United buzz around Mosquito: Manchester United are ready to rival Chelsea for the signing of the man who must be the oddest named footballer in the world: Brazilian youngster Mosquito. The Daily Mirror says that both clubs will look to add bite to their attacks by trying to sign the player in January. The forward, who is also being watched by Real Madrid and Juventus, impressed during FIFA's U17 World Cup but clubs are having to wait until next month - when he turns 18 - to make a move for him. The paper claims that Atletico Paranaense would want £4 million.
Paper Round's view: The paper reckons Chelsea scouts have passed on glowing recommendations about Mosquito, who would certainly be a hit in the Premier League, if only for his headline-friendly name.
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Pellegrini makes hash of mathematics: Manchester City are facing a tough Champions League draw after finishing second in their group behind Bayern Munich - but it could have been different had manager Manuel Pellegrini got his calculations right, reports The Independent. Having come back from two goals down to lead 3-2 at the Allianz Arena, City needed just one more goal to snatch top spot off Bayern, but instead of sending on top scorer Sergio Aguero with 30 minutes remaining, Pellegrini left his Argentine star on the bench and they instead settled for a victory by a one-goal margin.
Paper Round's view: The Independent asks the question: "Does Manuel Pellegrini understand the rules of the Champions League?" In fairness, he probably does, it's just his maths that is a bit screwy. Post-match he appeared to believe two goals were needed instead of one and he must now wait until Monday's draw to find how badly his mistake has cost City. Of course, this isn't the first time the club have been involved in a mathematical balls-up in a crucial game - back at the end of the 1995-96 season, with Alan Ball in charge, City were battling against relegation and needed to score another against Liverpool to stay up but were instructed to keep the ball by the corner flag. By the time word got to the players on the pitch that they should push for another, it was too late and their fate was sealed. City have worked hard to shed the comedy club tag stuck on them by certain rivals, but incidents like this will only take them back to that bygone era.
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Arsenal in security lock-down: Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal players have been put under a security lockdown in Napoli amid major safety fears ahead of their Champions League game, reports the Daily Mirror. Members of the Gunners party will not be allowed to leave their hotel unaccompanied because of the Serie A side's notorious ultras, who attacked a pie shop in the return fixture at the Emirates and were involved in a riot in their last group match against Marseille.
Paper Round's view: It's a sad day when Wenger and his players, who like to go on a pre-match walkabout on match day, are surrounded by a security cordon, depriving real fans of a chance to get close to their heroes. Quite how Napoli weren't forced to play this fixture behind closed doors after what happened against Marseille is a mystery. Let's hope UEFA aren't made to regret their leniancy.
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BBC opt to show Italy game: The BBC will show England's opening World Cup match against Italy after ITV chose the Three Lions' game against Uruguay, reports the Daily Telegraph. Even FIFA's decision to bring forward kick-off for the match in Manaus - to 11pm UK time - was not enough to convince ITV to exercise its first option on the contest. Instead, it will show the Uruguay clash, at a more commercially viable time of 8pm, and the final group game against Costa Rica (5pm kick-off).
Paper Round's view: This should not come as a surprise - with Luis Suarez in their line-up, the Uruguay match is surely the most appealing of England's group games. Italy may well be a great traditional foe, but the reality is that the game against the Azzurri is liable to being a dull one. Uruguay are higher-ranked by FIFA than Italy - albeit only by one place - but still, it promises to be a cracker.
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French club look at Kompany: Monaco are showing interest in Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany, claims the Daily Mail. The money-bags French outfit would like to tempt him away to shores of the Mediterranean to join the likes of Radamel Falcao, Ricardo Carvalho and Joao Moutinho.
Paper Round's view: City are themselves looking to add to their defensive roster in January, so why on earth would they allow their best defender and captain to leave? There's simply no way this will happen. Just stop it.
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