From the Back Pages, August 8: Manchester United ‘agree’ £182,000-a-week deal with Vidal

From the back pages
From the back pages

Arturo Vidal’s move to Manchester United could be back in the offing after reports claimed his agent has negotiated a deal worth an incredible £182,000-a-week for Vidal to play at Old Trafford this season. (The Independent)

LIVERPOOL have enquired about Monaco’s Radamel Falcao, but do not expect to be able to secure the services of the Colombian striker. (The Express)

Stuart Pearce reckons he saved Manchester City from going bust. Nottingham Forest boss Pearce claims the now megabucks Blues were on the brink of bankruptcy during his time as their manager, and only the £21million sale of Shaun Wright-Phillips to Chelsea in 2005 saved them from going under. (The Mirror)

Celtic could be handed a sensational Champions League reprieve after Uefa launched an investigation into the eligibility of one of Legia Warsaw’s players during their 6-1 aggregate win over the Scottish champions. (The Guardian)

Representatives from Barcelona are in London in the hope of thrashing out a deal for Thomas Vermaelen as they face a straight with Manchester United to sign the defender. (Daily Mail)

England will aim to take firm control of the Test series against India after a devastating performance from their pace bowlers on the first day of the fourth Test at Emirates Old Trafford. Stuart Broad took six wickets and James Anderson three as India were dismissed for 152, with six batsmen falling for nought, equalling the world record, before England’s batsmen reached 113 for three. (The Times)

Paul McGinley, Europe’s Ryder Cup captain, asked him for form so Lee Westwood gave him some. At 41 years of age, the Englishman shot a 65 in the first round of the USPGA, at Valhalla, equalling his lowest-ever score in a major, and sent himself to the top of the leaderboard and, who knows, perhaps all the way to Gleneagles in the process. (The Telegraph)