A round up of sporting headlines including news from Barcelona, Manchester City, England, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United.
DAILY MAIL: Lionel Messi has equalled Raul’s all-time Champions League goalscoring record, netting his 71st European goal on Tuesday. Also: Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, 27, was left out of the starting line-up for the second successive game amid speculation Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United have submitted offers for the Spain international.
GUARDIAN: Manuel Pellegrini admitted having no answers as to why Manchester City cannot perform in the Champions League after the 2-1 defeat by CSKA Moscow that leaves them relying on other results to qualify for the knockout stage. Also: Louis van Gaal is not planning to strengthen his Manchester United squad in January unless a key target becomes available, with the manager focusing instead on next summer.
THE INDEPENDENT: FA hoping for over 80,000 at Wembley as fans return to see Wayne Rooney collect 100th cap.
DAILY MIRROR: Forward Joel Campbell, 22, is ready to leave Arsenal in January after becoming fed-up at a lack of first-team chances.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Jose Mourinho did not feel much like singing after Chelsea narrowly avoided losing their unbeaten record to Champions League minnows Maribor.
DAILY STAR: Liverpool’s former director of football Damien Comolli has claimed Jordan Henderson got him sacked at Anfield. Also: QPR have been told it will cost at least £10m if they want to sign former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, 32, from MLS side Toronto in the New Year.
DAILY EXPRESS: Steven Gerrard has called for the critics to be ‘realistic’ about Raheem Stirling but believes pressure is important as the forward strives to reach his unlimited potential.
SUN: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal wants to bolster his defence with a £10m January bid for Porto centre-back Bruno Martins Indi, the 22-year-old Netherlands international.
TIMES: Kevin Strootman, 24, is expected to make his long-awaited return to action for a Roma reserve team this weekend in a move that could boost Manchester United’s prospects of signing the Netherlands midfielder in January.