Can Spireites bounce back from a late double blow? Plus all the latest football rumours and today’s backpages:
Chesterfield were hit by a late double blow tonight, to deprive them of three points over a promotion rival. Full story: DT
Rochdale scored twice in injury time to snatch a draw against promotion rivals Chesterfield, who saw Marc Richards sent off. Full story: BBC
Blackpool dramatically shelved Bob Harris’ move to Sheffield United in the early hours of this morning. Full story: SheffieldTelegraph
Sheffield United are using inspirational video clips in a bid to help their first team squad realise its potential, manager Nigel Clough has revealed. Full story: TheStar
Chris Maguire insists that he did not deserve a booking for diving and should have had a penalty in the Owls’ 1-1 draw at Burnley. Full story: TheStar
Caolan Lavery is preparing to make a nuisance of himself when the Owls go to Rochdale on Saturday. Full story: TheStar
STEVE McClaren has not ruled out handing Derby County’s talented young midfielder Will Hughes a breather. Full story: DerbyTelegraph
BLACKBURN Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes remains convinced his club can reach the Sky Bet Championship play-offs this season. Rovers are Derby County’s next opponents, with the Rams travelling to Ewood Park on Saturday, and Rhodes wants to see his team emulate the Rams’ recent good run. Full story: DerbyTelegraph
www.thetimes.co.uk: Real Madrid are weighing up a move for Wayne Rooney as Manchester United were locked in advanced talks with Chelsea last night to sign Juan Mata for £37million.
www.independent.co.uk: Chelsea are prepared to sell Juan Mata to Manchester United this week for more than £40m with a deal close and now just requiring a final seal of approval from Jose Mourinho who has, thus far, agreed that the player can go.
www.theguardian.co.uk: Nicolas Anelka is facing a substantial ban as the Football Association set about appointing a QC to oversee a three-man disciplinary panel to rule on his quenelle salute and whether, if there are any anti-semitic connotations, it should warrant a longer punishment than those previously meted out to Luis Suarez and John Terry. Also: Chelsea are prepared to allow Juan Mata to leave for Manchester United this week if the champions submit a club record bid of £40m for his services, though the Spain international must also indicate to Jose Mourinho that he has his heart set upon a move to Old Trafford.
www.dailymirror.co.uk: Michael Laudrup is on his way out of Swansea this summer even if the club stay up. Also: Juan Mata is set to join Manchester United within days as David Moyes plots a £70million spending spree.
www.dailystar.co.uk: David Moyes will not risk recalling Wayne Rooney for tonight’s Capital One Cup semi-final showdown with Sunderland. Also: Sam Allardyce suffered another hammering last night as Manchester City completed their stroll into the Capital One Cup final.
www.thesun.co.uk: Wayne Rooney will not sign a new deal at Manchester United - even in Juan Mata joins the fallen champs. Also: West Ham’s latest cup humiliation was witnessed by a paltry 14,390 fans.
www.dailymail.co.uk: Manchester United are confident of landing Juan Mata from Chelsea in a £37million deal by the end of the week. Also: West Bromwich Albion have told Nicolas Anelka he will have to pay for his own lawyer if he wants to fight an FA charge for his quenelle gesture.
www.dailytelegraph.co.uk: Real Madrid are planning to enter the race to sign Wayne Rooney this summer after identifying the Manchester United forward as more attainable than their first choice target, Sergio Aguero. Also: Atletico Madrid are hoping to hijack Manchester United’s attempts to sign Juan Mata by offering David Moyes first option on Diego Costa and Brazilian full-back Filipe Luis if he withdraws from the race for the Chelsea midfielder.
www.dailyexpress.co.uk: Wayne Rooney will return to try to salvage Manchester United’s season tonight - and Robin van Persie could be there for part of it too.