Paper News and Gossip: New Arsene Wenger Deal, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterJanuary 14, 2014

Paper News and Gossip: New Arsene Wenger Deal, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi

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    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saw his team return to the top of the Premier League with victory at Aston Villa on Monday, but one newspaper report on Tuesday morning claims the Gunners boss may also be celebrating a new deal at the club.

    Two Arsenal players may also be penning new deals at the Emirates Stadium, according to the same article.

    Cristiano Ronaldo won the coveted Ballon d'Or ahead of Lionel Messi at a glittering FIFA ceremony on Monday night, but the newspapers also gave the event an irreverent look in their coverage the following day.

    But who else is making the headlines on Tuesday? Read on to find out more.

Arsene Wenger, Bacary Sagna and Per Mertesacker to Sign New Arsenal Deals

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    Arsenal manager Wenger has agreed an extension to his contract, reports David Woods of the Daily Star.

    But the club are holding off making an official announcement until defenders Per Mertesacker and Bacary Sagna sign their new contracts at the club, adds the article.

    According to Woods, Arsenal want to unveil all three new deals at once, as they did previously when Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson all signed new contracts at the same time just over a year ago.

    Meanwhile, Wenger fears midfielder Tomas Rosicky suffered a broken nose in the 2-1 win at Aston Villa, reports Graeme Yorke of the Daily Mail.

Papers Find Humour in Ronaldo's Ballon D'Or Win over Messi, Ribery

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    Real Madrid star Ronaldo clinched the Ballon d'Or on Monday night and revealed he considered a return to Manchester United, reports Antony Kastrinakis of The Sun (subscription required).

    But the newspapers also added an irreverent outlook to their coverage of the gala FIFA ceremony.

    David Raven of the Daily Mirror provided an alternative Fallon D'Floor competition between the three contenders, Ronaldo, Messi and Franck Ribery, where the best dives of the world's best players were examined.

    The Sun (subscription required) was less than impressed with the dress sense of Barcelona star Messi.

Manchester City Want Barcelona Star Xavi for U.S. Franchise

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    Manchester City are investigating the possibility of signing Barcelona star Xavi for their MLS franchise, reports Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph.

    According to the report, New York City will not play until 2015 when the Spain midfielder will be 35 and have one year remaining on his Camp Nou deal.

    Meanwhile, Samir Nasri's dad, Abdelhamid, has hit out at Newcastle's Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa for his poor challenge on the City midfielder on Sunday, reports Martin Blackburn of The Sun (subscription required).

    The France international has been ruled out for up to eight weeks after being carried off the field during the 2-0 win on Tyneside.

    But his father was not impressed with the tackle and is quoted in the report as saying:

    Yanga-Mbiwa acted maliciously. He overstepped the mark with his first blow and then dished out another.

    With the height he went into the challenge, he wasn't trying to win the ball. It was an unwarranted piece of spite. It was like a razor with two blades.

    His first challenge cut into Samir and the second cut him down. It was distressing to see. If you don’t want your opponent to get past, pull his shirt.

    But don’t attack his legs—they are the tools of a footballer’s trade.

Chelsea Will Use De Bruyne to Justify Matic Fee, as Lampard Returns

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    Chelsea will use the £17 million they are expecting from Wolfsburg for Kevin De Bruyne to justify the likely £25 million move for Nemanja Matic, reports Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror.

    The Blues are set to make a £10 million profit on De Bruyne, who was bought from Genk for £7 million two years ago, claims the article.

    Lipton adds that Benfica midfielder Matic may not be the only arrival at Stamford Bridge, with Inter Milan's Fredy Guarin still being monitored.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is set to return to action in time for the Premier League visit of Manchester United on Sunday, reports David Woods of the Daily Star.

    The England international has returned to training after picking up a muscle injury in the game against Liverpool over the Christmas period.

Bits and Pieces: Andre Villas-Boas, Alan Pardew, Nemanja Vidic, Nani

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    Former Tottenham and Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas says he will never work in England again, reports Neil Custis of The Sun (subscription required).

    Villas-Boas is now heading for a new scouting role in Brazil and dismissed the idea of a return to the Premier League, according to the article.

    In the same newspaper, Tony Little reports that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has escaped a Football Association rap for his touchline outburst at Manchester City's Manuel Pellegrini on Sunday.

    However, Mike Jones, who controversially ruled out Cheick Tiote's strike in the same game, has been dropped to fourth official for the game between Sunderland and Southampton at the weekend, claims the same article.

    Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic is set to be offered a new one-year deal at the club, reports David Anderson of the Daily Mirror.

    United winger Nani could be on his way back to Sporting Lisbon, reports Charles Perrin of the Daily Express.

    Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones has gone "on strike" in a bid to force a transfer move to Everton, claims John Cross of the Daily Mirror.