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Live Reporting

By Thomas Mallows

All times stated are UK

  1. Team news

    Man City v Man Utd (19:45 GMT)

    Manchester United head to Etihad Stadium without several key players, including forward Marcus Rashford and midfielders Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba.

    Nemanja Matic is also doubtful after picking up a knock in Sunday's 6-0 win over Tranmere in the FA Cup fourth round.

    City's main concern is over defender Aymeric Laporte, who returned from a long-term injury in their Premier League win at Sheffield United on 21 January.

    The Frenchman played 75 minutes at Bramall Lane but was not involved in the FA Cup victory over Fulham on Sunday.

    Claudio Bravo is set to start in goal for the Blues, having played in all their domestic cup matches this season.

  2. Guardiola wary of United threat

    Man City v Man Utd (19:45 GMT)

    Manchester City

    So Aston Villa have secured their ticket to Wembley, but who will join them?

    Manchester City hold a 3-1 lead going into tonight's Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Manchester United, but Pep Guardiola is wary of the threat posed by the Red Devils.

    "It's Manchester United. They can do it, they have done it," said Guardiola.

    "In these kind of games against incredible teams with incredible history, they have pride and I know how difficult it will be to reach the final."

  3. Arsenal in clear to sign Mari

    Evening Standard

    Arsenal are now clear to sign Pablo Mari after Flamengo signed a replacement for the defender, reports the Evening Standard.

    Mari flew to London earlier this week to discuss a move to Emirates Stadium but returned home without completing the deal.

    However, Flamengo's signing of Leo Pereira from Athletico Paranaense clears the way for Mari to move to the Premier League, with the 26-year-old now expected to return to the UK to finalise the transfer before Friday's deadline.

  4. Barca eye late Tadic move


    Barcelona have turned their attentions to Ajax forward Dusan Tadic after failing in their attempts to sign Valencia's Rodrigo Moreno, according to Spanish outlet Marca.

    The Catalan club are on the hunt for a new forward after Luis Suarez was ruled out for three months following knee surgery.

    Moreno was a prime target but Valencia refused to lower their asking price for the 28-year-old, prompting the club to make a move for former Southampton forward Tadic instead.

  5. Inter Miami to make late Cavani move?


    David Beckham's MLS expansion franchise Inter Miami could be set to make a late move for Edinson Cavani from under the noses of Atletico Madrid, according to Spanish outlet AS.

    The Uruguayan striker is reportedly close to a switch to La Liga, but Beckham's close relationship with PSG and the club's president Nasser Al Khelaifi may be key to hijacking the deal.

  6. Gossip: Rodrigo, Aubameyang, Berge, Piatek, Mari, Sane

    With Friday's transfer deadline looming there are plenty of rumours flying about.

    Some of the highlights:

    • Manchester United have made Valencia striker Maxi Gomez, who has a release clause of £118.5m, their number one summer transfer target.
    • Poland forward Krzysztof Piatek, 24, wants to leave AC Milan for Tottenham before the transfer deadline.
    • Spurs have also made contact with Chelsea's France striker Olivier Giroud, 33, over a possible move.
    • Arsenal are considering a late move for Southampton's 28-year-old Portugal full-back Cedric Soares.

    All that and more can be found in today's gossip.

  7. Post update

    Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand seems confident that Bruno Fernandes is heading to Old Trafford...

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  8. Man Utd close in on Fernandes

    Manchester United

    One of the biggest deals of the January transfer window looks to be heading towards a conclusion, with Manchester United close to completing a deal for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.

    The Old Trafford club have been in negotiations with Sporting throughout the transfer window but refused to meet an asking price of 80m euros (£68m).

    But a breakthrough in negotiations on Tuesday has left United confident of agreeing a deal for the 25-year-old.

  9. Klopp stands firm on U23 plan


    Another prominent story on the back pages is Jurgen Klopp saying he is standing firm on using his under-23s in Liverpool's FA Cup replay with Shrewsbury Town.

    The Reds drew the fourth-round tie 2-2 at the League One club and the replay falls during the Premier League's mid-season break.

    Klopp maintains he will not manage the side for the game next month, otherwise "nothing will change".

  10. Woodward's home attacked

    Some less savoury news to bring you. The Cheshire home of Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has been attacked by a group chanting that he was "going to die".

    A video posted on social media showed an individual throwing a red flare over a large gate, while others sang songs aimed at the 48-year-old.

    Woodward, who is married with two young children, was not present at the time.

  11. 'Time for Grealish to make England breakthrough'

    Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester

    Aston Villa

    Jack Grealish was the central figure in a battle of loyalties between the Republic of Ireland and England before finally settling on his international future - now is the time for Gareth Southgate to give him the chance to show what all the fuss was about.

    The 24-year-old was the key figure in Villa's return to the Premier League last season, will be their biggest hope of staying there in this campaign, and in the Carabao Cup semi-final was their driving force as they reached Wembley at Leicester City's expense.

    Read Phil McNulty's reaction from Villa Park here.

  12. 'I'll be a very proud man to walk out there with this team'

    Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester

    Aston Villa


    Aston Villa boss Dean Smith said he will be a "very proud man" when he leads his team out at Wembley next month.

    "I certainly let myself go with the goal," said Smith, a boyhood Villa fan. "That deep into stoppage time, there was a bit of emotion from everyone and the place erupted.

    "Our goalkeeper made three great saves but I thought we were aggressive as well.

    "To go and get the win at the death like we did there, to take this club to Wembley, I'll be a very proud man to walk out there with this team."

  13. Villa reach Wembley

    Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester

    Aston Villa

    So, to Villa Park, where Trezeguet's dramatic injury-time winner fired Aston Villa into the Carabao Cup final with victory over Leicester City.

    The game had entered four minutes of stoppage time and penalties were looming when substitute Ahmed Elmohamedy sent over a superb cross for Trezeguet to drill a far-post finish across Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel.

    It sparked wild scenes of joy and a pitch invasion at Villa Park, as the hosts reached their first showpiece final since the FA Cup in 2015, when they lost 4-0 to Arsenal.

  14. 'United agree Fernandes deal at last'

    The back pages

  15. 'Klopp: I won't back down'

    The back pages

  16. 'Trez for Prez'

    The back pages

  17. 'Roar emotion'

    The back pages

  18. 'Heroes & Villans'

    The back pages

  19. 'Wembley, here we come!'

    The back pages