Premier League referees to be warned amid Mark Halsey text row: The Mirror reports that referees have already been warned not to speak to managers amid Mark Halsey's claim that he was on texting terms with Sir Alex Ferguson. Halsey writes in his upcoming autobiography that: "It took time to gain Sir Alex Ferguson's respect but in the end we had a very good relationship. One thing should be made clear about my relationship with Sir Alex. I may have spoken to him a lot and shared texts but he knew when I crossed that white line there were no favours."
Paper Round's view: Halsey has a book coming out so headlines like this will help with sales and with both he and Ferguson now retired there is really little that can be done. The Premier League will no doubt be furious with the revelations but other than warning their current crop, their hands are tied.
Halsey claims a referee could commit suicide: Mr Halsey is all over the papers this morning. His book is being serialised by the Sun and they dedicate their back page to his latest warning. Halsey says that the abuse that referees are being subjected to is getting out of hand. "If we do not help referees with mental health and stress lesson, we could even see a suicide," he says.
Paper Round's view: Obviously abuse and suicide is not something that should be taken lightly but again this appears to be a headline grabbing angle that will do the Sun's and Halsey's book sales no harm at all.
Ronaldo to earn almost double Bale's wage: The Daily Mail breaks down the figures on Ronaldo's bumper new contract at Real Madrid: "Under the new agreement, which scuppers any immediate hope Manchester United have of persuading their former player to return, Ronaldo will earn a remarkable £15 million a year after tax and before bonuses, or £288,000 a week, dwarfing Bale’s annual £8.3m," the paper reports.
Paper Round's view: Despite Bale's arrival, this deal proves that Real Madrid still see Ronaldo as "the man" at the club. And with 203 goals scored in 203 games at the Bernabeu you have to say that's fair enough. United meanwhile will just have to continue watching the goal glut from afar because Ronaldo's not coming back any time soon.
Arsenal and Manchester City target Victor Valdes reiterates desire to leave Barcelona: The Daily Star reports that Victor Valdes has reiterated his desire to leave for pastures new after completing his current deal at the Nou Camp. They say that Arsenal and Manchester City could both move for the 31-year-old goalkeeper next summer.
Paper Round's view: Valdes was very close to joining Monaco in the summer and that remains his most likely destination. It is hard to see City giving up on Joe Hart just yet while Arsenal might have to look elsewhere if they want to bring in a world class keeper at the end of the season.
Macheda on the verge on joining Doncaster: The Doncaster Free Press says that Manchester United striker Federico Macheda is on the brink of joining the club on loan. The Italian striker was in the stands for Doncaster's Championship match against Huddersfield at the weekend.
Paper Round's view: Doncaster seems like a massive fall from grace for a player who looked set to become a superstar when he burst onto the scene in 2009 when as a 17-year-old he scored in his first two games for Manchester United. However, he needs some fresh scenery to help kick-start a stalled career so this move makes sense.