From the back pages, June 4: Everton agree deal for Mártinez

From the back pages
From the back pages

Everton are close to confirming the appointment of Roberto Martínez as their new manager having agreed a compensation fee of almost £2m with Wigan Athletic. (The Guardian)

The thought of playing alongside Lionel Messi has Neymar feeling like “one of the luckiest men in the world” after the Brazilian committed five years of his career to Barcelona. The 21-year-old striker flew to Barcelona this morning to sign a five-year contract with the Catalan giants, with 57million euros (£48,600,000) going to Santos nine days after a preliminary agreement between the clubs was made public. (The Mirror)

Jose Mourinho described Chelsea as his ‘passion’ after he signed a four-year deal to become manager of the west London club for the second time. (Daily Mail)

JESUS NAVAS has edged closer to joining Manchester City, with his club Sevilla accepting he will move this summer. (The Sun)

England’s Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce has admitted that he cannot be certain Wilfried Zaha, the squad’s most gifted player, will be fit to play in the opening European Championship group match against Italy in Tel Aviv on Wednesday. Manchester United’s new signing sat out the first training session after only a brief warm-up. (The Independent)

CHELSEA look set to be scuppered in their bid to sign Mario Gomez. (The Express)

As expected it was all change for the Lions today as Warren Gatland unveiled a side to play Western Force containing none of the XV who started in the 59-8 defeat of the Barbarians in Hong Kong. Six players who came off the bench in last Saturday’s sauna-like conditions will make their full debuts in a game in which Brian O’Driscoll, the captain for the match, insisted the Lions needed to demonstrate ‘ruthlessness’. (The Times)