The top stories making Wednesday’s back pages in the UK…
The Sun: Everton are making plans to sell John Stones — despite denials he is set to leave.
Also: Louis van Gaal has been linked with some of the best goalscorers in world football this summer. But he believes the answer to Manchester United’s lack of goals lies closer to home — in the shape of Marouane Fellaini.
And: Enner Valencia has blasted West Ham, claiming they have FORGOTTEN he is injured.
Daily Mirror: Arsene Wenger is on red alert for a stunning move for Edinson Cavani.
Also: Louis van Gaal believes he is building a Manchester United squad capable of winning the Champions League.
Daily Star: Louis van Gaal claims he can turn Manchester United into kings of Europe again.
Also: Everton defender John Stones looks set to land his Chelsea move after handing in a formal transfer request yesterday.
Daily Mail: Dick Advocaat’s future as Sunderland boss is in serious doubt after he took a swipe at owner Ellis Short and revealed he is not happy at the Stadium of Light.
Metro: Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has dampened talk of a striker arriving at Old Trafford in the remainder of the transfer window by suggesting he plans to use Marouane Fellaini as a forward this season.
Also: Louis van Gaal believes Manchester United’s blend of youth and experience can guide the Red Devils to Champions League glory come May.
And: Tottenham Hotspur are putting the final touches on their third official bid for West Brom striker Saido Berahino.
Daily Telegraph: Bayern Munich have entered the race to sign Manchester City target Kevin De Bruyne by offering Wolfsburg the prospect of keeping the midfielder until next summer.
Also: Pedro has claimed that he turned down offers from Manchester City as well as Manchester United to join Chelsea and confirmed that a combination of Jose Mourinho, Cesc Fabregas and the London location of the Premier League champions were pivotal to his decision.
And: Arsenal will travel to Tottenham in the third round of this season’s Capital One Cup.
The Times: Chelsea are preparing to make an improved offer in the region of £35 million for John Stones after the England defender submitted an official transfer request to Everton yesterday.
Also: There was more than a ring of truth to Louis van Gaal’s statement but it was still quite an admission coming from the manager of Manchester United, a club with a longstanding reputation for a more cavalier brand of attacking football. United, Van Gaal suggested, were better when they did not have the ball.
The Guardian: Arsène Wenger rejected Gary Neville’s stinging criticism that his inability to sign “players of power” to propel an Arsenal title challenge over the last decade was born of arrogance but tempered that by admitting his side’s start to the season has been distinctly average.
Also: Dick Advocaat’s growing discontent with life at Sunderland is reaching the stage where it would be no surprise if he decided to resign.
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