£59m United ace Di Maria in battle to be fit

Argentina's Angel di Maria with Portugal's Pepe (left) at Old Trafford
Argentina's Angel di Maria with Portugal's Pepe (left) at Old Trafford
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A round-up of today’s national newspaper stories, involving Manchester United, Liverpool, Wigan, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Tottenham.

GUARDIAN: Manchester United’s record signing £59m Angel Di Maria hopes to be fit to face Arsenal on Saturday, despite needing an X-ray on a foot injury sustained in Argentina’s defeat against Portugal at Old Trafford.

TELEGRAPH: Championship club Wigan are set to interview Malky Mackay about their managerial vacancy, despite an on-going investigation by the Football Association into alleged misconduct by the former Cardiff boss.

DAILY MIRROR: Liverpool and England defender Glen Johnson, 30, is set to quit Anfield in the summer after being offered a new two-year deal on half of his £120,000 a week wages.

Manchester United chief Ed Woodward claims the club will not spend on “short-term fixes” in January to get them back in the Champions League.

David De Gea has come out to squash rumours that compatriot and national team rival Victor Valdes is set to replace him at Manchester United.

THE SUN: Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has applied to knock down his Surrey mansion and build a new one, fuelling rumours that he may be returning south when his Anfield contract expires at the end of the season.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is set to tone down training to avoid any more self-inflicted injuries.

Former Chelsea boss Avram Grant will become the new Ghana boss this week despite being embroiled in a row over his Israeli passport - which bars entry in some African and Arab countries.

DAILY STAR: Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool are keen to sign Newcastle and England Under-20s starlet Rolando Aarons.

DAILY MAIL: Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is winning his race to be fit to face Arsenal on Saturday despite suffereing a dislocated finger while on international duty with Spain.

DAILY EXPRESS: European champions Real Madrid would prefer to sign Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris, rather than Manchester United’s David de Gea.