Paper Round: Guardiola ready to reunite with Messi

Paper Round: Guardiola ready to reunite with Messi

18/10/2016 at 23:42Updated 19/10/2016 at 08:40

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is all set for a reunion with Lionel Messi - that, and all the news. It's Wednesday's Paper Round.

Pep ready for Messi reunion

They might be opponents at the Camp Nou tonight - but Pep Guardiola would be more than happy to be reunited with his old charge Lionel Messi permanently at the Etihad. That's according to the Sun.

Paper Round's view: Well, that'd be the dream, wouldn't it? City fans will be delighted and excited by the rumour - but it's tough to see Messi leaving Barcelona any time soon. If he did decide on a move, though, City would seem like an ideal place for him - a coach who understands him, a club with ambition, and money no object.

Iniesta: Pep can win Champions League for City

Another of Pep's old players, Andres Iniesta, has been paying tribute to him - and telling the Mirror that he could be the man who wins the Champions League for Manchester City.

Paper Round's view: The Barcelona midfielder was clear that he hopes it isn't this season - but he expects European success for his former coach some time soon. One would imagine the City hierarchy expect that as well - else what has all that investment been for? If it's not this season, it has to be next...

Manchester United can challenge for the title, says Rooney

Wayne Rooney thinks Manchester United are improving under Jose Mourinho, and will be up with the Premier League title challengers at the end of the season, according to the Daily Mail.

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney

Manchester United's Wayne RooneyReuters

Paper Round's view: It does seem a little early to rule United completely out of the title race, but what from Monday night's performance against Liverpool gave Rooney the confidence that they'd be fighting for the championship? He watched most of it from the bench and surely cannot have been that impressed by a poor match and a mediocre display.

Joshua v Klitschko in the balance

The £30m fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko hangs in the balance, says the Daily Telegraph. That's because Klitschko is having second thoughts and is now considering a couple of opponents offered by the WBA - and if he fights Joshua, he wants the WBA belt to be on the line.

Paper Round's view: The labyrinthine negotiations for boxing bouts - particularly ones that are set to make so much money - are legendary. This confusion is all Tyson Fury's fault. His vacation of the WBA and WBO belts has left a vacuum where plenty of challengers are manoeuvring for a fight and staking a claim for the gold - but Joshua v the veteran has to be the match-up that promoters, fans and fighters alike really want to see.