From the Back Pages, January 21: Jose Mourinho: Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao coming to Chelsea in the summer would have ‘caused an explosion’

From the back pages
From the back pages

Jose Mourinho has revealed that he decided against signing superstars Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao in the summer, because it “would have caused an explosion”. (The Independent)

Raheem Sterling earns Liverpool first-leg draw against Chelsea. (The Guardian)

Chelsea weigh up transfer for £27m-rated Juan Cuadrado as Darren Fletcher eyes Valencia move despite English interest. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal are in talks to sign Villarreal centre-back Gabriel Paulista but any deal is likely to hinge on obtaining a work permit for the 24-year-old Brazilian. (The Telegraph)

KEVIN MIRALLAS’ penalty miss in Everton’s goalless stalemate with West Brom on Monday created a “big issue” according to manager Roberto Martinez, though other problems afflicting his side are of greater concern. (The Express)

Manny Pacquiao has set Floyd Mayweather a deadline to agree terms for the pair’s potential superfight. (The Mirror)

The Gabba (India won toss): England (5pts) beat India (0) by nine wickets. When Eoin Morgan lifts the World Cup at the MCG in two months’ time, and recalls with a wry smile how unfancied his team had been when they arrived in Australia, perhaps the England captain will look back at this convincing victory at the Gabba as the day when the pieces began to fall into place. (The Times)