From the back pages, July 11: Chelsea confident of signing Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney

From the back pages
From the back pages

Chelsea will sell Fernando Torres or Demba Ba should they be successful in landing Wayne Rooney this summer and are still confident of going into the season with the England striker as their first-choice centre-forward. (The Independent)

CHELSEA defender Branislav Ivanovic has admitted he would like to have join forces with Edinson Cavani and Robert Lewandowski. (The Express)

Adel Taarabt’s days with QPR could be numbered after the controversial forward was sent home from a pre-season training camp in Devon. The Evening Standard report that Taarabt turned up late for training and is already back in London after falling foul of manager Harry Redknapp and his coaching staff. (Daily Mail)

MANUEL PELLEGRINI has vowed to rip the Premier League title from Manchester United’s grasp. Manchester City’s new boss met the English media for the first time today — and immediately made it clear his brief was to reclaim the balance of power from the club’s arch-rivals. (The Sun)

Everton have signed Barcelona B forward Gerard Deulofeu on a season-long loan, the Premier League club have announced. Deulofeu, who has been playing for Spain in this summer’s Under-20s World Cup, had also been linked with Tottenham. (The Mirror)

Ashes contests have struggled to live up to the sheer ding-dong nature of the 2005 series but Wednesday’s play at Trent Bridge did a more than passable impression, with 14 wickets falling and a bowler on each side having the opportunity of a hat-trick. (The Telegraph)

England ended a dramatic first day of the Ashes series insisting that honours are at least even but with a major injury concern over Stuart Broad. The all-rounder was unable to bowl when Australia launched their reply to England’s first-innings total of 215 after being hit on the right shoulder by a short ball from James Pattinson – the same shoulder in which he needed a cortisone injection after the Champions Trophy final last month. (Guardian)

Mark Cavendish was drenched with urine during today’s individual time-trial as his Tour de France hit fresh trouble. A day after he was involved in a controversial collision, the Manxman was sprayed from a bottle wielded by a spectator on the 33-kilometre eleventh stage from Avranches to Mont Saint-Michel. (The Times)