From the Back Pages, July 4: Arda Turan to Manchester United: Atletico Madrid midfielder offered mammoth contract but is holding out for a move to Chelsea

From the back pages
From the back pages

Arda Turan has been offered a mammoth contract by Manchester United after Barcelona failed to make a bid for him, but the Atletico Madrid midfielder is believed to be holding out for a move to Chelsea as he nears a Premier League switch. (The Independent)

Serena Williams is the tigress of the sporting world. Vicious, pitiless, occasionally unpredictable but never more dangerous than when she is cornered and forced to fight for he life. And Heather Watson, of Britain, produced the performance of her career to examine every ounce of the world No 1 powers of survival. (The Times)

Chelsea have signed Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan deal from Monaco, with Blues youngster Mario Pasalic moving in the opposite direction as part of the agreement. The Colombian striker will link up with Jose Mourinho’s side for a second shot at the Barclays Premier League after his disastrous season at Manchester United in which he scored just four goals in 26 Premier League games. ‘I am very happy to be joining Chelsea and can’t wait to start training and help with our aim of retaining the league title and being successful in Europe,’ Falcao said. (Daily Mail)

NICK KYRGIOS marched into the fourth round and Wimbledon and warned the rest of the field he fears no one. (The Express)

David de Gea is expected back in training on Monday to start his pre-season with Manchester United. The goalkeeper is due to take his place on the summer tour when the club fly to Seattle on 13 July unless his mooted move to Real Madrid occurs before then. (The Guardian)

David Warner has spoken about his infamous punch on Joe Root in a Birmingham nightclub in 2013, and has revealed the attack was provoked by his perception that the England batsman was ‘insulting Muslims’. (The Mirror)

Success was never likely to go to the unmistakable head of Dustin Brown. When you have travelled around the European lower-level circuit in a Volkswagen campervan surviving on a diet of pasta and complimentary sandwiches for four years it is going to provide a certain perspective on life that will not be shifted now the 30-year-old is the new darling of SW19. (The Telegraph)

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