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Ronaldo to Man Utd? Arsenal FC star a ‘lunatic’? Townsend to Newcastle? Friday’s back pages

The top stories making Friday’s back pages in the UK…

The Sun: Mark Hughes is ready to send Jose Mourinho closer to the axe at Stoke tomorrow.

Also: Roy Hodgson has delivered an incredible warning to Leicester striker Jamie Vardy.

And: Nemanja Matic has stunned the football world by revealing he will actually MISS Jose Mourinho ranting from the touchline tomorrow.

Daily Mirror: Steve McClaren is interested in a January move for Andros Townsend.

Also: Jurgen Klopp has admitted Liverpool still have to “learn how to win”, despite a vital victory in Kazan.

And: Cristiano Ronaldo has offered Jose Mourinho some encouragement, admitting he sees the Chelsea manager as one of the top coaches in world football.

Daily Star: Claudio Ranieri has told Riyad Mahrez to forget about leaving Leicester.

Also: Jonny Evans says under-fire Wayne Rooney will relish proving his critics wrong.

And: Wojciech Szczesny is an “uncontrollable lunatic”, according to former Juventus keeper Stefano Tacconi.

Plus: Nemanja Matic says Chelsea can cope without Jose Mourinho on Saturday now their confidence is back.

Daily Mail: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will be able to communicate with his backroom team during Saturday’s stadium ban.

Also: Everton have put a £45million price tag on Romelu Lukaku in an attempt to ward off potential buyers next summer.

Daily Express: Jurgen Klopp saluted Jordon Ibe as a “big talent” who will continue to improve after his first goal for the club secured a valuable Europa League win last night.

Also: Jamie Vardy has been warned he has no right to demand to play as a central striker for England despite his trailblazing Premier League form.

Metro: Cristiano Ronaldo has received an offer to join Manchester United and is now deciding whether to accept, according to reports.

Also: Ronaldo told a team-mate in 2014 that he would move back to Manchester United within two years, claims Guillem Balague.

And: Arsenal are facing an early exit from the Champions League after being thrashed 5-1 by Bayern Munich, which could serve as a wake-up call about the state of their squad.

Daily Telegraph: The priority that Arsène Wenger is placing on the Premier League informed the decision not to risk Laurent Koscielny in the 5-1 drubbing by Bayern Munich – with the defender now likely to join Mikel Arteta and David Ospina in returning for Sunday’s derby against Tottenham.

The Times: Three draws followed by three victories: Liverpool are settling nicely into the Jürgen Klopp era, their sixth match under the German last night featuring arguably their most accomplished performance.

Also: Mousa Dembélé is the player least likely to feel at home in the high-octane system favoured by Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur, but it was his third goal in as many games that overcame a resurgent Anderlecht at White Hart Lane last night.

The Guardian: The Watford manager Quique Sánchez Flores has refused to rule out a move for Emmanuel Adebayor and hinted he would welcome the arrival of the former Tottenham striker.

Also: Two down for Tottenham this week and, while the big one down the road is all that really matters, Mauricio Pochettino will certainly be a happy man going into the north London derby this weekend.

Kirk is a lifelong follower of all motorsports, particularly Formula 1, Nascar and WRC. When not found at the side of the circuit, eyes stinging from the burnt rubber, he also covers tennis, eSports and other categories for us.

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