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What the papers say on Tuesday, May 31: Manchester United told to cough up 16m to buy Ashley Young

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31 May 2011 06:49:41

What the papers say on Tuesday, May 31: Manchester United told to cough up 16m to buy Ashley Young

ShareDAILY MAIL: FIFA president Sepp Blatter stormed out of a press conference in Zurich last night declaring: 'Crisis, what crisis?' Deluded! As his FIFA empire implodes, Blatter insists there's no crisis after all His game is fair play, or so he says: FIFA President Blatter is under intense pressure Also:Swansea, who 'couldn't pay the electricity bill' eight years ago, yesterday reached the promised land of the Barclays Premier League by beating Reading 4-2 in the ?90million Championship play-off final at Wembley. Swans can make the Premier League sing insists Brendan Rodgers after play-off gloryTHE SUN: Brendan Rodgers and his Swansea play-off heroes have a date with Rod Stewart after sealing their ?90million ticket to the Premier League. Also: Graeme Swann helped spin England to a stunning win over Sri Lanka in the First Test. DAILY MIRROR: Brendan Rodgers and his Swansea heroes are sailing all the way to the Premier League. Also: Chris Tremlett and Graeme Swann ripped through Sri Lanka for one of England's greatest-ever wins. In demand: United are interested in the Villa winger DAILY STAR: Manchester United have been told to cough up ?16m to sign Aston Villa's Ashley Young. Also: Brendan Rodgers revealed Rod Stewart was Swansea's inspiration as they saw off Reading to land a ?90m Premier League jackpot. DAILY EXPRESS: Sepp Blatter issued a 'back me or sack me' edict to his own football family last night as he vowed to cling on to power in the face of FIFA's worst bribery scandal. Also: Swansea are sailing back into the top flight for the first time in 28 years, with Rod Stewart providing inspiration for their thrilling 4-2 Championship play-off final victory over Reading at Wembley. THE INDEPENDENT: While Swansea City were celebrating at Wembley after becoming the first Welsh side to reach the Premier League yesterday, England's cricket team were in Cardiff were in Cardiff completing one of the most remarkable Test victories of all time. Also: The Arsenal midfield prodigy Jack Wilshere, the club's fans' player of the season, has admitted that it would be a 'disaster' if Arsenal were not to win a trophy next season. THE TIMES: Andrew Strauss reflected on 'a perfect start to the summer' last night after leading England to the most astonishing win in his time as captain. Also: Nine years after Swansea's rebirth began in the unlikely setting of a Port Talbot social club, the same fans who gathered that day to save the club could raise a glass to a return to the big time yesterday. THE GUARDIAN: Brendan Rodgers may have been still husky-voiced from extended celebrations in the Swansea City dressing room, but even in the glow of a thrilling 4-2 play-off final defeat of Reading at Wembley Stadium he warmed almost instantly to what may become a familiar motivational theme next season. Also: Andrew Strauss hailed England's innings victory in the opening Test as one of the most extraordinary matches he had experienced as England's bowlers ran amok against Sri Lanka on the final day in Cardiff to go one up in the series. DAILY TELEGRAPH: Shorn of James Anderson, the leader of their pack, England's bowlers produced one of the most remarkable performances in modern times to win the first Test against Sri Lanka by an innings and 14 runs with a daring smash and grab in Cardiff. Also: Sepp Blatter defied his critics, a barrage of corruption allegations and the combined efforts of the world media to insist that the organisation he has led into a deepening scandal was not in crisis, and that he is the man to lead FIFA to reform.  Explore more:People: Graeme Swann, Andrew Strauss, Ashley Young, Jack Wilshere, Sepp Blatter, James Anderson, Brendan Rodgers, Rod Stewart Places: Cardiff, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom


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