A round up of sporting headlines including news from Tottenham, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.
DAILY MAIL: Droggy and oggy! Shrewsbury heartache as Grandison own goal halts hopes of a late upset as Chelsea edge through to last eight. Also: Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg will miss next weekend’s round of fixtures for breaking protocol so he could watch an Ed Sheeran concert.
THE GUARDIAN: Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham Hotspur are being stifled by the tightness of the White Hart Lane pitch. The London club have struggled at home once again this season, particularly when visiting teams have sat deep to compress the space.
THE INDEPENDENT: Manchester City fans were infuriated to learn that Uefa has reduced the punishment handed out to CSKA Moscow for repeated racist behaviour, despite the Russian club flouting an order to play the two sides’ Champions League tie behind closed doors.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Diego Maradona has been accused of beating his partner Rocio Oliva in a row over her mobile phone.
DAILY STAR: Gareth Bale could be available to Manchester United for £90m as Real Madrid team-mate Isco’s impressive recent form has edged the 25-year-old Welshman out of the first XI. Also: Chelsea are considering a £24m January transfer window bid for Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, 27, as a replacement for captain John Terry, 33.
DAILY EXPRESS: Mario Balotelli was embroiled in fresh controversy last night after appearing to be kicked out of Liverpool’s pre-match warm-up against Swansea – before coming off the bench to score a crucial late goal. Also: Manchester United could bring former Arsenal and Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole back to the Premier League from Roma. The 33-year-old is keen on a return to England and would give teenager Luke Shaw competition in the United defence.
DAILY MIRROR: Jose Mourinho delivered a damning assessment of Chelsea’s squad players after they were nearly humiliated at Shrewsbury. Also: Aston Villa are considering making an offer to local rivals Wolves for winger Bakary Sako.
SUN: The Gunners are also interested in Sevilla and Poland midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, 24, who has a buy-out clause of £24m.