“Adebayor may have been Arsenal’s pain in the neck but he can hurt them a lot more from Manchester” – Martin Samuel

Comment & analysis round-up

Quote of the day: “I don’t know what he will do. But I don’t think people should criticise John – the fact is John has to make a decision about this. You can never take away what he has done for Chelsea. He will always be a legend.” – Frank Lampard.

Runner-up: “With Cristiano gone, it leaves a huge hole when it comes to goals. We all need to score more, especially me and Dimitar Berbatov, than we did last year. We don’t feel let down by Cristiano. I have spoken to him since he left. He was a great player for Manchester United but it was his wish to go and I think the club have respected that. We always knew he was going to go sometime. For the club and for himself it was a good deal and the six years we got out of him were brilliant… [Tevez] was a great lad and it was a shame that it [his contract] never got sorted out. I am sure a lot of people will have a lot to say about him joining Manchester City but I don’t want to say too much.” – Wayne Rooney.

Today’s overview: Yawn. Yawn. Yawn. The John Terry saga rumbles on into its third boring week and the hacks are queuing up to happily admit they have no idea how this affair will be resolved.

According to “John Terry’s future at Chelsea appeared even more uncertain yesterday after Frank Lampard said that he has no idea whether his close friend will stay at Stamford Bridge.” Yet the Mail’s gruesome-twosome of Chris Wheeler and Matt Barlow barf that City’s “super rich owners are thought to be prepared to pay as much as £40m” for Terry as their remain determined to land the centre-half.

Having seen City lose to the Orlando Pirates, calling it an “appalling display, which lacked not only quality but a semblance of spirit,” Patrick Barclay makes the case for the Citizens to buy JT.

After the Sundays played up the story that the Blues were considering reporting City for “tapping-up” their captain, Rich Jones notes how “the Premier League yesterday confirmed they had received no official complaint from Chelsea over Manchester City’s pursuit of John Terry, as Mark Hughes continued his public courtship of the England captain.”

Shining light on Emmanuel Adebayor’s transfer from Arsenal to Eastlands, Martin Samuel questions the Gunner’s logic in selling a star to one of their biggest domestic challengers. “If Adebayor had been sold to AC Milan or even Chelsea, it would have made sense; but to the club who are most capable of kicking a hole in Arsenal’s financial future? This is a big risk on Wenger’s part… More than the loss of Patrick Vieira or Thierry Henry, this is Wenger’s big wager. Adebayor may have been Arsenal’s pain in the neck but he can hurt them a lot more from Manchester.”

Keeping in the Daily Mail a faceless article trumpets how “Arsenal are considering moving for Toulouse striker Andre-Pierre Gignac as a replacement for Emmanuel Adebayor.” Yet Jeremy Wilson claims The Professor is set to adopt a more considered approach in filling the Togolese striker’s position, whereby “Wenger is mindful that he could effectively have two new players following the return from serious injury of both Rosicky and Eduardo. He will also consider more central roles next season for Theo Walcott and Andrei Arshavin.”

The transfer tidbits continue to sell papers in the summer, and Tim Rich watches on as Douglas Costa is courted by no less than five European powerhouses. “An already complex series of negotiations for Manchester United] has been further complicated by Chelsea’s interest while Real Madrid have also been asked to be kept informed and Villarreal have submitted a bid of £6m plus add-ons. Manchester City had also shown tentative interest but have not followed that up with anything more substantial.”

The big transfer story in The Times sees Gary Jacob publicise that “Fulham have been offered the chance to sign Christian Poulsen, the Denmark midfield player, from Juventus. Poulsen, who has also played for Seville, rejected a £6 million move to Fenerbahce.” And the Cottagers appear to getting their move on in signing up new recruits, the Daily Mail tooting “Fulham have signed winger Bjorn Helge Riise from Lillestrom for around £1.5m and hope to finalise a deal for Jonathan Greening from West Bromwich for £3.25m this week.”

The Independent play up the today-is-the-day line for Tottenham’s pursuit of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar while adding that “Spurs are also reported to be close to agreeing a deal for Portsmouth and England forward Peter Crouch.”

As is standard Newcastle fans have yet another negative article printed about the Toon this Monday, as Jack Bellamy reports that the Magpies have “taken the amazing step of reducing the price [of their new away shorts] by 20 per cent.”

We finish with a round-up of the trashy tabloids matchmaking for newly single Z-Lister, Jordan. According to Alex Peake in The Sun, “Jordan is hunting a footballer lover after her split from Peter Andre – and has set her sights on Frank Lampard.” The Mirror spread Jordan’s net wider claiming she has “crushes on footballers Ronaldo and Frank Lampard.” The Star’s Gemma Wheatley lowblows her peers, trying to spice up the low-brow story scribbling “Sex-starved Jordan wants to be a WAG again and “do” Frank Lampard and Cristiano Ronaldo.”


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