From the Back Pages, May 7: Chelsea strike out on familiar road in pursuit of Antoine Griezmann

From the back pages
From the back pages

Chelsea are bracing themselves for another busy summer of negotiations with Atletico Madrid after adding Antoine Griezmann and Toby Alderweireld to their list of transfer targets. Having signed Diego Costa and Filipe Luís from Atletico last year, they are planning to conduct more business at the end of the season, although they are willing to allow Luís, the Brazil left back, to rejoin his former club. (The Times)

The Spanish football federation has said it intends to suspend all competitions from May 16 as a dispute with the Spanish government over a new law introduced to regulate the sale of television rights escalated dramatically. The suspension could affect the end to the La Liga season with the penultimate round of fixtures due to take place on May 17. (The Telegraph)

Real Madrid assistant boss Paul Clement has emerged as a contender for the Newcastle job after Steve McClaren appeared to rule himself out of a move to Tyneside on Wednesday. (Daily Mail)

Graham Taylor was told by officials at the Football Association not to pick ‘too many’ black players during his time as England manager, according to claims in a new book about racism in football. (The Independent)

Mika Hakkinen: Lewis Hamilton needs more than titles to be considered an all-time great. (The Express)

Peter Moores completes the 4,000-mile journey from Barbados to Dublin on Thursday in time for Friday’s one-day international against Ireland knowing his future as England’s head coach has probably already been decided. (The Guardian)

Barcelona 3-0 Bayern Munich: Lionel Messi’s quick-fire brace puts Catalans in the driving seat. (The Mirror)