From the Back Pages, June 12: Manchester United launch whopping £56m bid for PSG striker Edinson Cavani

Manchester United have made a £56million bid for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, according to reports in Italy. (Daily Mail)

Wednesday, 11th June 2014, 10:17 pm
From the back pages

WAYNE ROONEY believes that England are now a better side than Italy because of the injection of youth they’ve had in the last two years. (The Express)

The groundsman responsible for the pitch at the Manaus stadium which will host England’s clash with Italy on Saturday admitted the playing surface is in “bad shape” and would not be much better when the game takes place. (The Telegraph)

Danny Welbeck missed England’s training session in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, heightening concerns over his fitness for the World Cup opener against Italy. (The Independent)

Xabi Alonso has admitted he is considering retiring from international football after the World Cup, writes David McDonnell in Salvador. (The Mirror)

Fifa has voted down attempts to consider age and term limits for its executives, in a move that could allow Sepp Blatter to continue as president indefinitely. The referendum required a simple majority to take the proposals forward to next year’s Fifa Congress, where they would have needed the backing of 75% of members to be adopted. (The Guardian)

Gary Ballance will be entrusted with the No 3 batting slot relinquished by Jonathan Trott for tomorrow’s opening Investec Test against Sri Lanka at Lord’s. (The Times)