli striker Edinson Cavani are looking increasingly thin, with Real Madrid ready to offer significant competition in the race for his signature.
The Guardian
  • Tottenham have rejected a bid from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala to take defender Younes Kaboul on loan until the end of the season.
Daily Telegraph
  • Rafa Benitez insists he will quit as Chelsea interim boss at the end of the season after attacking owner Roman Abramovich and the club's critical supporters following Wednesday night's 2-0 FA Cup win at Middlesbrough.
  • Arsenal are ready to relax their wage structure to strengthen their squad.
The Times
  • Rafa Benitez took himself to the brink as Chelsea interim manager on Wednesday night as his fraught relationship with the club's board and fans reached meltdown.
  • Paolo Di Canio's claim that his next managerial job will be in the Premier League has raised speculation that West Ham might be interested in his services.

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