From the Back Pages, August 5: Pedro to Manchester United latest: Pep Guardiola backs his Barcelona protege to shine at Old Trafford

From the back pages
From the back pages

There is no better judge of the Manchester United target Pedro than the man who plucked him from Barcelona’s B-team and made him an integral part of the side that won 14 trophies in four seasons, and last night Pep Guardiola backed the Spain winger to be a huge success at Old Trafford. (The Independent)

Newcastle’s £13million summer signing from Anderlecht was a prolific marksman in the Belgian league and does not care who he roughs up in his bid to score goals by the bucketload. (The Express)

Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard has been told he can leave on a free transfer. The 31-year-old has been a peripheral figure since signing from Aalesund in 2010 making just 29 appearances. Indeed, 13 of those came in 2012-13 season when David de Gea was struggling to adjust to life in the Premier League. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea transfer news: Everton fears grow over defender John Stones as bidding heads towards £30m mark. (The Telegraph)

Manchester City have agreed a £14m fee with AS Roma for Edin Dzeko, according to reports in Italy. The striker is understood to have already agreed personal terms with the Serie A club and will now travel to Italy to conclude a deal in the next 24 hours. (The Guardian)

Wolfsburg ARE ready to sell Manchester City target Kevin De Bruyne — but only for £50million. (The Mirror)

Sylvain Distin wants to live the dream with ‘beautiful’ Bournemouth. Drive into Bournemouth and you will pass a phalanx of retirement homes, but Sylvain Distin bristles at the notion that he has joined the Barclays Premier League’s smallest club as a precursor to pipe and slippers. “Ask the manager and the players, who’ve seen me in training, whether they think I’m here to retire or compete,” he said. (The Times)

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