Paper Round: Abramovich grills Chelsea over collapse

Chelsea's players and staff got a rude surprise in training on Thursday when owner Roman Abramovich turned up to demand answers over his side's collapse against Juventus.

The Russian oligarch has splashed the cash once again this summer, spending over £80 million on new players, and was unhappy after seeing the Blues surrender a 2-0 lead against the Italian champions.

That is the story according to the Daily Mail in any event who said that Abramovich: "arrived on Thursday with director Eugene Tenenbaum and a third, unidentified, executive to discuss the performance.

"(Roberto)Di Matteo, who led Chelsea to European Cup and FA Cup glory last season, is under no immediate threat and Juventus are unbeaten in Serie A for more than a season, but Abramovich expected Chelsea to protect their two-goal lead.

"Abramovich has barely been seen at the training ground since he fired Andre Villas-Boas in March but is known for piling the pressure on struggling managers."

The story appears on the backpage of the Mail and you could argue the paper is trying to make a mountain out of molehill but it is another sign that Abramovich is not afraid to get involved if things are not going to script.

To some transfer news and Liverpool are said to be interested in young Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic of Dinemo Zagreb.

The 19-year-old only joined the Champions League club in the summer but is already attracting the interest of Genoa and Lazio too. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool are also said to be in talks with defender Daniel Agger over a new contract worth £80,000-a-week. Agger had been heavily linked with Manchester City in the summer. (The Sun)

Wigan Athletic may make a move for Sporting Kansas City's midfielder Roger Espinoza. The 25-year-old Honduran international will be available on a free transfer at the end of the month. (The Sun)

Roberto Martinez is also interested in Crystal Palace prospect Wilfried Zaha but is said to be put off by the £6m asking price for the England U21 international who is still only 19. (Daily Mirror)

Norwich are set to go to a tribunal in their fight for compensation after losing Paul Lambert to Aston Villa. Boss Lambert quit after being refused permission to talk to the Midlanders.

Finally, a host of clubs are after 17-year-old Stockport prospect Kyle Brownhill including Wigan, Blackburn, Nottingham Forest and Derby. (Daily Star)