WHO WANTS MATA?
So, everyone seems to be getting awfully upset about this Juan Mata business, so of course there's plenty in the papers about where he might go in January.
The Sunday Mirror reports that Rafa Benitez will offer the Spanish playmaker an 'escape route' at Napoli, reporting:
'Mourinho and Chelsea insisted Mata was not for sale over the summer, but Benitez is ready to test their resolve in the New Year if the 25-year-old's situation is still uncertain.
'Benitez and Mata had a close allegiance during his six months as Chelsea's interim manager, with the playmaker producing his best form under the ex-Liverpool boss.'
Meanwhile, The Sunday Telegraph says Atletico Madrid and Paris St-Germain are both keen, while The Sunday People tells us Jose Mourinho could be in for a smacked bottom from Roman Abramovich over his treatment of Mata.
CLUBS 'ON ALERT' OVER INIESTA
Sunday is usually the day for the prime cuts of bullsh*t, so let us turn to the primest of prime bullsh*t pedlars, The Daily Star Sunday.
They report that Manchesters United and City are 'on alert' over talk that Andres Iniesta has rejected a new contract at Barcelona.
The paper claims: 'The Barcelona superstar is understood to be disappointed with the new terms he has been offered at the Nou Camp.
'That is despite the fact Barca have placed a double-your-money deal on the table of £200,000-a-week.
'Iniesta believes he should be the second-highest paid player at the club after Lionel Messi (left). And while he is now 29, Iniesta remains one of the outstanding players in the world.'
ARSENAL WANT DRAXLER AND REUS
Different reports have recently linked Arsenal with Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus and Schalke's Julian Draxler, so The Sunday Express does the efficient thing and combines the two rumours into one story.
According to the paper Arsenal are showing an interest in Draxler, but Juventus could be more willing to pay the £34million asking price.
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger is keen on Reus, it says here, but could delay a move for the Dortmund man until next summer.
The Express claims: 'Wenger is thought to have £30m left in his transfer kitty even after splashing over £42m on Mesut Ozil as the transfer window drew to a close.
'And while that may be enough to tempt Dortmund to part with Reus, it is thought his buyout clause is closer to £34m.'
SPURS FAVES FOR MARICA
Quick line from The Sunday People, who claim Ciprian Marica could be set to sign for Spurs.
The free agent striker was thought to be considering offers from Arsenal and West Ham, but according to the paper Andre Villas-Boas wants him at the Lane.
The paper claims: 'Spurs boss Villas-Boas, who takes his club to Cardiff today, wants to move flop Emmanuel Adebayor and young Harry Kane out of north London, freeing up a slot for Marica.
'If the deal cannot be done, Villas-Boas will be under pressure from Daniel Levy to bring £100,000-a-week outcast Adebayor in from the cold.'
INTER WANT INCE
Weird one from The Sun on Sunday, who report that Internazionale are the latest club in for Tom Ince.
Nope, no idea.
AND THE REST...
David Bentley is set to kickstart his sagging career with a move to Leeds...Manchester United misfit Anderson is a January target for Juventus...Kenwyne Jones is in line for a new deal at Stoke...Harry Redknapp is aiming to tie up a loan deal for a striker this week with Carlton Cole and Leon Best on his hit-list...Reading boss Nigel Adkins is ready to let Adam Le Fondre go out on loan...Wigan boss Owen Coyle is ready to offer Danny Murphy the chance to play again...Bolton boss Dougie Freedman wants Cardiff pair Mark Hudson and Joe Mason...Blackpool are paying half of Stephen Dobbie's wages after bringing him 'home' from Crystal Palace...Arsenal spies are keeping tabs on Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Maximilian Wagener...Hull boss Steve Bruce wants Bolton's South Korea star Chung-Yong Lee...West Ham, Fulham and Norwich are monitoring Malmo skipper Jiloan Hamad...Arsenal have snapped up Charlton starlet Semi Ajayi on a two-year deal...West Ham want to sign USA striker Terrance Boyd but face competition from Udinese and Lazio...Fulham have opened contract talks with Steve Sidwell and Damien Duff.