From the back pages, August 3: Zlatan Ibrahimovic ‘born’ to play for Manchester United, says Peter Schmeichel

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Sweden star Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be perfect for Manchester United, reckons former Old Trafford goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel.Towering Dane Schmeichel believes fellow Scandinavian Zlatan was “born to play” for United - and could be the new Eric Cantona. (The Mirror)

Arsène Wenger believes that Real Madrid’s world record move for Gareth Bale stands to make a mockery of the incoming financial fair play regulations as he pointed out that Arsenal’s continuing pursuit of Luis Suárez was driven by self-generated funds. (The Guardian)

Arsenal’s pursuit of Luis Suarez is set to continue although manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that negotiations would remain “amicable”. (The Independent)

Newcastle edged closer to breaking their summer transfer duck and making their first major signing by agreeing a fee with Lyon for striker Bafetimbi Gomis. The two clubs have been wrangling over a deal for the past week but it is understood it has been agreed Newcastle will pay £6.9million up front with the fee possibly rising to £8.7m depending on clauses in his contract. They have also agreed a contract with the player. (Daily Mail)

AUSTRALIA will be looking to make more inroads into England’s top order tomorrow after Peter Siddle struck on the second day at Old Trafford. (The Express)

David Warner bookended the most eagerly awaited innings in the Ashes series by making what is probably a little piece of cricketing history. He contrived to be booed to the middle by one group of supporters, then booed all the way back by the other. (The Times)

Fernando Alonso is not tempted to quit Ferrari and join Red Bull, according to Flavio Briatore, the head of his management team. (The Telegraph)