What today’s papers are saying:
THE SUN: Andre Villas-Boas will lose nearly £11million when he is named Tottenham’s new manager next week. The Portuguese coach, 34, did not receive a lump sum pay-off when he was fired by Chelsea last March just eight months into a three-year contract.Instead, the Blues agreed to keep paying his £100,000-a-week salary until he got another job.
DAILY MAIL: Ivo Karlovic will make an official complaint to Wimbledon and demand an inquiry into the foot-fault row that blew up in his defeat by Andy Murray. Also: The scoreline, 6-0 6-2, tells its own story, so where do you stand on the debate? It is the one we have at this stage most years: plucky Brits or national embarrassment.
DAILY MIRROR: Manchester United are on the brink of signing Leighton Baines. Also: Cesc Fabregas admits Mario Balotelli is the greatest threat to Spain’s bid for history.
DAILY EXPRESS: Andy Murray fears his could be the next head on the block if Marcos Baghdatis explodes on to Centre Court today, inspired by the Rosol factor. Also: Mario Balotelli is hoping to cap the best season of his career by inspiring Italy to Euro 2012 success in Sunday’s final.
DAILY STAR: Mario Balotelli last night vowed to stay a Manchester City player next season. Also: Real Madrid are desperate to snatch David Silva from Manchester City in a shock £30m deal.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: The sight was at once so alien, and yet so familiar at Wimbledon. Not even 24 hours had passed since Lukas Rosol’s second-round swatting of Rafael Nadal when Roger Federer was forced on Friday night to survive a compelling struggle for his Wimbledon survival, falling two sets behind to inspired Frenchman Julien Benneteau, the world No32, before eventually prevailing in five.
THE TIMES: There was acute embarrassment for rugby’s governing bodies last night when London Welsh won their appeal against the decision to deny them promotion to the Aviva Premiership. Also: On a day when they curiously closed the roof on the sunniest day of the Wimbledon Championships, we had to expect something rather special.
THE GUARDIAN: Spain’s resplendent champions stand accused of suffocating the game. In Italy, football struggles to extricate itself from its umpteenth scandal. And yet there is an excellent chance that on Sunday night in Kiev’s Olympic Stadium the two teams representing these nations will provide a contest of skill and courage to burnish the game’s reputation.
THE INDEPENDENT: Andy Murray will be the last person to look beyond his third-round meeting with Marcos Baghdatis here this afternoon, but at least his supporters can dream. Rafael Nadal, who beat the Scot in the semi-finals at the last two Wimbledons and was seeded to meet him at the same stage next week, lost on Thursday night to Lukas Rosol.