Laurent Blanc was linked to the Chelsea managerial role last week, and now The Times say he will become Britain's highest-paid coach. Rory Smith and Matt Hughes jointly report Roman Abramovich is prepared to pay the Frenchman £8m-a-year if he is interested in the Stamford Bridge post. You'd think he would be, what with the £8m annual salary and win-win scenario of compensation if sacked, and acclaim if successful. Will Roman ever learn?
In Manchester, United are back at the top of the table, which means some not so-slick-City squad members must take the fall, and the papers appear to be in unison that Edin Dzeko is the guy on the downward spiral.
The Bosnian has been touted for a move away from the Etihad Stadium before this year, and the Daily Mail say the 26-year-old's availability will attract interest from Real Madrid and Juventus. The Citizens spent £27m to prise the striker from Wolfsburg last year.
Staying with City, and the Daily Express states Roberto Mancini is ready to give Carlos Tevez his first start in laser blue since September against Sunderland on Saturday.
Down south, and Yann M'Vila, who has allegedly been scouted by Arsenal already this season, is identified as one of Arsene Wenger's summer priorities. The Daily Telegraph reports the Rennes midfielder is Wenger's ideal acquisition to add steel to the Gunners' midfield, with Anderlecht's Lucas Biglia an alternative.
You say Das Bost, we say Das Boot, but the former (not a submarine) is set to snub interest from Aston Villa after labelling them "not very good". The Dutch striker has scored 23 times for Heerenveen this season, but talkSPORT report he has no interest in running out at Villa Park. May Villa fans will can at least admire his erudite observation, if not his finishes.
And Didier Drogba isn't the most popular of players at the best of times, but he faces a "Benfica backlash" tonight after being filmed mocking the Portuguese giants by Chelsea TV. The Sun say he "quaked with fear" when the Champions League draw was made.
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