From the back pages, July 16: Manchester United make £26m Fabregas bid after missing out on Thiago

From the back pages
From the back pages

Bayern on Sunday reached agreement with Barcelona on a €25m (£21.5m) deal for 22-year-old Thiago, despite United’s interest, and the loss of that target will increase the appeal of Fabregas to United. (The Independent)

CHELSEA have been left frustrated after Edinson Cavani passed his medical ahead of his proposed switch to PSG. (The Express)

STEVEN GERRARD has signed a new two-year deal at Liverpool — just as SunSport told you he would. Anfield legend Gerro, 33, has been in talks with the club all summer and has finally put pen to paper. (The Sun)

Arsene Wenger has moved to reassure agitated Arsenal supporters that the club are pressing ahead with plans to secure a ‘spectacular’ signing. The Gunners have so far fired blanks in their attempts to land a world class name this summer, despite numerous public declarations that the club can now compete financially with Europe’s big hitters. (Daily Mail)

England have named an unchanged squad for the second Ashes Test at Lord’s after wrapping up victory in the first on Sunday. Alastair Cook’s team hung on yesterday for a famous 14-run win in a titanic first Test at Trent Bridge, and the selectors this morning confirmed the same 13 to pick from when the second starts at HQ on Thursday. (The Mirror)

Sir Dave Brailsford has offered to turn over all Team Sky’s performance data to the World Anti-Doping Agency for it to make an independent assessment of whether the squad’s riders are drug-free. (The Guardian)

Accused Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell is battling to salvage his career by blaming his positive drug test for the stimulant oxilofrine on a range of new nutritional supplements prescribed to him by a physiotherapist he has only been working with for two months. (The Telegraph)

Tyson Gay has been dropped by his major sponsor, Adidas, and Asafa Powell’s hotel has been raided by Italian police as the fallout from athletics’ doping scandal gathers pace. (The Times)