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Pedro to Man Utd? Rahman to Chelsea FC? Bender to Tottenham? Saturday’s back pages


The top stories making Saturday’s back pages in the UK…

The Sun: Pep Guardiola has opened the door for a stunning £100m managerial move to Manchester City.

Also: Tottenham have been told they must fork out £14MILLION to land Lyon star Clinton N’Jie — even if the French club claims that is a lie.

And: Gianfranco Zola reckons Mario Balotelli must quit Liverpool and find refuge in Qatar to revive his ailing career.Daily Mirror: Barcelona’s club president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has revealed the club are yet to receive an offer from Manchester United for Pedro.

Also: Tottenham are ready to make a move for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Sven Bender.Daily Star: John Terry is backing Radamel Falcao to become a Chelsea superstar, insisting the Colombian needed just two minutes to show he could make it at Stamford Bridge.

Also: Jose Mourinho says Arsene Wenger only has himself to blame for failing to come up with a way to beat him.

And: Branislav Ivanovic believes Chelsea can deliver a hammer blow to Arsenal’s Premier League title hopes in tomorrow’s Community Shield showpiece at Wembley.Daily Mail: Aston Villa have made an approach to West Bromwich Albion to sign Joleon Lescott, with an offer of £1million for the former England defender understood to have been discussed.

Also: Newcastle supporters have reacted with anger to the decision to switch their trip to Bournemouth to a lunchtime kick-off on a Saturday.Daily Express: Dimitar Berbatov has seemingly moved a step closer to joining Aston Villa after the former Spurs, Manchester United and Fulham striker cut short his holiday to finalise a deal in Birmingham on Monday.Metro: Louis van Gaal has revealed the strain that David De Gea’s protracted transfer to Real Madrid is having on Manchester United’s preparations for the upcoming Premier League season.

Also: Jose Mourinho has revealed he thought Chelsea captain John Terry was ‘finished’ at the club before returning to Stamford Bridge two seasons ago.

And: Augsburg full-back Baba Rahman would be completing a ‘dream move’ if he transfers to Chelsea, according to his agent.The Times: Brendan Rodgers expects Christian Benteke to prove “a bargain” for Liverpool despite the £32.5 million it cost to sign the forward from Aston Villa.

Also: Manchester United’s impending move for Pedro, the Barcelona forward, will have a direct impact on the future of Javier Hernández, according to Sport, the Spanish newspaper.

And: José Mourinho, the Chelsea manager, insists that he will give Radamel Falcao as much time as he needs to rediscover the predatory instincts that once made him the most feared forward in the world after two years struggling with injury and form.The Guardian: Duncan Ferguson has praised Wayne Rooney for braving a return to Goodison Park and revealed how one right-hander from the then teenage Everton striker brought their sparring days to an abrupt end.


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Ian Horne
Ian goes back to the very early days of CrunchSports, having been tirelessly covering soccer for us for over 10 years.

Ian goes back to the very early days of CrunchSports, having been tirelessly covering soccer for us for over 10 years.

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