From the Back Pages, September 23: Manchester City target Everton’s Ross Barkley to fill homegrown gap

Ross Barkley is a target for Manchester City next summer with the champions valuing the midfielder at around £30m and viewing him as among a select few English homegrown players who could slot instantly into their team. City also hope Joe Hart and James Milner will sign the new deals they have been offered. (The Guardian)

From the back pages
From the back pages

Manchester United stars slammed the substitution of Angel di Maria during a fiery dressing-room inquest after their shocking 5-3 defeat at Leicester. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he played Wayne Rooney in midfield because he was not satisfied with him as a striker. (The Telegraph)

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Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy will be out for three months after undergoing ankle surgery. (The Independent)

Brendan Rodgers has defended Steven Gerrard, claiming he remains a “brilliant player”. Gerrard was disappointing in Liverpool’s defeat at West Ham on Saturday and, at 34, his critics say he may finally be on the wane. (The Mirror)

GERMANY’s FIFA member believes a threat of legal action from fans suffering from life-threatening heat will force the World Cup to be moved from Qatar. (The Express)

Paul McGinley, the Europe Ryder Cup captain, gave a clear indication that he intends to split the partnership of Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell for the match at Gleneagles that begins on Friday. (The Times)