Today's news start with the Spanish newspapers as the last UEFA Champions League finalist, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid were sanctioned with a two-window transfer bans as FIFA rejected the appeals from the penalty imposed last January and later frozen waiting for this decision. The World Football body's appeals committee dismissed both clubs' challenges and now they also have to pay a fine of £280,000 for Real and £700,000 for Atletico.
All the countries' papers put the results of the appeal on their front pages with Marca giving it almost the full page. Sport also called yesterday's big news but left some space to point that Barcelona stars Neymar and Messi are in top form with the Brazilian joining Luis Enrique's squad a day before he planned. For Mundo Deportivo this was the main subject with AS announcing that Cristiano Ronaldo assuring that he is going to be part of the next Merengues home game against Osasuna.
In England, the Mirror Sport gave most of his premium space to director of the European Professional Football League Jacco Swart's prediction about the creation of a World Super League that will challenge the Champions League in about 5 years time when the current TV deal ends. “We will see a worldwide football competition in a few years. That is a development which nobody can stop any more", he said. In the same paper, Harry Kane is the focus of a transfer rumour with Serie A's side AC Milan showing interest for the Hotspur and England attacker. The proposed fee is £75 million with £42 million summer's signing from Bundesliga's squad Schalke, Leroy Sane showing his desperation for debuting with Manchester City in the much expecting derby tomorrow.
And calling it "Manc of War", Manchester United's midfielder Marouane Fellaini took on The Sun Sport page to anticipate a war during the game where both Mancunian clubs will put their 100% record at risk. The Telegraph, on the other hand, talks about an aerial attack as Jose Mourinho "orders his giant players to bully City" in the derby.
In Italy, La Gazzetta dello Sport has a kind of football manager's contest to decide who is Mister Italia between Juventus' Massimiliano Allegri and Sassuolo's Eusebio Di Francesco as La Vecchia Signora will celebrate their stadium's birthday taking on the Modena Province's team. To guess the candidates for Mister Mondo or Mister World, you don't have to break your head as Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola are taking all the attention one day before they'll play against each other again.
Paulo Dybala made the Tuttosport front to let everybody knows that he will want to stay with Juventus because their stadium will be "the theatre of his success."
Marek Hamsik got Corriere dello Sport's attention as the Napoli's midfielder is named a "Loyalty Champion" after been 10 years with the club. Nobody in Serie A is like him, they say.