From the Back Pages, April 6: Paris Saint-Germain in talks with Chelsea over £38m David Luiz deal

From the back pages
From the back pages

Paris Saint-Germain are hoping to sign Chelsea’s David Luiz this summer for £38million. As predicted by The Football Grapevine, Chelsea are ready to offload Luiz and a move to sell the Brazil centre half to Barcelona as Carles Puyol’s replacement has long been in the pipeline. (Daily Mail)

SOUTHAMPTON striker Jay Rodriguez’s World Cup dream is almost certainly over after he suffered a sickening knee injury in the 4-1 defeat at Manchester City. (The Express)

Chelsea 3 Stoke City 0: This is indeed a curious and special kind of title race if Chelsea, top of the table in early April, are out of it. After last Saturday’s defeat at Selhurst Park, Jose Mourinho declared his team highly unlikely to be crowned Barclays Premier League champions next month. (The Times)

Grand National 2014 results: Pineau De Re’s beano proves small miracle. If ever a Grand National could be described as routine, perhaps this was the one. The thrills and spills that inevitably go with a 40-runner steeplechase over such unique fences were there, and the required fairytale result. (The Independent)

The Grand National was overshadowed by an extraordinary mutiny of jockeys on Saturday night after 39 of the 40 entrants refused to attend a stewards’ inquiry into a botched start. (The Telegraph)

Kevin Pietersen will lift the lid on his England sacking in an explosive TV interview with his pal Piers Morgan this autumn. (The Mirror)

The two best teams in the world, England and Australia, converge in Dhaka for what should be a grand contest, but the buildup has been such that an old-fashioned boxing promoter in the mould of Don King would be tearing his hair out (presumably quite a time-consuming occupation). The two captains, Charlotte Edwards and Meg Lanning, posed for photographers in front of the World T20 trophy and they kept smiling – at each other. That is no good; this is supposed to be the ultimate grudge match. When interrogated about their prospects both spoke of evenly matched sides with barely a hair between them. (The Guardian)