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The top stories making Friday’s back pages in the UK…
The Sun: West Ham are on the brink of landing Atletico Madrid striker Raul Jimenez for £10million. Also: Mario Balotelli’s Liverpool career is effectively over after he was left out of TWO squads by boss Brendan Rodgers. And: Louis van Gaal has told Phil Jones and Chris Smalling they are in a straight fight for one Manchester United place.
Daily Mirror: Manchester United have joined the chase for Everton defender John Stones. Also: Glenn Murray is ready to quit Crystal Palace with Bournemouth ready to snap him up.
Daily Star: Ashley Young is set to hold showdown talks with Manchester United bosses about his Old Trafford future. Also: Joel Campbell is on his way out of Arsenal as Palermo close in on his signature.
Daily Mail: Chelsea captain John Terry is adamant Radamel Falcao can be a success at Stamford Bridge. Also: Didier Drogba has been officially unveiled as a Montreal Impact signing and says he was urged by Chelsea players to make the move – as well as Alessandro Nesta.
Daily Express: Angel Di Maria is finally on his way to Paris St-Germain for £44m – but Manchester United will dock him £360,000 for his no-show on their US tour.
Metro: Manchester United are favourites to land Barcelona’s Pedro. Also: Real Madrid are ready to accept Liverpool’s new offer for Asier Illarramendi, according to reports. And: Arsenal are set to make a £35million bid for Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich, according to reports.
Daily Telegraph: David Moyes is talking about the tolerance level needed to be a football manager. “You have to take your poison,” he explains. “So whatever poison it is you will have a different level. I had a very good level at Everton. Some clubs you go to you have to take a bigger dose of it.” Also: Chelsea have attempted to smooth their bid to sign John Stones by holding talks with Everton about how the two clubs can avoid any more mud-slinging over the central defender. And: Sunderland striker Connor Wickham is set to sign for Crystal Palace after the London club agreed a fee of more than £8m for the England Under-21 international.
The Guardian: John Terry has said it took him only 120 seconds to decide his new Chelsea team-mate Radamel Falcao could succeed in the Premier League. Also: Richard Scudamore, the Premier League chief executive, has ruled out moving fixtures to give clubs more time to prepare for Champions League games.
The Independent: Mario Balotelli has been told he has no future with Liverpool and the striker is training away from the first-team squad along with Fabio Borini and Jose Enrique, whom the club are also looking to offload this summer.
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