Manchester United ready to meet £28m clause for Atletico Madrid striker

Diego Godin
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A round up of sporting headlines including news from Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Burnley and Arsenal.

DAILY MAIL: Liverpool striker apologises after posting Super Mario joke aimed at Jews as FA consider taking action. Also: Liverpool have offered captain Steven Gerrard a new contract, boss Brendan Rodgers confirmed on Monday. Gerrard’s current deal expires next summer

INDEPENDENT: City manager Pellegrini targets league leaders after champions stroll past Southampton despite finishing match with just nine men on the pitch.

TELEGRAPH: Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who helped Los Blancos win La Decima, Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi, who has broken nearly every scoring record around, and World Cup winning Bayern Munich sweeper-keeper on the three-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or award. Also: Manchester United are keen on Atletico Madrid central defender Diego Godin with boss Louis van Gaal not ruling out meeting the 28-year-old’s £28m buy-out clause with the Spanish side.

DAILY MIRROR: Chelsea are keen to loan out midfielder Mohamed Salah in January and Everton, QPR, Stoke and Sunderland are all interested in landing the 22-year-old. Also: Burnley striker Danny Ings is out of contract in June and Newcastle are leading the clubs chasing the 22-year-old’s signature.

DAILY STAR: Frank Lampard is in line for a £4m bonus if helps Manchester City beat former club Chelsea to the title. Also: An unnamed Qatari side have bid £9.5m for Abdul Majeed Waris, 23 - believed to be a target for Manchester United after assistant manager Ryan Giggs travelled to Turkey to watch the Trabzonspor striker in a Europa League fixture.

DAILY EXPRESS: The future of Leeds was yesterday plunged into fresh doubt after the Football League demanded Massimo Cellino resign as owner. Also: Chelsea are ready to offer 51-year-old manager Jose Mourinho a lucrative new contract after speculation linking him with the Barcelona job.

TIMES: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to offload forward Lukas Podolski, 29, and Joel Campbell, 22, in January, with Inter Milan and Cologne interested in the former and Everton, Swansea and West Brom keen on the latter.

TALK SPORT: Arsenal have been warned by Celtic they will not be able to sign defender Virgil van Dijk, 23, on the cheap.