From the Back Pages, June 26: Manchester City sign Fernando from Porto for £12million, according to reports

Manchester City have completed the £12m signing of Brazilian defensive midfielder Fernando from Porto. (Daily Mail)

Wednesday, 25th June 2014, 9:59 pm
From the back pages

England return from World Cup 2014: Just 25 days after leaving for Miami, England squad return to the UK without a single fan in sight to welcome them home. (The Independent)

MANCHESTER UNITED, Chelsea and Liverpool will miss out on Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin this summer, Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez is set to sign for the Anfield club, Manchester City have signed Porto’s Fernando, and Javier Hernandez is ready to join Arsenal or Tottenham. (The Express)

This is a great World Cup and it has a great soundtrack. To the tune of Bad Moon Rising, Nigeria and Argentina scored five more goals when they did not really need to score any. There were two each for Ahmed Musa and for Lionel Messi, the latter becoming the tournament’s joint top scorer alongside Brazil’s Neymar. Both teams progressed and these finals will be a better place for their presence. They could have played out a draw, ambled their way to a flat and mutually beneficial conclusion, but instead there were two goals after just three minutes. Three more were to follow. (The Guardian)

Luis Suarez was under armed guard in Brazil today following his latest biting shame, reports David McDonnell in Brazil. Military police patrolled Uruguay’s team hotel in Brazil today in the aftermath of Suarez’s latest biting controversy at the World Cup. (The Mirror)

Luis Suárez’s lawyer claimed this afternoon that the controversial striker is a victim of a European conspiracy theory in a seemingly futile attempt to deflect blame from the biting incident that has cast a pall over the World Cup. (The Times)

Murray destroys Rola to reach third round: Defending champion thrashes Blaz Rola 6-1, 6-1, 6-0 in an hour and 24 minutes to progress at Wimbledon. (The Telegraph)