Afternoon Report: January 24

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Mario Balotelli could be banned for four matches after he was charged for violent conduct for stamping on Tottenham Hotspur's Scott Parker.

Robin van Persie has denied there is a rift with Arsene Wenger, despite appearing to bemoan Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's substitution on Sunday.

Chris Smalling has called for Manchester United to keep pace with title and local rivals City - as he believes they will crumble under the pressure.


Liverpool are said to be in talks with Real Madrid with a view to signing midfielder Esteban Granero on loan. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is reportedly keen on bringing Lazio forward Mauro Zarate to London on loan. (Daily Mail)

And finally, Paris Saint-Germain manager Carlo Ancelotti wants to bring Frank Lampard to the French capital. (Talk Sport)

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