Premier League - Paper Round: Yaya 'demands new deal by Saturday'

Manchester City's star midfielder Yaya Toure has threatened to quit unless he's given a new deal by this weekend, according to The Sun.

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Manchester City's Yaya Toure celebrates his goal against Chelsea during their English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern England, February 24, 2013 (Reuters)

"The Ivorian midfielder is fuming that talks over a new deal have stalled for SIX months," the paper reports, claiming that the 29-year-old - City's best-paid player - will walk off into the sunset in the summer.

But could it really be ta-ta Yaya? Or See Yaya later? After all, the star is contracted with the club until 2015.

FIFA rules offer the answer: a player who has not signed a new deal by the end of the third year of his contract is able to buy out the remainder of the deal and leave immediately.

And agent Dimitri Seluk told the paper that this is exactly what the player will do unless he gets his way - and the clear implication is that 'getting his way' will mean a hefty pay rise. "If he signs a contract in the next three or four days, OK. If not, we will not wait any longer and will start negotiations with different clubs," Seluk said.

In what is almost certainly a bit of agent fantasy in order to drive a bargain, Seluk tried to reinforce the idea that the £220,000-a-week Toure wants to go:

"I do not feel he will stay at City. This is not about money. He wants to leave because of many reasons," he added. "He is one of the best players at Manchester City but does not feel the respect of the staff. Only Roberto Mancini respects Yaya.”

The Daily Mirror's back page leads with the simple headline: "Madness", and it seems a fair way to describe the FA's decision not to press further charges against Wigan's Callum McManaman for his lunatic challenge at the weekend.

The Daily Mail also leads on the story, with "No Justice" its headline for a story that is particularly outraged by the fact that Newcastle's coaches are "in the dock" for reacting with understandable fury to the tackle.

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The Times and Telegraph also lead with the criticism of the FA for the decision not to ban McManaman, with the Telegraph pushing Newcastle's surely unarguable line that the whole procedure is simply "Not fit for purpose".

Stoke manager Tony Pulis has "angrily denied" that he is thinking about quitting his post, according to the Stoke Sentinel; Arsenal and Chelsea are to fight over the signature of West Brom's 16-year-old striker Isiah Brown, according to The Sun; and Arsenal's Per Mertesacker has insisted that he wants to stay at The Emirates, according to the Metro.

Finally, and hilariously, the Daily Mirror reports that Blackburn Rovers are determined to land a big name manager when they appoint a new permanent boss in the summer - and they believe Rafa Benitez could be that man.

The Chelsea interim manager apparently "tops the wish list" at Ewood Park. As crazy as it sounds, there's something about the proposed appointment which seems hugely appealing to Paper Round: two big names in football who have only the faintest grasp on the reality that swirls around them, coming together. It could only ever be magical or catastrophic - but would be thoroughly entertaining either way.

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