Ligue 1 - Paper Round: Monaco to break bank for Rooney

Wayne Rooney is in line for a move to France - but not to join David Beckham at Paris St Germain, according to Wednesday's papers.

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The Daily Star reports that Ligue 2 side Monaco - who are on course for promotion - are to "break the bank" with a vast offer to tempt the England striker into a move to the Principality.

Monaco officials have apparently told Rooney's people that they will "blow any other offer out of the water" - and considering that he could live the high-life in some style on a tax-free salary in Monte Carlo, that's not too hard to imagine.

A report in The Sun warns Rooney that he shouldn't quit, however: the paper interviews ex-Manchester United striker Andy Cole telling Rooney to stay where he is. "You'll live to Roogret it if you quit United," runs the headline, with Cole saying that, "I should have finished my career at United."

Several of the papers concentrate on Arsenal's mission impossible against Bayern Munich - with the Daily Mail reporting that Arsene Wenger has given up hope and will send a skeleton side out to be slaughtered at the Allianz Arena.

"More than 3,000 Gunners fans will arrive here to discover that Wenger will field a severely weakened team after prioritising a top four finish in the Premier League," the report claims.

The Mirror also leads its back page with Wednesday night's clash, claiming that Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes "taunted" the Gunners. The taunt was pretty mild, in all honesty: "You will never be a success if you keep getting rid of best players" is the headline summary, which is pretty much what everybody in football (including Arsenal fans) has been saying for years.

The Star reports that one man stands between Jose Mourinho and a return to the Chelsea manager's job. No, not Roman Abramovich, but rather Blues' technical director Michael Emenalo.

Emenalo is apparently the "eyes and ears" of Abramovich at Stamford Bridge - but Mourinho is apparently uncomfortable with that, and wants him gone.

And finally, in more manager-related news, the Daily Mirror reports that Ryan Giggs is "the next Manchester United boss", according to none other than ex-Old Trafford star Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. "Giggsy is playing another year but I'd say he's more got his eyes and ears open to what the manager's doing," Solskjaer said.

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