From the back pages, May 27: Neymar signs for Barcelona

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BARCELONA have landed £20million Brazil star Neymar on a five-year deal. The striker is heading to Europe after Santos finally agreed to sell South American football’s hottest property. (The Sun)

MANCHESTER UNITED are planning a shock £25million move to bring Barcelona midfield star Cesc Fabregas back to the Premier League. (The Express)

Real Madrid are ready to test Tottenham’s resolve with a £60million bid for Gareth Bale. The Spanish giants have been tracking Bale for over a year and new coach Carlo Ancelotti is a big fan of the winger. (Daily Mail)

There was a brief tantalising period, as Steve Finn rumbled up the hill from the Football Stand End and bowled with pace and venom, and Graeme Swann spun the ball wickedly out of the rough created by the New Zealand left‑arm seamers, when it looked as if we might get a two‑day finish. The New Zealand innings, which had started strongly against Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad, the destroyers at Lord’s, was in tatters, shredded by the two men who didn’t even get a second-innings bowl last week. As the innings plummeted from 54 without loss to 122 for nine, still 232 adrift of England, a follow-on, with the mark reduced from a 200-run deficit to 150 on account of the first day washout, seemed inevitable, what these days is known as a no-brainer. (Guardian)

Carl Froch produced yet another night to remember as he served up a thrilling performance to defeat Mikkel Kessler in a 12-round war at The O2 Arena in London. The Nottingham man unified Kessler’s WBA super-middleweight crowd with his own IBF title, taking the victory by unanimous decision, with the judges scoring the contest 116-112, 115-113 and 118-110. (Mirror)

Nico Rosberg led from lights to flag to take victory in the Monaco Grand Prix 30 years after his father Keke emerged triumphant around the streets of the principality. (The Independent)

Mark Cavendish has become only the fifth rider to win the points classification in all three of the Grands Tours after he sprinted to victory in Brescia to take the red jersey in the Giro d’Italia. (The Times)