From the Back Pages, August 12: Liverpool hold shock talks with Samuel Eto’o

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Samuel Eto’o is the shock name on Brendan Rodgers’ hit list to solve Liverpool’s striker shortage. (The Mirror)

MANUEL PELLEGRINI last night justified Manchester City’s £32million investment in Eliaquim Mangala by claiming he will develop into one of Europe’s best defenders. (The Express)

Eliaquim Mangala joins Manchester City: Agent reportedly scoops £14.2m as Mangala becomes most expensive Premier League defender. (The Independent)

Daley Blind has said he would consider a move to Manchester United if Louis van Gaal were to make a bid, with the Ajax manager, Frank de Boer, admitting the utility player is for sale at the right price. (The Guardian)

Carlo Ancelotti has told Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United to forget about signing Sami Khedira. (Daily Mail)

Morgan Schneiderlin will be fined two weeks’ wages if he refuses to make himself available for Southampton against Liverpool on Sunday and has also been told to think about how his career could be affected by his decisions. (The Telegraph)

Rory McIlroy believes that he can strike fear into the United States team at the Ryder Cup next month and is ready to take on the responsibility of being Europe’s leader at Gleneagles. (The Times)