Paper Round: Podolski in Arsenal medical

Papers: Podolski medical


The Daily Star reports that Arsenal doctors travelled to Germany to check over Cologne striker Podolski.

And now the club are looking at an even higher profile signing: £30 million-rated playmaker Mario Goetze, who has spearheaded another impressive campaign for Borussia Dortmund.

Together with a new £6m-a-year deal to keep Robin van Persie at the club (a deal which will also see him being paid a £5m golden handshake), it seems that Arsene Wenger's notoriously tight purse strings have not so much been loosened as utterly severed.

Carlos Tevez is to be put through boot camp to get him fit to face Chelsea next week, according to The Sun.

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The paper reports that Manchester City are so desperate for an injection of something new in their jaded squad - which yesterday was reportedly on the verge of mutiny - that they are putting the Argentine stiker through an intensive programme to get him ready for next Wednesday's clash.

Tevez truly is shaping up to be City's Prodigal Son: the Guardian reports that his attitude since his return to the club has been so impressive that the club are considering doing a U-turn on their plans to offload him in the summer.

Chelsea and Manchester City have been told that they'll have to pay crazy money if they want to sign Edinson Cavani or Ezequiel Lavezzi.

The Sun reports that Napoli's president Aurelio Di Laurentiis has insisted that the club don't want to sell either of the duo as they look to their own future glory, "but if some crazy guy wants to put down £100 million, then maybe."

Lille's Eden Hazard is set to be one of the most fought-over players of the summer with Manchester City, Real Madrid and Manchester United among his suitors, but it seems as if the 21-year-old Belgian is particularly keen on a move to Old Trafford.

The Daily Mirror reports quotes from the midfielder saying it was "a pleasure" to be scouted by "the best manager in the world" when Alex Ferguson came to see him last week. If that's not showing a bit of leg, then we're not sure what is.

The Daily Mail reports that Liverpool face a fight with Internazionale for the signature of Udinese's Mauricio Isla. Kenny Dalglish is keen to make a £12m move for the 23-year-old Chile midfielder.

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has added Fulham's Andy Johnson to his summer shopping list, according to the Mirror.

The former England striker's contract is coming to an end, despite months of back-and-forth rumours talking about a possible new deal.

Wigan are trying to sign Gambia U20 star Alieu Darbo, a 19-year-old winger who is currently a free agent, according to the Daily Mail.

QPR will be plunged into a financial nightmare that will sincerely test Tony Fernandes's resolve should the club get relegated this season, according to the Daily Mirror.

The paper reports that none of the club's big earners - such as £80,000-a-week Joey Barton and the almost-as-well-paid Nedum Onuoha and Shaun Wright-Phillips - have clauses in their current deals that would see their wages slashes in the event of the side dropping into the Championship.

And finally, several of the papers run prominent stories on John Terry's praise for Fabio Capello, the former England coach who resigned in protest at Terry's sacking from the captaincy.

The story is elsewhere on this site - follow the link beneath the picture to read it in full - but the key quote is this from Terry: "I stood for him on the football pitch, and he stood up for me off the pitch. I respect that from him, I respect him as a man and for what he did for me. Complete respect both ways."

It's enough to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside… right up until you remember that one of these men is awaiting trial for a "racially aggravated public order offence" (he denies all charges) and the other used a flimsy pretext to walk out on his team four months before a major tournament.

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