Premier League - Papers: Kaka to Chelsea

Eurosport - Sun, 16 May 08:51:00 2010

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is to make a bid for Real Madrid playmaker Kaka as he looks to turn this year's double into a treble next season.

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The News of the World reports that Blues owner Roman Abramovich will reward Ancelotti by funding his move for the Brazilian, who played under the current Chelsea boss for six years when they were at AC Milan together.

Kaka moved to Real Madrid last summer for 56 million, but has come under intense criticism during a difficult first season - in stark contrast to Real's other mega-signing, Cristiano Ronaldo, who has kept his side in the Liga title race.

As if that weren't enough exciting transfer gossip for one morning, the same paper carries the news that Manchester City will offer Liverpool a bumper package deal to try to land Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard.

City will reportedly offer Liverpool 40m plus striker Emmanuel Adebayor and midfielder Steven Ireland to bring Torres and Gerrard to Eastlands.

If the switch happened - and it seems like a big if - it'd be far from the only big moves at Anfield this summer.

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has reportedly told Yossi Benayoun that he has no future at the club, while Javier Mascherano gives an interview to the News of the World talking about how unhappy his family are living on Merseyside. With Masch having stalled over contract talks, it looks like the Argentina skipper might have played his last match for the Reds.

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson holds forth about his views on next season in the Mail on Sunday, claiming that it could be a five-way title race.

"This time it's been ourselves and Chelsea and Arsenal for a period, but I think we can all hear the horses' hooves galloping closer," he said.

"In addition to (Manchester) City I'm expecting Tottenham to be in the mix as well."

That's not the only Fergie news in this morning's papers: the News of the World claims that the United boss had a quiet word with Fabio Capello at the League Managers' Association dinner this week in which he reportedly told the England boss that Owen Hargreaves was a "long, long way" from being ready to play in a World Cup.

Hargreaves had been widely tipped as Capello's wild-card inclusion at the expense of injured Gareth Barry - but Fergie's tip-off led to Barry getting the nod after all.

The Sunday Mirror reports that Everton defender Phil Jagielka is being courted by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, with the Frenchman seeing Jag as the ideal partner for Thomas Vermaelen - but Manchester United are also keen on the 28-year-old.

United are also reportedly interested in bringing Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra and Milan striker Marco Borriello to Old Trafford.

And finally, the last word goes to Dutch legend Ruud Gullit: the former Chelsea manager told the Sunday Mirror that David Beckham's injury has been a blessing in disguise for England's chances at the World Cup since it will mean a much clamer, quieter media presence around the team.

"Beckham brought something important to the team, it is a blow losing his skills," said Gullit.

"It was not about whether Beckham could play well. It was more about all the things around him."


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