Paper Review: Greg Dyke Targets 2022 World Cup, Cesc Fabregas, Jose Mourinho Jr.
Football Association chairman Greg Dyke dominates the newspaper headlines on Thursday after his first official speech in his new role.
The former BBC director general outlined his vision for the future of the England national team, and he has targeted victory at the 2022 World Cup as one of his goals.
Read on to find out more.
FA Chairman Greg Dyke Receives Mixed Reviews for England 2022 World Cup Target
FA chairman Dyke outlined his vision for the future of the England national team and targeted the Euro 2018 semifinals and victory in the 2022 World Cup.
But the former Brentford chairman has earned mixed reviews for his first official speech since succeeding David Bernstein in his new role.
Henry Winter of the Daily Telegraph says Dyke is missing the target with his demand for the 2022 World Cup and that Dyke should look at grassroots football instead.
Martin Samuel of the Daily Mail points out that while Dyke was critical of the number of foreign players and coaches in the Premier League, he was also responsible for appointing German Uwe Rosler to the manager's role at Brentford.
However, Dyke did receive support from The Independent, with Ian Herbert claiming the FA chairman was displaying a "refreshing" realistic outlook for the national team.
Arsenal to Offer Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky New Contracts
After the successful capture of Mesut Ozil on transfer deadline day, Arsenal boss Wenger is now turning his attention to the future of other members of his squad.
Sagna, 30, and Rosicky, 32, are in the final years of their current deals, while 28-year-old Mertesacker, who has been credited with helping to convince Ozil to join the club, has two years remaining on his current contract.
Wenger is now eager to open negotiations with all three players to secure their futures at the Emirates Stadium, reports Cross.
Cesc Fabregas Tells Manchester United to Forget About January Transfer Move
Barcelona midfielder Fabregas has told Manchester United not to bother pursuing him again when the transfer window reopens in January, reports Antony Kastrinakis of The Sun.
The former Arsenal star was openly pursued by Old Trafford boss David Moyes during the summer transfer window, with offers of £30 million and £35 million rejected by the Camp Nou club.
But Fabregas, 26, insists he never spoke to United and would not consider a move away from Barcelona even if his wages were trebled.
Meanwhile, Neil Custis of The Sun reports that another United summer target, Herrera, will not be heading to Old Trafford if the Spanish club are messed around again.
United's move for the 24-year-old ended in farce on deadline day, as Custis reports, and Athletic may now even offer the player a new deal that will see the release clause raised to £35 million from £30.5 million.
However, Simon Jones of the Daily Mail claims that the midfielder is open to a January offer from United.
Henry Winter of the Daily Telegraph says United are mystified at the criticism aimed at the club after the transfer deadline passed.
Leighton Baines Poised for New Everton Deal After Remaining at Goodison Park
Everton will offer left-back Leighton Baines a new improved contract at the club in a bid to ward off any further Manchester United interest in the player in January, reports Andy Hunter of The Guardian.
The 28-year-old was the subject of offers from former Everton manager Moyes during the summer transfer window, and according to the report, the Merseyside club recognise the position Baines was placed in and want to stress his importance to the team with a new deal.
Everton are also aware that United's failure to sign Fabio Coentrao from Real Madrid on deadline day is likely to mean a renewed search for a left-back in January, claims Hunter.
But the Toffees are determined to ensure the England international is not part of that search by Moyes.
Bits and Pieces: Mourinho Jr Joins Fulham, Nasri, Ferdinand, Nani, Hansen
If one Mourinho in the Premier League wasn't enough for you, another may soon be on the way, according to James Andrew of the Daily Mail.
Jose Mario Mourinho, 14, has joined Fulham as a goalkeeper after playing for Real Madrid's Canillas team when his father, Jose, was in charge at the Bernabeu.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has dismissed the club's transfer window failures this summer and insists the team can still win every trophy on offer this season, claims Chris McKenna of the Daily Express.
Match of the Day analyst Alan Hansen has announced his decision to retire from his role after the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil after 22 years, reports Thom Drake of the Daily Mail.