From the Back Pages August 26: Mourinho’s plea about Wayne Rooney - ‘let him go’

From the back pages
From the back pages

JOSE MOURINHO last night stepped up his pursuit of Wayne Rooney with a “let him go” plea to Manchester United.

From the Back PagesAfter confirming that Chelsea will lodge a third bid, believed to be £40million for him, Mourinho said: “We make the bid and they say no again, what do we lose? One email? “I don’t understand why United want to hang onto an unhappy player rather than sell him to a rival.” Daily Express

CHELSEA have confirmed that Willian’s £30million transfer has been agreed and the player will join Stamford Bridge subject to a work permit hearing on Wednesday. The 25-year-old appeared to be on the verge of a move to Tottenham last week, but opted for the Blues after the club expressed interest. Daily Mirror

GARETH BALE will be greeted by a 50,000 Bernabeu crowd this week when he finally completes his move to Real Madrid. But whether it ends up being a world record fee depends on Spurs – who have received TWO offers from the Spanish giants for the Welshman. Real are willing to pay £78m in one lump sum or £85m in instalments, with only £20m of that up front and the rest paid over the next three years. Daily Star

MIKE Tyson has shocked the world by saying that he is on the verge of dying from alcohol and drug abuse after years of lying about being sober. The former heavyweight champion made the startling revelation while at a press conference to promote ESPN’s Friday Night Fights at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York on Friday. ‘I’m a bad guy sometimes,’ he said. ‘I did a lot of bad things, and I want to be forgiven... I wanna change my life, I wanna live a different life now. I wanna live my sober life. ‘I don’t wanna die. I’m on the verge of dying, because I’m a vicious alcoholic.’ Daily Mail