From the back pages, May 24: Moyes eyes Barca starlet Thiago

From the back pages
From the back pages

DAVID MOYES is weighing up a £15million bid for Barcelona midfielder Thiago. The new Manchester United boss sees the Spanish international, 22, as a possible replacement for the retired Paul Scholes. (The Sun)

Rio Ferdinand has spoken of his delight at signing a one-year contract extension with Manchester United. Ferdinand, who was out of contract this summer, penned the 12-month deal that will see him play under new United boss David Moyes. (The Mirror)

Jose Mourinho will get the all-clear to manage Chelsea on his return to the Premier League. The Real Madrid boss, who is leaving this summer, received a two-match ban from the Spanish FA after he was sent off as his team lost the Copa del Rey to city rivals Atletico on Friday night. But fears that Mourinho would have to start his comeback in the stands have been dismissed. (Daily Mail)

The absence of Mario Gotze is a loss to the Champions League final - but Borussia Dortmund can cope without him. (The Independent)

UEFA are set to announce tomorrow a significant change to the allocation of Champions League spots. From 2015, the Europa League winners will qualify automatically for the Champions League. Uefa are keen to avoid a repeat of the scenario when Spurs, who finished fourth last season, missed out on Europe’s elite competition at the expense of Chelsea, who clinched the Champions League having finished sixth in the Premier League. (The Express)

Everyone predicted the Mercedes drivers would be quick and they were. Nico Rosberg dominated practice for the Monaco Grand Prix yesterday and, significantly, showed Lewis Hamilton how it was done again. (The Times)

Golf’s wish to move on from the racism storm that has engulfed Sergio García and tainted the sport has been spectacularly undermined by the chief executive of the European Tour referring to black people as “coloured” in a live television interview. (The Guardian)