What the papers say: Liverpool set to offer Torres new deal, Vidic is going nowhere, Spurs consider

20 March 2009 08:08
DAILY MAIL: Rafa Benitez will launch a £30 million spending spree this summer and commit even more to securing the long-term futures of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres.

Lennon and Barry top wish-list as Benitez is told he can spend £30m

Also: Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink insists they do not fear the prospect of an all-Premier League clash when the Champions League quarter-final draw is made today.

I don't fear the English Champions League contenders, says Hiddink

THE SUN: Fabio Capello has told the Big Four to beware of Barcelona and Lionel Messi.

Also: Rafa Benitez has been given £30million to spend as a reward for signing his new contract.

Staying: Nemanja Vidic

DAILY MIRROR: Fernando Torres will be offered a huge new deal as Rafa Benitez flexes his muscle at Liverpool.

Also: Two goals in the last four minutes left Manchester City stunned last night as their UEFA Cup clash at Aalborg went into extra time.

DAILY STAR: Rafa Benitez will be handed a transfer kitty of more than £30m in the summer.

Also: Nemanja Vidic has told his Italian admirers: Forget it - I'm staying put at Manchester United.

THE GUARDIAN: Manchester United will orchestrate a campaign urging their supporters to show respect for victims of the Hillsborough disaster if the club are drawn against Liverpool today in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Also: The true cost to West Ham of the deal negotiated with Sheffield United over the Carlos Tevez affair is greater than first thought, sources close to the deal claimed yesterday.

THE INDEPENDENT: In an extraordinary twist on the Carlos Tevez saga, Fulham have submitted a claim for £700,000 in compensation from West Ham United because they finished below the Hammers in the season that the Argentine striker played at Upton Park.

Also: Tottenham Hotspur will be exploring various avenues to finance their new stadium, financial figures have revealed.

THE TIMES: Rafael Benitez will be given at least £30 million to spend on new players this summer as he embarks on his mission to restore Liverpool to pre-eminence in English football after signing a new five-year contract.

Also: The collective might of English football will resonate once again when the draw for the Champions League quarter-finals and semi-finals is made in Switzerland this morning, but short of dismissing the threat posed by Manchester United's fellow Barclays Premier League representatives, Cristiano Ronaldo, the United forward, believes that Bayern Munich will present the biggest obstacle to the European champions retaining their crown.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Rafael Benitez's commitment to a new contract at Liverpool will be rewarded with a significant summer transfer budget, but he will not have unrestricted control over the funds made available, club co-owner Tom Hicks told The Daily Telegraph last night.

Also: Guus Hiddink could return to Chelsea in November if Russia fail to qualify for the 2010 World Cup finals.

DAILY EXPRESS: Guus Hiddink has dropped a massive hint he is considering staying at Chelsea full-time by revealing a get-out clause in his contract with the Russian national team.

Also: Rafa Benitez will be given a war chest in excess of £30 million this summer to continue plotting Liverpool's renaissance.


Source: Daily_Mail