Monday, August 19, 2013

Michu to Arsenal FC? Rooney to Chelsea FC? Willian to Tottenham?

Wayne Rooney
The Sun: Jose Mourinho celebrated a dream start and then insisted he has not given up on Wayne Rooney.

Also: Arsene Wenger has accused Arsenal fans of crushing his players with jeers on Saturday.

Daily Mirror: Jose Mourinho last night thanked Stamford Bridge for the "fantastic" homecoming and promised Chelsea can be even better than during his first spell.

Also: Crisis-hit Arsene Wenger's troubles mounted last night with fears Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain faces six months on the sidelines.

And: Tottenham are trying to hijack Liverpool's bid to capture Brazilian playmaker Willian.

Daily Star: Jose Mourinho last night hailed Chelsea's fantasy football - and then challenged his players to reproduce it every week.

Also: Michael Carrick has urged Wayne Rooney not to quit Manchester United after insisting his team-mates are right behind him.

Daily Mail: Jose Mourinho issued two stark warnings yesterday as he returned to the Premier League.

Also: Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be facing a season on the sidelines with damaged knee ligaments in a devastating blow to his club and England.

Daily Express: Roman Abramovich appeared in the Chelsea dressing room to usher in Jose Mourinho's new era as the Special One warned his team: 'We must get better.'

Also: Rio Ferdinand has dismissed Jose Mourinho's taunts and vowed to silence the critics who have predicted Manchester United's demise.

Daily Telegraph: Jose Mourinho revealed that Roman Abramovich made an unprecedented pre-match visit to the players' dressing room yesterday to show his support for the supposed new era of stability and unity at Chelsea.

Also: Tottenham Hotspur are to make a dramatic late bid to hijack Liverpool's attempts to sign the Brazilian attacking-midfielder Willian for £30 million.

The Times: Jose Mourinho made the Stamford Bridge return that Chelsea fans had dreamt of as they opened their Barclays Premier League season in sometimes scintillating style with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Hull City yesterday.

The Guardian: Jose Mourinho's long anticipated return to the Premier League was preceded by a rare visit from Roman Abramovich to the home dressing room to address the players as Chelsea presented a united front after all the discord and rancour of last season. 

Also: The David Moyes show is up and running and but Rio Ferdinand has invoked the siege mentality made famous by Sir Alex Ferguson in a show of defiance at the club's critics.

The Independent: Jose Mourinho tried hard to keep it low-key when he finally emerged from the tunnel to take his seat yesterday. The problem is that when more than 40,000 people are singing your name, some of whom are wearing masks bearing your likeness, the situation requires more than just a cursory wave. 

Also: Arsenal will have to pay £25 million to bring Swansea forward Michu to the club as Arsene Wenger reportedly prepares to unravel his Plan B in the transfer market.
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