From the Back Pages, June 28: New £35.4m bid lodged as Real Madrid start to accept that they have lost the battle for Spain defender

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Real Madrid have accepted that they may be losing the battle to keep defender Sergio Ramos, with Manchester United’s determination to sign him showing no sign of weakening. (The Independent)

Southampton are pushing Manchester United to complete the signing of Morgan Schneiderlin this week as they do not want to miss out on their first‑choice replacements for the midfielder. (The Telegraph)

Ron Vlaar admits his Aston Villa future is still undecided as Manchester United join clubs interested in the Holland defender. (Daily Mail)

ANDY MURRAY goes into Wimbledon next week declaring that biggest rival Novak Djokovic left his invincibility in Paris after the French Open. (The Express)

As Sky prepare to announce their nine-man team of riders for the Tour de France on Monday, Chris Froome has identified the squad’s “British core” as a major positive in his attempt to win the race for the second time in three years. (The Guardian)

Kumar Sangakkara has announced that he is set to retire from Test cricket following the second Test against India in August. (The Mirror)

On the eve of a World Cup quarter-final, Marieanne Spacey found herself reminiscing fondly about the bad old days for women’s football in England — about having to train on Clapham Common, the players putting the nets up themselves, and seeing their game administered by a small but dedicated group of volunteers, her father among them. (The Times)

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