From the Back Pages, July 18: Everton reject £20m Chelsea bid for England defender John Stones

From the back pages
From the back pages

EVERTON have insisted that England defender John Stones is not for sale after Chelsea launched a £20m bid for the youngster. (The Express)

Fabian Delph, the England midfield player, is expected to complete his £8 million transfer to Manchester City just five days after pulling out of a move to the Etihad Stadium and pledging his future to Aston Villa. (The Times)

Brazilian youngster Kenedy was among a 24-man group of Chelsea players training in Montreal on Friday as Jose Mourinho continued his double sessions in a bid to get his side up to speed with their Barclays Premier League rivals. Chelsea started their preparations for the new campaign well after most of their expected challengers were back in business but the Portuguese coach has tasked his players with hitting the ground running when they kick off against Swansea City next month. Friday’s first session saw Kenedy added to the first-team group with his club Fluminese giving the 19-year-old permission to join up with the champions ahead of an imminent £6.3million move to Stamford Bridge. (Daily Mail)

Ashes 2015: England’s top order are now worse than Bangladesh’s: Alastair Cook’s men must look at themselves, not at the Lord’s pitch after another collapse against Australia. (The Telegraph)

The temptation to ask Andy Murray to back-up in the doubles on Saturday with his brother, Jamie, could prove irresistible for the team captain, Leon Smith, after Great Britain’s best player – in either discipline – squared the Davis Cup quarter-final against France on day one at Queen’s Club in London. (The Guardian)

Chris Froome expects another “crazy” day on the Tour de France after he survived blistering 100-degree temperatures to maintain his lead in the Yellow Jersey. (The Mirror)

England’s Ashes series lead is in jeopardy after Steve Smith’s maiden double century, and a rush of early wickets for Australia’s pace attack, put the tourists in control at Lord’s. (The Independent)

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