From the Back Pages, July 7: Manchester United ready to make play for Arturo Vidal

Manchester United are ready to test Juventus’ resolve with an opening bid for midfielder Arturo Vidal. (Daily Mail)

Sunday, 6th July 2014, 10:31 pm
From the back pages

Brazilian star Neymar feared he was paralysed after suffering his World Cup-ending injury, according to manager Luiz Felipe Scolari. (The Mirror)

It was an unusual gamble and Louis van Gaal declared himself both proud and relieved that it came off after his change of goalkeepers earned the Netherlands a penalty shoot-out success over Costa Rica in their World Cup semi-final in Salvador. (The Independent)

NOVAK DJOKOVIC ended his wait for a Grand Slam after triumphing to win his second Wimbledon title. (The Express)

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is winner of the British Grand Prix 2014 at Silverstone from sixth on the grid after Nico Rosberg is forced to retire halfway through the race. (The Express)

If there were any doubts over whether Vincenzo Nibali will prove a force to be reckoned with in this Tour de France, they were dispelled in the streets between the foot of the descent from Jenkin Road, the final climb of a sumptuous and brutal 201km stage, and the finish outside the Motorpoint arena. Nibali’s perfectly timed solo attack 1.8km from the finish won him the stage by the slender margin of two seconds and put him in the race lead, the first Italian to wear the maillot jaune in almost five years. (The Guardian)

Mark Cavendish has admitted his “devastation” that will take no further part in this year’s Tour de France after dislocating his shoulder in a heavy fall in the final metres of yesterday’s opening stage in Harrogate. (The Times)