Premier League - Paper Round: £45m Falcao for City?

Roberto Mancini's appearance in Spain on Sunday night to watch Radamel Falcao has got today's papers talking.

Premier League - Paper Round: £45m Falcao for City?

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Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao

The Manchester City man missed the Clasico to watch Falcao score his eighth goal of the season in Atleticio Madrid's 2-1 win against Malaga.

The Colombian improved his record to 48 goals in 57 games for Atletico, who could find themselves on the receiving end of a £45 million bid for their star man, the Daily Mirror reckons.

Atletico president Enrique Cerezo tried to make light of Mancini's visit, saying:  “We know Mancini came to watch, but we are calm on the subject of Falcao.

"Mancini must be here to look for a home in Malaga."

Odd, since the match took place in Madrid.

Get your 'Chinese Takeaway' puns out, because this is the news of a mega-money offer for Frank Lampard.

Both Didier Drogba's Shanghai Shenhua and rivals Beijing Guoan want the Chelsea midfielder and are prepared to pay him £250,000 a week after tax.

That's what The Sun says. And it is probably right, seeing as the key facts of the story - Chinese clubs have a lot of money; and Frank Lampard is better than most players at Chinese clubs - have been known for some time.

Bolton Wanderers are set to sack Owen Columba Coyle today, according to The Sun.

Once hailed as a tactical genius and heir to Pep Guardiola, Bolton's relegation and poor start to the season have left Coyle's supporters as thin on the ground as the shorts he wears during matches.

Leave your kit at the door please, Owen.

Still in the Championship, Arsenal have joined the race to sign Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha as they prepare for life without Theo Walcott.

With England winger Walcott's contract wrangle ongoing, Zaha has been identified as a possible replacement, the Daily Mail reports.

Former Arsenal assistant manager Pat Rice, who still works for the club on an informal basis, watched Zaha in Palace's 4-3 win over Burnley on Saturday.

Birmingham City are looking to terminate Ravel Morrison's season-long loan at St Andrew's, the Daily Mirror claims.

Manager Lee Clark is reportedly sick of the 19-year-old's attitude, and wants to return him to West Ham.

However, both clubs and the player need to agree to the termination of the loan deal.

The talented but troubled Morrison arrived at West Ham from Manchester United in January.

Morrison denied the story on Twitter, saying: "Why do papers chat so much s*** I'm having a good time at bcfc so before anyone wants to ask me is it true no its NOT true."

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