Manchester United linked with Colombian striker

FC Porto's James Rodriguez (right) battle for the ball during the Europa League
FC Porto's James Rodriguez (right) battle for the ball during the Europa League
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A roundup of the news making the national back pages, including Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea

THE TIMES: Arsene Wenger retains the full backing of Arsenal’s board and the club have no plans to dismiss him even if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson admitted yesterday that David Gill’s decision to step down as Manchester United chief executive in the summer was a “big loss” and that he had hoped to find a way of persuading the man with whom he has had “a million arguments” to remain in the role he has served for the past decade.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Sir Alex Ferguson will lose his most powerful and closest ally at Old Trafford at the end of the season after Manchester United chief executive David Gill announced he was going to step down this summer.

THE INDEPENDENT: Thomas Vermaelen has urged his Arsenal team-mates to avoid recriminations and stick together as another season looks set to end without silverware. Also: Brazil legend Pele has urged Santos forward Neymar, 21, to snub any advances from Manchester City and join Barcelona instead.

THE GUARDIAN: Thomas Vermaelen has said that Arsene Wenger remains the manager to take Arsenal forward in the long term, despite the current difficulties, while the majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, will reiterate his support for the Frenchman at a board meeting today. ALSO: Sir Alex Ferguson has lost his closest confidant at Manchester United after David Gill announced he will step down as chief executive in the summer to allow the club to “refresh” itself.

DAILY EXPRESS: Chelsea’s Demba Ba, 27, is open to the club bringing in another striker in the summer and said it will bring the best out of him.

DAILY MAIL: Arsene Wenger will be assured he is the man to revive Arsenal’s fortunes at a board meeting with the club’s American owner Stan Kroenke today. ALSO: Former Portsmouth players Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari stunned Champions League favourites Barcelona last night with the goals to give AC Milan a 2-0 victory at the San Siro.

DAILY MIRROR: Arsene Wenger is to be given £70 million of support by the Arsenal board. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson says he has suffered a major blow with David Gill’s decision to quit as Manchester United chief executive.

THE SUN: Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery, 29, has ridiculed Arsenal by declaring that it was “easy” to beat them in the Champions League on Tuesday. Also: Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski, 24, could still sign for Manchester United this summer despite reports that the Poland striker is set for a switch to Bayern Munich.

DAILY STAR: Thomas Vermaelen fears Arsenal are on the brink of tearing themselves apart. ALSO: Brendan Rodgers has urged Liverpool fans to help him pull off a Europa League miracle tonight.

METRO: Manchester United have asked FC Porto if they would consider swapping Colombian forward James Rodriguez, 20, for out-of-favour winger Nani, 26. Also: But Chelsea target Radamel Falcao, 27, is unlikely to join him at Stamford Bridge after the Colombian forward said he wants to stay at Atletico Madrid.