What the papers say

  • Last Updated: January 21 2014, 7:25 GMT

A look at what is making the back-page headlines in today's national newspapers.

Juan Mata: Linked with a move to Manchester United
Juan Mata: Linked with a move to Manchester United

Daily Express: Manchester United are already being forced to plan for the Europa League. Also: West Brom's sponsors ended their £3m deal with the club last night just hours before Nicolas Anelka learns whether he will be charged by the FA over his controversial 'quenelle' gesture.

Daily Mail: Manchester United have been told to pay £40m for Juan Mata after the champions stepped up their interest in the Chelsea outcast. Also: Police were called to Swansea City's training ground after defender Chico Flores allegedly picked up a brick in a furious row with team-mate Garry Monk.

The Sun: David Moyes has held showdown talks with Robin van Persie over the striker's fitness. Also: West Brom battled back to gain a vital point in Pepe Mel's first game as boss.

Daily Mirror: Manchester United could have red faces by curtailing their glamour pre-season US tour to play in a Europa League qualifier. Also: Nicolas Anelka played for West Brom last night hours after shirt sponsor Zoopla ended their £3m deal in disgust at his 'quenelle' gesture.

Daily Star: Wayne Rooney's future at Manchester United hinges on qualifying for the Champions League. Also: Diego Lugano scored with a stunning late header to give Pepe Mel an unbeaten start as new Baggies boss last night.

Daily Telegraph: Chelsea were on Monday night braced for a possible bid for Juan Mata from Manchester United. Also: Anelka played for 77 minutes of Albion's Premier League 1-1 draw with Everton on Monday night night and is expected to discover his fate from the FA on Tuesday morning.

The Guardian: Chelsea are braced to receive a club record bid from Manchester United for their unsettled attacker Juan Mata, an offer which will test the London club's resolve to retain the Spain international despite his fringe status in the first team this season. Also: The storm surrounding Nicolas Anelka's controversial "quenelle" goal celebration against West Ham United last month shows no sign of abating after Zoopla, the property website and principal sponsor of West Bromwich Albion, announced that it will sever all ties with the Premier League club at the end of this season.

The Independent: Nicolas Anelka will finally be charged by the Football Association on Tuesday morning over his "quenelle" gesture that has attracted controversy for its anti-Semitic connotations and will face a long-term ban if found guilty. Also: Manchester United are expected to make a bid for the out-of-favour Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata in the next two days, with Jose Mourinho having the ultimate say over whether the Spain international leaves or not.

The Times: Nicolas Anelka spearheaded the West Bromwich Albion attack against Everton last night - a selection that cost the club a £3m sponsorship deal. Also: Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are losing their battle to be fit to face Sunderland tomorrow.


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