Manchester United eye £30m rated Real Madrid defender

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A round up of sporting headlines including news from Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United, Aston Villa and Newcastle.

DAILY EXPRESS: Jose Mourinho slid across the Wembley turf and admitted he felt like a kid again after winning the Capital One Cup at Wembley. Also: Jordon Ibe is set to be sidelined for up to four weeks with a knee injury, placing further strain on Liverpool’s resources as they endeavour to ensure their season does not implode for the second successive campaign.

DAILY MAIL: Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher pulled no punches in their scathing assessments of Manchester City’s performance during the 2-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield. Also: Rooney backs Di Maria to ‘figure it out’ as £60m United star struggles with form.

EXPRESS: Liverpool and Arsenal are both keen on signing Juventus and former Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, 22. Also: Manchester City could turn to Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola next season with current City boss Manuel Pellegrini facing the prospect of a season without silverware and under increasing pressure to save his job.

DAILY MIRROR: Manchester United could focus their attentions on their backline, with Real Madrid’s £30m rated defender Raphael Varane supposedly keen on a switch to the Red Devils.

DAILY STAR: Arsene Wenger hailed Olivier Giroud after the Arsenal striker grabbed the chance to redeem himself. Also: £12m-rated La Liga striker issues come-and-get-me plea to Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.

THE GUARDIAN: Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood says his side need six wins from their remaining 11 games to ensure their Premier League survival.

SUN: Valencia could sign £46m-rated Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao next summer once the 29-year-old’s season-long loan ends at Old Trafford. Meanwhile: Newcastle are hoping to sign Sevilla’s Columbian striker Carlos Bacca, 28.