Perhaps the most eye catching back page is that of the Daily Star Sunday, which proclaims ‘£90m Roo Ron Swop’.
Quite aside from the paper’s rather bizarre usage of ‘swop’ rather than ‘swap’, the Star captures the attention with the claim that Manchester United might consider using Wayne Rooney as a makeweight in a deal for Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.
However, their story appears to be based mostly on the fact that the bookies have slashed odds on Rooney moving to Real Madrid – which could be indicative of movement behind the scenes.
As the paper writes: “Bookies William Hill have dramatically slashed the odds on Rooney joining the Spanish giants as a betting frenzy grips Britain. Wazza went from 33-1 to 6-1 overnight to join Real as punters heaped cash on the United star packing his bags for the Bernabeu.
“The hot money is on a switch to Madrid for Rooney, valued at around £30m, with both Real Madrid and Chelsea easily capable of matching his £250,000-a-week wage demands. Real’s new boss Carlo Ancelotti has been a long-time admirer of Rooney and would be happy to sacrifice Ronaldo if it meant he could sign the United star.
“Ronaldo would cost a cool £60m and his return to the club where he made his superstar name would delight the faithful. It would also soften the blow of losing such an icon as Rooney, who has two years left on his current United deal.”
Of course the betting patterns might just mean somebody has had a big punt and other gamblers have followed suit. In any case, it's not the most concrete foundation for a back page lead.
Rooney has reportedly asked to leave Old Trafford twice but, according to the Mirror, “Rooney’s message will be that he believes Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement can give him a new lease of life at the club he has now served for nine years. He will make it clear to Moyes that at no time towards the end of last season did he tell Ferguson that he wanted a transfer.”
The Sunday People adds that Rooney has even demanded an apology from United for Ferguson's claim that the striker had asked to leave - Rooney reportedly claims to have done no such thing.
Across the city, Manchester City are making fresh plans for a new striker having refused to pay Edinson Cavani’s £53 million clause at Napoli and have targeted his international team-mate Luis Suarez, according to the Sunday Express.
Suarez is keen on a move to Real Madrid but Liverpool would welcome any auction for their star player, who has said this summer he is keen to leave. Quite why City would want to pay £35m for a player who is suspended for the first six games of the new season is not explained by the paper.
Another intra-Premier League deal is on the cards, with the Daily Star Sunday reporting that Tottenham have set their sights on Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, who scored 19 goals in his first season in the English top flight.
The paper reports: “Daily Star Sunday sources revealed White Hart Lane top brass have made enquiries over the Belgium international and are ready to open talks about a £20million deal.
“But that doesn’t include Jermain Defoe going in the opposite direction, although they would willingly part with Emmanuel Adebayor.”
Rivals Arsenal are working on recruits at the other end of the pitch – as well as continuing their pursuit of Wayne Rooney and Gonzalo Higuain – with two defenders linked with a move to the Gunners on Sunday morning.
The Sun on Sunday says Arsene Wenger is going toe-to-toe with Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers to try and sign Schalke’s Greek centre-back Kyriakos Papadopoulos. Meanwhile the Sunday Telegraph reveals Ashley Williams is now prepared to tell Swansea City he wants to join Arsenal this summer.
The Mail on Sunday says Chelsea are poised to secure the signing of Netherlands Under-21 international Marco van Ginkel ahead of Manchester United, as he has been given assurances by Jose Mourinho that he will feature in the starting XI next season.
And finally, Scotland on Sunday claims that Southampton have agreed to pay a massive £12.5 million fee for Celtic star Vincent Wanyama - a record for the SPL giants.