What the back pages say on Thursday, August 19: Roberto Mancini finally stops spending
DAILY MAILRoberto Mancini says Manchester City's signing blitz is over for this transfer window, before hitting back at Sir Alex Ferguson's attack on his neighbours' 'kamikaze spending'. Also: Cardiff's shock capture of Craig Bellamy on loan from Manchester City has given them an immediate boost of nearly £500,000. No more... for now: James Milner is City's last signing of a busy summer THE SUNThe mastermind behind Premier League fairytale club Blackpool has quit. Also: James Milner finally walked into Manchester City and vowed: I'm here to win the title. DAILY MIRRORJames Milner took Manchester City's spending to astonishing new levels last night when he finally completed his protracted move. Also: Karl Oyston has quit as Blackpool chairman in protest at greedy agents. DAILY EXPRESSShay Given is ready to quit Manchester City after receiving a Europa League snub from Roberto Mancini. Also: David Beckham has attracted a new admirer who claims he wants to lure him back to play in the Premier League. Transfer talk: Could Beckham return to England? DAILY STARShay Given is ready to quit Manchester City after an amazing Europa League snub by Roberto Mancini. Also: Roy Hodgson has told Rafa Benitez to cough up £25m for Javier Mascherano or forget about signing the Liverpool midfielder. THE TIMESThe Liverpool takeover saga was plunged into crisis last night when Kenny Huang delivered a take-it-or-leave it message to Martin Broughton. Also: To those who feel that Alastair Cook should regain his form in county cricket, his early dismissal came as little surprise. DAILY TELEGRAPHIt was England's turn to have their batsmen examined by swing and seam bowling and, but for Matt Prior and Stuart Broad, the results might have been as pitiful as Pakistan's in the first two Tests. Also: Roberto Mancini has defended Manchester City against Sir Alex Ferguson's accusations of 'kamikaze spending' by insisting the club is merely following a path laid down by Manchester United after the completion of James Milner's transferfrom Aston Villa. THE GUARDIANRoy Hodgson has warned Internazionale he is prepared to hold Javier Mascherano to his contract and let him leave Liverpool on a free transfer in 2012 rather than accept a cut-price offer for the player. Also: Mark Cavendish's chances of winning the world road title have dramatically receded with confirmation that only three British riders, out of a maximum of nine, willtake part in October's race. THE INDEPENDENTChelsea's attempts to pull off their marquee signing of the summer with the Brazilian teenager Neymar hit an impasse when the player's club Santos offered to make him their highest-paid player and refused to consider any offer less than their £29m valuation. Also: England have made much of their mutual honesty in creating a better team. If that is so - and their captain, Andrew Strauss, was insisting it only the previous day - the walls of the home dressing room will have been dripping last night withself-recrimination, meae culpae and one-to-one personal criticism.
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