From the back pages, June 6: United step up Ronaldo bid

From the back pages
From the back pages

MANCHESTER UNITED have stepped up their efforts to make Cristiano Ronaldo the signing of the summer. The Red Devils are convinced they can take advantage of uncertainty at Real Madrid to bring him back home to Old Trafford. (The Sun)

The Lions fly to Brisbane today under the darkest of clouds after Cian Healy, the Ireland prop forward, was cited last night for allegedly biting an opponent in the second match of their tour in Australia. (The Times)

They spent some 20 months scrapping, plotting and preparing for a trip to Israel but now they have one game to ensure their efforts do not go to waste. England’s Under 21s conceded their first goal for 889 minutes in Tel Aviv last night but the ramifications of the free-kick Lorenzo Insigne bent past Jack Butland are enormous; this 1-0 defeat by Italy means their hopes of progressing in Euro 2013 hang by a thread. (Daily Mail)

Roberto Martínez said his aim was to take Everton into the Champions League after being unveiled as the club’s new manager this afternoon. The Spaniard has signed a four-year contract to become Everton’s 14th permanent manager in 135 years. (Guardian)

Fernandinho has arrived at Manchester City for a medical this afternoon ahead of a move from Shakhtar Donetsk. (The Mirror)

CHELSEA manager Jose Mourinho is eyeing up PSG marksman Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a potential striking target. (Express)

Rafa Nadal’s transformation into claycourt machine was complete on Wednesday as the seven-times champion bulldozed into the French Open semi-finals with a 6-2 6-3 6-1 crushing of Swiss ninth seed Stanislas Wawrinka. (Independent)