LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has praised the man-management skills of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who he worked with at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Former Arsenal forward Nicolas Anelka has backed manager Arsene Wenger to get the best out of under-fire striker Olivier Giroud this season.
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is hoping to return to the club’s starting lineup against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday.
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Bayern Munich have confirmed that midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger cost Manchester United just £6.5m to buy in July.
Out-of-favour Manchester United ‘keeper David de Gea has told manager Louis van Gaal that he is ready to face Liverpool on Saturday after featuring for Spain in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Macedonia on Tuesday night.
Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph is a huge doubt for the Premier League leaders’ trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday after suffering a hamstring injury playing for England against Switzerland.
Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis is weighing up a move to River Plate when his contract expires at the end of the season following the arrival of fellow Argentine Nicolas Otamendi at the Etihad.
MLS chief Don Garber says LA Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard will not be re-joining Liverpool on loan in the January transfer window.
Former Italy coach Marcello Lippi thinks Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, who is currently on loan at AC Milan, should be “one of the leading players” in Serie A.
Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has revealed he came close to leaving Anfield in the transfer window, but is happy to still be at the club.
PSG left-back Lucas Digne, who was linked with a loan move to Liverpool over the summer, says he opted to join Roma instead this season because the Serie A club are managed by Rudi Garcia, who he played under at Lille.
Netherlands international Siem De Jong says he wants to stay at Newcastle for the duration of his current deal, which runs out in five years’ time.
Blackburn Rovers are interested in signing forward Yoan Gouffran on a free transfer.
Leeds United are the latest club to be linked with a loan move for Newcastle defender Mike Williamson after both Brighton and Brentford were rumoured to be keen on the player.
New Sunderland striker Fabio Borini is set to play as a central striker in the Wearsiders’ Premier League match at Spurs on Sunday.
Sunderland are hoping to offload the likes of Will Buckley, Liam Bridcutt, Valentin Roberge and Charis Mavrias now that the emergency loan window has opened.
Aston Villa goalkeeping coach Tony Coton has been casting his eye over some of England’s best young shot stoppers, with Oldham’s Joel Coleman, Southend’s Dan Bentley and Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford all said to be on the club’s radar.
EXPRESS & STAR
West Brom director of football Richard Garlick says it was the Baggies’ inability to find a replacement for Saido Berahino before the window shut that was one of the main reasons why the striker was not allowed to join Spurs.
And Garlick has also defended the Baggies’ lack of transfer activity on deadline day.
Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam says it could take time for new signing Xherdan Shaqiri to fully gel at the Britannia, but the Scot has backed the playmaker to be a big success at the Potters.
QPR are interested in signing Southend midfielder David Bentley, with the Championship club said to be mulling over a fourth bid for the player when the transfer window reopens at the turn of the year.
YORKSHIRE EVENING POST
Former Leeds manager Neil Redfearn is in line to take over at Doncaster Rovers after settling his recent dispute at Elland Road.
Birmingham City have signed defender Shane Lowry on a season-long loan deal.
THE PINK UN
Kyle Lafferty insists he won’t take the “easy option” of a loan move away from Norwich City and is ready for figh