What today’s papers are saying: Sunday, June 9, 2013.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Returning Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is preparing a staggering £90million transfer splash on top strikers Edinson Cavani and Hulk. Also: Stuart Pearce’s six-year tenure as England Under-21s boss is now under real threat after last night’s disastrous 3-1 defeat to Norway... The England cricket team and the British and Irish Lions gave a glimpse yesterday of what could be a glorious sporting summer of domination over the Australians.
THE MAIL ON SUNDAY: Arsene Wenger is ready to smash Arsenal’s transfer record this week with bids for three of Europe’s fastest-rising stars. Also: Chelsea have offered keeper Thibault Courtois and £40million to Napoli in a bid to break the impasse over Edinson Cavani... Warren Gatland’s British and Irish Lions finally got the opposition they desired but were left counting the cost of a bruising encounter with the Queensland Reds which saw winger Tommy Bowe become the third casualty of the tour inside 48 hours.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: Jose Mourinho has targeted Bayern Munich’s Mario Gomez as an alternative to Napoli’s Edinson Cavani as Chelsea attempt to recruit a centre-forward. Also: The Lions risked causing a war of words after Warren Gatland, the head coach, appeared to accuse his opposite number, Robbie Deans, of spying on the tourists in training.
THE SUN ON SUNDAY: Manchester United face an almighty battle to land Cristiano Ronaldo. Also: New Everton boss Roberto Martinez insists Marouane Fellaini is going nowhere... Lewis Hamilton was drawn into Mercedes’ plans to keep their controversial ‘Tyregate’ test a secret.
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: Warren Gatland and his fellow members of the Lions hierarchy went into a coaching conclave last night following the loss of a third player in the space of 24 hours. Also: George Bailey, Australia’s temporary captain, paid generous tribute to England’s bowlers yesterday... Iago Aspas had plenty of offers when he decided it was time to leave Celta Vigo but there only one place he was going.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Demba Ba faces a fight to save his Chelsea career after just five months at Stamford Bridge. Also: Warren Gatland has accused the Aussies of spying on his Lions stars... Edin Dzeko is set to be handed a lifeline by new Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini.
SUNDAY PEOPLE: Manuel Pellegrini takes charge of Manchester City this week and will ask Etihad chiefs to sanction a move for £30million Real Madrid star Angel Di Maria. Also: Jermain Defoe believes Tottenham are trying to push him out - after the England striker was offered to at least three other Premier League clubs as part of proposed deals... Lions boss Warren Gatland last night revealed how he sent his coaches after Aussie spies who were filming his stars in training.
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: James Anderson led an outstanding England bowling performance yesterday, which even the Australians admitted posed ominous signs for the Ashes. Also: Jose Mourinho is planning a move for Real Madrid’s Xabi Alonso as he begins his overhaul of the Chelsea squad... Phil Neville revealed yesterday that he was stopping playing “at any level” and not just in the Premier League as earlier announced.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Jose Mourinho will launch his return to Chelsea by making Porto’s £20million-rated Eliaquim Mangala his new John Terry. Also: Swansea have earmarked Gus Poyet and Gianfranco Zola as potential replacements for unsettled boss Michael Laudrup... Jack Nicklaus thinks Tiger Woods will move a step closer to matching his haul of 18 Major victories by winning this week’s US Open.
THE OBSERVER: Stuart Pearce reiterated his desire to remain the England Under-21 manager in the long term despite a chastening 3-1 defeat against Norway that means England have been eliminated from the European Championship finals after only two matches. Also: The former Australia coach John Connolly fears this year’s Lions tour could be the last of its kind because of the under-strength teams they are facing in the build-up to the Test series against the Wallabies.