From the Back Pages, July 12: Liverpool agree deal to sell Luis Suarez to Barcelona

From the back pages
From the back pages

LUIS SUAREZ is set to officially become a Barcelona player after Liverpool reached an agreement with the Spaniards on his sale. (The Express)

Boss Brendan Rodgers claimed no-one is bigger than Liverpool, after selling shamed striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona for £75million. (The Mirror)

Manchester United are continuing to monitor Angel Di Maria’s situation at Real Madrid. The Argentina winger is on the Barclays Premier League club’s radar although there has been no contact with Real or the player. (The Tiimes)

Arsenal are baulking at the total cost of a swoop for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira. Having landed marquee signing Alexis Sanchez, the Gunners will now turn their attentions to signing a holding defensive midfielder. (Daily Mail)

At the previous World Cup finals in South Africa, Lionel Messi was subject to the kind of pre-match warm-up routine that no one on the current Argentina staff would dare suggest to him now. Messi would stand still while the ball was deliberately struck past him, too quickly for him to be able to react, and he was obliged to scurry off, retrieve it and pass it back to the man who had devised the exercise. (The Independent)

First with the bat and now with the ball, the Indian seamers have put their country in a strong position to be able to force a win in the first Test should they prove sufficiently bold at this early stage of the series. The match, which had seemed dead in the water as Sam Robson and Gary Ballance, with a half-century apiece, chiselled out an unspectacular but efficient unbroken century partnership during the morning – 125 to be precise – was turned on its head quite spectacularly during the middle session, which saw six wickets fall for the further addition of 74 runs, including one processional spell of three for five in 10 balls when the England batsmen performed their well rehearsed impression of a Chuckle brothers deckchair. (The Guardian)

Tour de France 2014: Matteo Trentin edges out Peter Sagan in photo-finish to win stage seven. (The Telegraph)