NATIONAL HEADLINES: Chelsea ready to pay £40m for Real Madrid defender

Real Madrid's Raphael Varane
Real Madrid's Raphael Varane
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A round up of sporting headlines including news from Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, West Ham, Everton and Southampton.

DAILY MAIL: Roy Keane called Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia ‘disgraceful’ for his part in both of Arsenal’s goals in the FA Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford on Monday.

DAILY EXPRESS: Liverpool have opened preliminary contract talks with 24-year-old Wales midfielder Joe Allen, who still has two years left on his current deal.

GUARDIAN: James Milner, 29, is considering leaving Manchester City on a free transfer in the summer to play abroad, with the midfielder holding initial talks with AC Milan, Roma, Inter Milan and two clubs in Spain.

DAILY MIRROR: Chelsea are ready to splash £39.4m to sign Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane in the summer. Also: West Ham want to give 25-year-old left-back Aaron Cresswell, who joined the club on a five-year deal last summer, a new contract to fend off interest from Manchester City.

TIMES: Everton want 21-year-old midfielder Ross Barkley to rest during the summer and not go on international duty with the senior England side or the under-21s.

DAILY EXPRESS: Louis Van Gaal admitted record signing Angel di Maria had “no excuses” for his moment of madness as Danny Welbeck returned to haunt Manchester United by sealing Arsenal’s progress in the FA Cup semi-finals.

LIVERPOOL ECHO: Liverpool defender Glen Johnson, 30, says he would be interested in a move abroad when his contract at Anfield expires in the summer.

SUN: Southampton manager Ronald Koeman could lose four players in the summer, with 25-year-old midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, defenders Nathaniel Clyne, 23, and Toby Alderweireld, 26, and striker Jay Rodriguez, 25, set to leave.