What the back pages of the papers say - September 2

DAILY MAIL: Manchester United and Tottenham patched up their differences on Monday night as the champions clinched the £30.75million transfer of striker Dimitar Berbatov before the midnight deadline.

United had seemed in danger of Premier League sanctions after a remarkable day of frenzied activity in the north-west, until Tottenham agreed a compromise.

The Old Trafford club had found themselves in direct competition with neighbours Manchester City after a takeover at Eastlands enabled manager Mark Hughes to table a £34million bid for the Bulgaria striker. Read more

Also: The turmoil at Everton surrounding the building of a new stadium - with an extraordinary general meeting called by disgruntled shareholders taking place on Wednesday - is now matching the upheaval at Liverpool. Read more

THE SUN: Manchester United finally landed Dimitar Berbatov after a transfer deadline day of high drama. Furious Spurs never gave United permission to talk to the striker.

But they eventually agreed a £31million deal just before midnight and were persuaded not to make an official complaint.

Spurs had earlier accepted a £34million bid from Manchester City but City's new Arab owners never got to speak to him because United chief Alex Ferguson personally whisked him away from the airport.

Also: Manchester City shattered the British transfer record last night by signing Robinho for £33million...Manchester City's multibillionaire new owner has vowed to bulldoze through England and Europe to glory...Frank Lampard has become Fabio Capello's latest injury headache.  

DAILY MIRROR: One of the longest running transfer sagas of the summer finally came to a close last night as Manchester United completed a last-minute deal for Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov.

Reds chiefs struck a £30.75m agreement with their north London counterparts with minutes to spare before the summer transfer window closed. As part of the deal,

Spurs will also take highly-rated Manchester United striker Frazier Campbell on loan for the duration of the season.

Tottenham bosses have also agreed not to pursue a complaint against United for what they perceived to be an illegal approach for Berbatov during the close season.

Also: Manchester City were catapulted into world football's elite last night following a dramatic £200million takeover from a Middle East consortium.  

DAILY EXPRESS: Sir Alex Ferguson was the getaway driver in an astonishing smash-and-grab raid for Dimitar Berbatov that left Spurs seething last night.

On a dramatic transfer deadline day, Tottenham claimed United had illegally hijacked Manchester City's surprise £34million bid for striker Berbatov - which was accepted - with Ferguson meeting him at Manchester Airport without Spurs' permission.

Ferguson was pictured driving Berbatov in his Bentley a little later with the player hidden under a cover on the rear seats.

Also: Mark Hughes was last night told there is "no limit" to his transfer spending after Manchester City were taken over by a consortium backed by the Abu Dhabi royal family.  

DAILY STAR: Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has failed to deliver the four signings he promised the Toon Army in the wake of James Milners' exit. Instead boss Kevin Keegan has swooped for Deportivo La Coruna's Xisco in a £6million deal.

The 22-year-old striker scored 12 goals in 44 games for the Spanish side last term and will link up with former team-mate Fabricio Coloccini.

Also: Albert Riera finally completed his move to Liverpool as Steve Finnan moved in the opposite direction to Espanyol...Roy Keane took his spending at Sunderland through the £75million barrier when he swooped for West Ham left-back George McCartney.  

THE TIMES: English football embraced a new superpower last night as Manchester City, who are on the brink of becoming the richest club in the world, outbid Chelsea with a British record offer of £34.2 million to sign Robinho, the Real Madrid and Brazil forward.  

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Fabio Capello remains unrepentant about his decision to ignore Michael Owen, despite criticism from the former England striker, Alan Shearer, and a backlash from members of the official supporters' group travelling out to the 2010 World Cup qualifiers in Barcelona and Zagreb.  

THE INDEPENDENT: A newly enriched Manchester City provided a graphic illustration of the challenge they now pose to the spending power of Chelsea and anyone else in the game last night when they agreed a record British transfer fee of £32.6m fee for the Brazilian striker Robinho.  

THE GUARDIAN: Joey Barton managed to hijack a few more headlines last night when the troubled Newcastle United midfielder was the subject of a bid from another Premier League club, understood to be Portsmouth.

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