From the back pages, July 5: Chelsea agree deal for Dutch starlet

From the back pages
From the back pages

JOSE MOURINHO has swooped for Dutch starlet Marco van Ginkel. Chelsea confirmed this morning that a fee, believed to be around £8million, has been agreed with Vitesse Arnhem for the highly-rated midfielder. (The Sun)

Sabine Lisicki, conqueror of Serena Williams, came back from 3-0 down in the final set to pull off an astonishing victory against the odds over Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 2-6, 9-7. (The Independent)

Marion Bartoli into her second SW19 final after straight-sets victory over Kirsten Flipkens. (The Telegraph)

ARSENAL appear ready to clinch a deal for Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain this evening. The Argentine was spotted by Spanish television at Madrid airport with his luggage as he appeared to be jetting off to London. (The Express)

Ryan Giggs has joined David Moyes’ coaching staff at Manchester United as player-coach. Giggs, 39, has signed a contract to continue playing next season and will combine this role with coaching at the club, as Mirror Sport revealed last month. (The Mirror)

Formula One has been threatened with a boycott of this weekend’s German Grand Prix. The shock message has come from the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association, and in the wake of Sunday’s scenes at the British Grand Prix where a number of blowouts overshadowed the race. Tyre supplier Pirelli has quickly responded, introducing a two-fold plan to address the crisis that took place at Silverstone. (Daily Mail)

Jonathan Davies is the unwitting victim of the fallout from Warren Gatland’s decision to drop Brian O’Driscoll for the decisive international against Australia. But on arriving in Sydney yesterday, the Wales centre said that he did not feel under any additional pressure, only that generated by the immensity of the biggest game of his life tomorrow. (The Times)

It was a day for cool minds not hot heads, for intricate planning not just muscular wham-bam-slam. For a first Tour de France stage win in 2013 for André Greipel, not another quick tear-up of the road and record books for Mark Cavendish. (The Guardian)