From the back pages, July 17: Wayne Rooney ‘angry and confused’ over treatment by Manchester United

From the back pages
From the back pages

Wayne Rooney has cleared the way for a £25 million transfer to Chelsea by revealing his relationship with Manchester United is on the verge of complete breakdown. (The Telegraph)

EDINSON CAVANI has left Napoli for PSG in a mega-money deal. The cash-rich French outfit have beaten Premier League big boys Chelsea and Manchester City to the signing of the Uruguayan hitman, who has penned a five-year deal. (The Sun)

Australia’s captain, Michael Clarke, was forced to deny that there is a split in the dressing room before the start of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s on Thursday after allegations contained in legal documents lodged by the side’s former coach Mickey Arthur. Arthur is suing Cricket Australia over his dismissal 16 days before the start of the series and reports said that the South African alleged he was caught in the middle of a bitter feud between Clarke and the former vice-captain Shane Watson in the documents filed in Sydney. (The Guardian)

Four more days of this and Chris Froome will be able to roll into Paris wearing yellow. Yet, although his lead and his superiority tell you Froome already has it won, Alberto Contador does not seem like a man settling for a place alongside him on the podium. Yesterday’s stage into Gap suggested that he will be sniping away at the Briton all the way to the French capital. (The Times)

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy’s transfer-market tactics have come under fire after a swipe from David Villa. Spain striker Villa - Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas’ top target - left the north Londoners stunned last week when he completed a move from Barcelona to La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid... after agreeing to go to White Hart Lane. (The Mirror)

New Bayern Munich signing Thiago Alcantara has revealed Pep Guardiola was his inspiration to sign for the Champions League holders ahead of Manchester United after completing a £22million move to the German club. (Daily Mail)

MANCHESTER UNITED are to try and entice Ezequiel Garay away from Benfica by offering him a staggering £6m annual salary. (The Express)

Gus Poyet today accused Brighton and Hove Albion of a lack of “respect” and denied their claim that he knew he was to be sacked by the club while he was live on air as a BBC pundit last month, after the Championship club stood by their decision to dismiss the Uruguayan. (The Independent)