A round-up of sports and football stories from the UK newspapers and websites including news from Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham, Everton and Manchester United.
DAILY MAIL: Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna, 29, looks set to leave the club in the summer, as he is unhappy with the Gunners’ offer of a 12-month extension to his current deal.
THE GUARDIAN: Mario Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola does not believe any Italian club could afford to buy the Manchester City striker, 22, adding the Italian is “as valuable as the Mona Lisa”.
THE INDEPENDENT: Petr Cech last night blamed a collective failure by Chelsea’s players for the club becoming the first holders of the Champions League to exit the competition at the group stage. Also: A sense of anxiety had to be overcome before Celtic were able to celebrate.
DAILY MIRROR: Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is set to make a fresh £24m bid for Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho, 26, after watching him play against Paris St-Germain on Tuesday.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Chelsea fought hard against the dying of their Champions League light, recording their biggest-ever victory in the competition, but it was the most mournful and Pyrrhic of victories. Also: On a fretful evening at Parkhead, where both teams finished with 10 men, Celtic, playing in their 150th European Cup match, secured a laboured but historic victory against Spartak Moscow courtesy of Gary Hooper’s first-half strike and Kris Commons’ late penalty.
DAILY EXPRESS: Rafa Benitez won a match and Fernando Torres scored - twice even - but Chelsea still crashed out of the Champions League last night. Also: Roberto Mancini needs to retain the Premier League title to be certain of keeping his job as Manchester City manager.
DAILY STAR: Liverpool have been linked with a £12m January move for CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda, 26.
THE SUN: Russian club Zenit St Petersburg are considering a move for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 25, in the January transfer window.
THE TIMES: Chelsea suffered the ignominy of becoming the first Champions League holders to be eliminated at the group stage last night despite securing an emphatic first win under Rafael Benitez. Also: If the performances of the two Manchester clubs in Europe this week are anything to go by, Sunday’s derby could be the dampest of squibs.