Premier League - Paper Round: Terry tears prompt exit fears

John Terry's tears at the weekend gave an indication of where his future lies; Liverpool are closing on a Barcelona star; and Tottenham have identified another manager they would like to replace Tim Sherwood - here are the main stories making headlines in this morning's newspapers.

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Terry set to move on: Chelsea stalwart John Terry fears he has played his last game for the Blues at Stamford Bridge. The Sun reveals that the defender's tears at the end of the weekend's match against Norwich were an indication the Chelsea skipper believes his future lies elsewhere. Terry's deal expires at the end of this season and what the club is currently offering falls well below his expectations. The paper adds that there have been no talks between the two sides for almost a month. Galatasaray are long-term admirers and would be willing to offer more than Chelsea.

Paper Round's view: Another day, more tears of anguish from John Terry. He certainly does wear his heart on his sleeve, and it's not too difficult to work out why he was blubbing again at the weekend. He knows his time is up at Stamford Bridge. So too Ashley Cole, and the pair's impending departures will signal the end of an era at Chelsea. Pass the tissues...

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Liverpool close on Barca ace: Brendan Rodgers has been given the green light to sign Barcelona starlet Cristian Tello. The Daily Mirror reports that Liverpool, who have been interested in the £8 million-rated Spaniard for some time, are set to swoop after the youngster was involved in a row with coach Tata Martino at the weekend. The bust-up was captured on television and Barca are now ready to sell up. Anfield is, according to the report, Tello's most likely destination.

Paper Round's view: Tello's a decent enough prospect for the future, but as last night's debacle at Selhurst Park proved, Rodgers needs to focus on his back line if Liverpool are to truly strengthen for next season's assault on the Champions League. Flair wingers should not be top of his summer wish list.

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Tottenham eye up Martinez: Tottenham have targeted another manger to replace Tim Sherwood at White Hart Lane, with Roberto Martinez to appear in their sights. The Daily Mirror reports that the Spaniard is on the White Hart Lane club's radar after his Everton side failed to qualify for next season's Champions League. Sherwood's future will become clearer after next weekend's final game of the current campaign.

Paper Round's view: Louis van Gaal, Frank De Boer, Mauricio Pochettino and now Martinez... anyone would think that there is a vacancy to fill at White Hart Lane, yet Sherwood is still Tottenham manager. That is likely to the case for just another week though, and Spurs fans should be encouraged by their club's willingness to look ahead. Certainly if they are able to entice Martinez down to London, given his excellent work with Everton this season. With a bigger budget, who knows what he could achieve there.

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Giggs will pick himself: Ryan Giggs is set to name himself on his Manchester United teamsheet for tonight's final home game of the season against Hull. The interim manager is one of several United veterans who could be bidding farewell to Old Trafford with the season about to conclude. The clash with the Tigers will definitely be Juventus-bound Nemanja Vidic's swansong, while Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra are both out of contract at the end of the season and could be moving on. Giggs, who the paper reports is considering coming off the bench for an emotional farewell in front of 75,000 fans, is yet to agree a new playing deal and remains undecided if he will carry on next season.

Paper Round's view: As the paper says, Giggs' decision over picking himself was made easier by his charges' abject display against Sunderland at the weekend. It wouldn't be a wholly sentimental choice - Giggs still has the capability to deliver when required - but even if it was, is there anyone who would begrudge him one final appearance as a player at the stadium he has graced for more than the past 20 years?

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Arsenal planning FA Cup victory parade: FA Cup finalists Arsenal are planning a victory parade through the streets of Islington should they beat Hull City at Wembley, despite the club not holding a similar celebration in 2003 or 2005. The FA Cup was the only trophy the club won during those two seasons, yet plans are already being made for May 18. The Telegraph claims that it is undeniable that silverware would feel very different this season, with the club having gone trophyless since 2005.

Paper Round's view: It should be noted that this isn't a case like the Liverpool fans who had 'Champions 2013-14' tee-shirts made up (although those entrepreneurs may yet be vindicated), and simply that arrangements need to be made for any celebratory parade well in advance, given the road closures and crowds that would be expected. And regardless of the reasons behind the lack of a parade in '03 and '05, this time around the possible ending of such a long drought would certainly warrant celebration.

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