A raft of World Cup qualifiers and an England friendly in which Jermain Defoe receives most of the acclaim has not stopped the Gael Kakuta affair continuing to dominate proceedings in the Sunday press.
Chelsea's transfer ban has stopped them in their aim of signing Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery say the News of the World. The Blues were the Daily Star prepared to pay £40m and it seems he is now more likely to join Real Madrid. say that Sergio Aguero is another target to fall by the wayside as a result of FIFA's punishment.
The Sunday Mirror has the inside line on how the Kakuta affair came to light, saying that it was a member of the young Frenchman who provided the key evidence that resulted in Lens winning their case.
Former Chelsea player Arjen Robben, once of Real Madrid and now playing alongside Ribery at Bayern Munich has stated to the Sunday Mirror that the Blues' current stars will be exiting Stamford Bridge in their droves.
There are still some loose ends to tie up for Chelsea, according to the NOTW, who say that Manchester City are set to demand £10m in compensation for Daniel Sturridge, the youngster who defected to the Londoners after failing to agree a new Eastlands deal. A tribunal is due to arrange the transfer fee for a player under 24, them being the rules.
City, meanwhile, are linked with some genuine transfer rumours - if there is such a thing - Barcelona want Robinho, say the Mirror and News of the World. The Mirror say City have asked to swap their Brazilian for Lionel Messi. Less silly is the idea in the Screws that Thierry Henry may be part of the deal.
Sillier still: Roberto Carlos is the latest man to be linked with a move to join Sven Goran Eriksson at Notts County, say the News of the World.
Takeover news now. Ali al-Faraj, the Saudi property investor who recently failed in his attempts to buy Portsmouth, is believed to be considering a bid for West Ham United, say the Sunday Independent. And in the NOTW there is a suggestion that Karen Brady, now signed up to do BBC TV's The Apprentice, will quit Birmingham when Carson Yeung completes his takeover of Blues.