From the Back Pages, July 13: Manchester City set to sign Raheem Sterling for £49 million

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Manchester City are set to sign Raheem Sterling for a club record £49 million fee after a deal was agreed with Liverpool today that will see the winger become the most expensive ever English footballer. (The Times)

Raheem Sterling’s imminent record-breaking £49million transfer to Manchester City will provide a very timely boost for recently-relegated Queens Park Rangers. (Daily Mail)

England’s first major scalp of the series looks set to be Shane Watson after Darren Lehmann, the Australia coach, admitted to being disappointed with his failure to solve his lbw weakness. (The Telegraph)

NEWCASTLE’S Mike Ashley is set to switch from budget brand to big money buyer with a £40million transfer spree. (The Express)

Chris Froome remains in the yellow jersey but the inability of Nicolas Roche to stay in touch with his team-mates in the closing metres of the team time trial cost Team Sky the stage win by the most slender of margins: one second. It was rounded up from 0.62sec, BMC’s actual margin of victory over the 28km course. Ouch. (The Guardian)

Alastair Cook is well on his way to forming an all-conquering double act with new coach Trevor Bayliss. Only four pairs of England captains and coaches have won the Ashes together since Micky Stewart and Mike Gatting were the first back in 1986-87. (The Mirror)

Novak Djokovic successfully defended his Wimbledon title on Centre Court today, defeating Roger Federer 7-6,6-7,6-4,6-3 in a two hours 56 minutes demonstration of his superb return of serve. (The Independent)

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