From the Back Pages, January 31: Arsenal’s Julian Draxler transfer chase in doubt

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Arsenal’s pursuit of No.1 transfer target Julian Draxler has taken another twist just hours before deadline day, with his club Schalke insisting they are confident he’ll still be their player at the weekend. (The Mirror)

Barcelona are unlikely to allow Cristian Tello to move on loan to Arsenal for the rest of the season - meaning Arsene Wenger will have to look elsewhere to supplement his squad in the next 24 hours. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea Football Club appear to be involved in the funding of “third-party ownership” of players outside the Premier League, contrary to the Premier League’s and Uefa’s strong official condemnation of the practice. Company documents in the UK, Jersey and Ireland strongly suggest that Chelsea are working in partnership with José Mourinho’s Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes, and the US company Creative Arts Agency, who buy “economic rights participation agreements” in footballers playing for other clubs outside the Premier League. (The Guardian)

LIVERPOOL hope to be able to submit a planning application for the redevelopment of Anfield before the end of the season after plans for the regeneration of the entire area took a significant step forward. (The Express)

Michael Schumacher has started the long healing process, with his family confirming that he is slowly being brought out of the induced coma he has been in for more a month. (The Times)

Nowell and Burrell to make debuts against France. Stuart Lancaster confirms England will field an inexperienced backline featuring a combined total number of 91 caps in Six Nations opener. (The Telegraph)

Transfer deadline day is a strangely manufactured event, full of endless rolling Sky Sports News bulletins with Jim White shouting a lot and more often than not Harry Redknapp leaning out of a car window. (The Independent)