What the papers say

  • Last Updated: January 22 2014, 8:05 GMT

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

Wayne Rooney: Reportedly a transfer target for Real Madrid
Wayne Rooney: Reportedly a transfer target for Real Madrid

THE TIMES: Real Madrid are weighing up a move for Wayne Rooney as Manchester United were locked in advanced talks with Chelsea last night to sign Juan Mata for £37million. Also: Boris Becker approved of the motive behind the move as Novak Djokovic, facing match point in the quarter-finals of a grand slam championship, came rushing in behind a first serve, a flash of intent and purpose.

THE INDEPENDENT: Chelsea are prepared to sell Juan Mata to Manchester United this week for more than £40m with a deal close and now just requiring a final seal of approval from Jose Mourinho who has, thus far, agreed that the player can go. Also: Three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic lost at the Australian Open for the first time in four years yesterday, going out to Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarter-finals.

THE GUARDIAN: Nicolas Anelka is facing a substantial ban as the Football Association set about appointing a QC to oversee a three-man disciplinary panel to rule on his quenelle salute and whether, if there are any anti-semitic connotations, it should warrant a longer punishment than those previously meted out to Luis Suarez and John Terry. Also: Chelsea are prepared to allow Juan Mata to leave for Manchester United this week if the champions submit a club record bid of £40m for his services, though the Spain international must also indicate to Jose Mourinho that he has his heart set upon a move to Old Trafford.

THE MIRROR: Michael Laudrup is on his way out of Swansea this summer even if the club stay up. Also: Juan Mata is set to join Manchester United within days as David Moyes plots a £70million spending spree.

DAILY STAR: David Moyes will not risk recalling Wayne Rooney for tonight's Capital One Cup semi-final showdown with Sunderland. Also: Sam Allardyce suffered another hammering last night as Manchester City completed their stroll into the Capital One Cup final.

THE SUN: Wayne Rooney will not sign a new deal at Manchester United - even if Juan Mata joins the fallen champs. Also: West Ham's latest cup humiliation was witnessed by a paltry 14,390 fans.

DAILY MAIL: Manchester United are confident of landing Juan Mata from Chelsea in a £37million deal by the end of the week. Also: West Bromwich Albion have told Nicolas Anelka he will have to pay for his own lawyer if he wants to fight an FA charge for his quenelle gesture.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Real Madrid are planning to enter the race to sign Wayne Rooney this summer after identifying the Manchester United forward as more attainable than their first choice target, Sergio Aguero. Also: Atletico Madrid are hoping to hijack Manchester United's attempts to sign Juan Mata by offering David Moyes first option on Diego Costa and Brazilian full-back Filipe Luis if he withdraws from the race for the Chelsea midfielder.

DAILY EXPRESS: Wayne Rooney will return to try to salvage Manchester United's season tonight - and Robin van Persie could be there for part of it too. Also: Novak Djokovic's 25-match three-year grip on the Australian Open ended yesterday as he went down to Stanislas Wawrinka.


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