From the back pages, March 3: Middle East group set to offer £1.5bn for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger

Arsenal will receive a takeover bid that could cost a Middle Eastern consortium up to £1.5 billion, according to reports last night. The aim is to buy out the American majority shareholder Stan Kroenke and then complete a full takeover at a cost more than double what the Glazer family paid for Manchester United eight years ago. (The Independent)

Harry Redknapp furiously hit out at individuals who he claimed are trying to “disrupt” Queens Park Rangers after his side’s 2-1 victory at Southampton and rubbished reports in Saturday’s papers that a recent trip to Dubai had been marred by ill-discipline and drinking. A visibly angry Redknapp insisted that the story was untrue and had been fabricated by an agent looking to spread mischief. (The Guardian)

Holly Bleasdale won Britain’s first title at the European Indoor Championships yesterday, with her team-mate, James Dasaolu, agonisingly close to making it a golden double in Gothenburg. (The Times)

Tiger Woods tells Rory McIlroy he should think before he speaks as row over quitting Honda Classic rumbles on. (The Telegraph)

Fabio Capello is the shock candidate to save Chelsea’s season. While angry Chelsea fans refuse to accept Rafa Benitez as interim boss, Capello’s name is being discussed around the club as a short-term fix. (The Mirror)

Cristiano Ronaldo is willing to take a massive pay cut to sensationally rejoin Manchester United. Mega-rich Paris Saint-Germain are ready with a package worth £130million to tempt him to France. But Ronaldo has made his advisors aware he would sacrifice the huge pay-day to move back to Old Trafford for HALF the amount. (The Sun)

Luis Suarez was the talk of the DW Stadium as his brilliant hat-trick fired Liverpool to a 4-0 win at Wigan and became the third Liverpool player to score 20 goals in a Premier League season. (Daily Mail)

Arsene Wenger fired up today’s derby against Tottenham with one sweeping assessment of Gareth Bale – and another of Jack Wilshere. Without as much as a second thought, the Arsenal boss dismissed the Spurs man everyone is talking about right now as “the flavour of the moment”. Wilshere, he insisted, is the better bet for the future. (Express)