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DAILY MIRROR

Roberto Di Matteo is set to take a big Champions League final gamble and start rookie Ryan Bertrand in his first European match.

Rafael Benitez has been approached by Liverpool as their search for a new boss took another twist.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer flew in for talks about taking over as Aston Villa's new manager yesterday.

Grant Holt has had a transfer request rejected by Norwich as he chases a bumper pay rise.

Adam Johnson is considering his Manchester City future after missing out on England's Euro 2012 squad.

Blackburn boss Steve Kean is set to be sacked by owners Venky's - according to Australian cricketer Brett Lee.

QPR boss Mark Hughes will swoop for England keeper Robert Green this week - if West Ham blow their promotion bid.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle has told midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker his contract will be cancelled if he wants to look for a Premier League club.

West Brom will step up their interest in Birmingham's Chris Hughton this week.

Cardiff will hold crunch talks with Peter Whittingham to fend off interest from other clubs.

THE SUN

Frank Lampard roared out Chelsea's Champions League warcry last night.

Ryan Bertrand is in line for an amazing Champions League debut for Chelsea in tonight's Munich final.

Liverpool are ready to hand Luis Suarez a whopping 25% pay rise to prevent him leading an exodus of star players.

Yakubu is set to pay a £1million release fee to quit relegated Blackburn and move to China.

Tottenham are worried about signing Loic Remy because of a heart problem.

Grant Holt stunned Norwich with a transfer request due to a massive row over a new contract.

Steve Kean's unhappy 18-month spell as Blackburn manager is nearing the end.

DAILY STAR

Champions League glory in Munich tonight could land Roberto Di Matteo the Chelsea job full-time.

Snubbed Theo Walcott has been left stunned by Arsenal failing to hold contract talks before he goes to Euro 2012.

Rookie Ryan Bertrand is set to be a shock starter for Chelsea in the Champions League final tonight.

Liverpool want Andre-Villas Boas to succeed Kenny Dalglish and will speak to the former Chelsea boss next week.

Paul Lambert will hold talks with Aston Villa earler next week as the club extend their search for a new manager.

Grant Holt has stunned Norwich by slapping in a transfer request.

England reject Adam Johnson is ready to quit Manchester City with Sunderland and Everton leading the chase.

David Beckham has pleaded with Stuart Pearce to pick him for the Olympics only if he is good enough.

DAILY MAIL

Roberto Di Matteo last night promised to do everything in his power to complete Roman Abramovich's quest to conquer Europe.

Liverpool have suffered two setbacks in their quest to find a new manager after Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp ruled themselves out of consideration.

Robin van Persie is in danger of pricing himself out of a move from Arsenal with unrealistic wage demands.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made a day trip to Birmingham to meet Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner as the club began their search for a new manager yesterday.

The battle for Eden Hazard will begin in earnest on Monday when Lille hold their first official talks with the two Manchester clubs.

Sunderland and Aston Villa have been alerted after Grant Holt had a transfer request rejected by Norwich.

Moussa Dembele is set to reject Fulham's new contract offer, paving the way for a summer exit.

Newcastle will have to pay £3.5million to sign Bolton midfielder Mark Davies.

Portsmouth's former owner Balram Chainrai has made an offer to buy back the club.

DAILY EXPRESS

Frank Lampard confronted the challenge of seeking European glory for Chelsea in the home of the Bayern Munich powerhouse with a defiant underdog rallying cry.

Liverpool are ready to speak to Andre-Villas Boas as they look to accelerate the process of pinpointing Kenny Dalglish's Anfield successor.

Norwich have rejected a transfer request from striker Grant Holt.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is back in Norway with his future uncertain after talking to Aston Villa about succeeding Alex McLeish as manager.

Former Portsmouth owner Balram Chainrai is set to regain control of the troubled League One club.

New Wolves boss Stale Stolbakken will give Jody Craddock the opportunity to earn a 10th year at Molineux.

THE GUARDIAN

Roberto Di Matteo is considering the radical move of handing Ryan Bertrand a first Champions League appearance in tonight's European Cup final against Bayern Munich.

Liverpool will hold talks with Andre Villas-Boas next week over the managerial vacancy at Anfield but their wide-ranging approach to finding Kenny Dalglish's successor has resulted in Brendan Rodgers rejecting an interview offer from Fenway Sports Group, the club's owners.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

On the eve of what could prove the greatest day in Chelsea's 107-year history, Roberto Di Matteo revealed he has prepared no script for his final rallying cry, but it can also be disclosed that he has been reading Chelsea fanzines.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has angered his Norwegian club's backers and put his manager's position at risk after flying to Britain for talks with Aston Villa yesterday.

THE TIMES

Roberto Di Matteo has accepted that not even an historic Champions League triumph with Chelsea tonight can guarantee him the managerial job at Stamford Bridge next season.

THE INDEPENDENT

Roberto Di Matteo has told his players: "Your quality got us this far, now you can go and win it," on the eve of the biggest night of his managerial career.

Liverpool's owners are preparing to formally approach Andre Villas-Boas as they seek a replacement for Kenny Dalglish, while the prospect of them meeting Brendan Rodgers, the Swansea City manager, has not been ruled out.

DAILY RECORD

Hearts star Ian Black has goaded Hibs stalwart Ian Murray ahead of the Scottish Cup final by accusing him of being a bore.

Charles Green last night insisted crisis-hit Rangers can regain the SPL title next season - if they keep hold of their star players.

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