Real Madrid are labelled as “perfect” by AS after Los Blancos completed seven out of seven wins during pre-season. Moroever, the “metamorphosis” of Karim Benzema is again lauded after the Frenchman baggedÂ anotherÂ two goals againstÂ Tianjin Teda.
In an article that speaks volumes of the Rojiblanos pulling power, Marca say that before agreeing to join Chelsea, Anderlecht forward Romelu Lukaku was in talks with Atletico Madrid. StayingÂ at theÂ Vicente Calderon, AS detail thatÂ Atleti have offered Porto 25 million euros & Salvio for Falcao.
Sport pathetically print that Barcelona are to make a fresh offer for Cesc Fabregas this week, while the tabloid also quotes Xavi Hernandez saying “The signing of Cesc is in the final straight.”
Marca linked Tottenham with Lassana Diarra, with the Lilywhites said to haveÂ 20 million euros to spend on the Madrid man. Ridiculously though, the article is punctured by an unbelievable rumour that Spurs would consider selling Gareth Bale for 35 million euros to help fund the deal.
Ligue 1 started on Saturday, and the big shock was that PSG lost at home to Lorient.
L’Equipe splash with quotes from the Parisians striker KevinÂ Gameiro saying the result was “disastrous.” “There was a lot of pressure early in the match and it was felt… [but] I’m not worried yet.” Over in France Football, PSG’s holding midfielderÂ Chantome Clement more pragmatically says there is “no cause for alarm.”
In the transfer gossip in L’Equipe, Porto are linked with Liege defenderÂ Mangala Eliaquim, Lille are having a look at Youssouf Hadji, while Ajax starletÂ Christian Eriksen reportedly turned down a move to Man City. Elsewhere, France Football say that OM are looking at Nancy midfielderÂ Samba Diakite.
Milan’s win over Inter in the Super Cup dominates.Â Corrierie dello Sport referred to Inter’s second half performance in Beijing as “dissolved, disunited,” while Gazzetta headline with “The Super Cup has given the Rossoneri have courage and confidence.”
Saturday’sÂ whispers that Wesley Sneijder is heading to Man City is also discussed.Â Inter’sÂ technical director Marco BrancaÂ is quoted inÂ Corrierie dello SportÂ sayingÂ “I have not received any phone calls from Manchester, there are no negotiations in place for Sneijder.”
In wider transfer gossip, Juventus are linked toÂ Fiorentina’s left winger Juan Vargas,Â Tottenham are noted observers of Giuseppe Rossi.
The Community Shield
The Premier League is so much more than just an EnglishÂ football league, and that’s borne out across European papers this Sunday.
The Community Shield is one of the headlines in Marca as the Spanish explain the meeting of Man City and Man United as Sergio Aguero versus David de Gea. AS splash with a similar angle, noting that “although there are doubts about Roberto Mancini and a lack of creativity in midfield with the exception of Silva, the arrival of Kun Aguero… makes them a favorite for the league title.”
Over in Italy, Gazzetta have some telling words for Bobby Manc. “If Roberto Mancini wants to have the same influence at City as Sir Alex Ferguson has had at United, he needs to think not only to strengthening the team with expensive signings, but he must begin to win some trophies.”
Belgium paper DH offer words of encouragement to City, observing that the gapÂ betweenÂ the Manchester rivals have slimmed down to “just a crack.”