Premier League - Paper Round: United annoyed with Coleen
Mon, 26 Sep 09:01:00 2011
It seems that sport stars cannot avoid getting themselves in trouble on Twitter and it would now appear that Manchester United star Wayne Rooney will have to start monitoring what his wife is tweeting too.
The Guardian's report of United's draw over Stoke comes with the headline "Manchester United caught short by tweaks, Twitter and tall strikers," with the club reportedly annoyed that Rooney's wife Coleen inadvertently revealed to the world that her husband would not be involved in the Premier League clash.
The Guardian explains: "It has been politely pointed out to Rooney it would be better for his wife, Coleen, not to furnish United's opponents with advance team news.
"Rooney's absence was no particular surprise to Stoke after she announced via Twitter on Friday night that they were at home watching a Beyoncé DVD. The rest of the United team were at their hotel."
Oops – not too clever from Mrs Rooney. After the match Sir Alex Ferguson said that Rooney could be out for "several weeks" with a hamstring injury.
In transfer gossip, the Daily Mail speculates that Manchester City have entered the race to sign £50 million rated Brazilian superstar Neymar.
It is widely expected that the 19-year-old Santos forward will join Real Madrid but the Mail says that City manager Roberto Mancini has told the club bosses to make their move.
"Mancini has been telling City's hierarchy for the past 12 months that Neymar is the best young player in the world and, if the club are serious about competing with the likes of Madrid and Barcelona, they must use their financial muscle to attract elite players like him," the paper says.
The 22-year-old, who once had a loan spell at QPR, only signed for Valencia in the summer from Getafe but has struggled to win a place in the team, and he could be available for around £7 million.
Most of the papers run stories about Robin van Persie's refusal to enter new contract talks with Arsenal, complete with plenty of doomsday headlines.
In case you missed the quotes, Van Persie said: “I still have almost two years until 2013, so, for the moment, that’s fine, but I don’t know. We will have to look. I’m happy with my contract, I’m good. That’s how it is, I can’t say much more. I can’t look into the future.”
Back to Mail, who reckon that Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City all want Everton starlet Ross Barkley. The 17-year-old was linked with a £20m move to City last week in Paper Round and now it appears that £30m is the price-tag on his head. By the end of the year he could cost more than an original Van Gogh if the papers keep ramping up the hype.
Emmanuel Adebayor has made a fine start to his career at Tottenham and the Daily Telegraph carries quotes from Harry Redknapp about how he would love to make his loan deal from Manchester City permanent.
"If he keeps going like he's going I'd love to keep him around. He's been excellent so far. But the wages will be the problem because he's not cheap," said Redknapp.
According to the Sun, Celtic and Rangers both want free agent James McFadden but they can forget about it because Wolves are willing to offer triple what the Old Firm can pay, with the Scot set to pick up a £60,000-a-week pay packet at Molineux