From the Back Pages, September 16: Manchester United and Chelsea in fight for Everton teen star Ross Barkley

From the back pages
From the back pages

MANCHESTER UNITED and Chelsea are ready to fight it out in an attempt to land Everton’s £20million-rated teenager Ross Barkley. (The Express)

Cristiano Ronaldo has put pen to paper on a new mega five-year deal at Real Madrid worth £76million (over €90m) making him the world’s best-paid footballer and says he wants to end his career in Madrid. (Daily Mail)

Jussi Jaaskelainen pulled off a string of fine saves as West Ham held Southampton to a goalless draw in difficult conditions at St Mary’s. (The Independent)

Andy Murray believes that he can lead Great Britain to a period of global prosperity, backed by a generation of improving young players who have been inspired by his historic exploits at Wimbledon this summer. (The Times)

Kenenisa Bekele held off a late charge from Mo Farah to win a thrilling Great North Run on Sunday. The Ethiopian, running his first competitive half marathon, made the break with a mile to go on the course across Newcastle and South Shields and looked to be heading for a comfortable win. (The Mirror)

After finishing on the heels of Mark Cavendish twice at the Giro d’Italia the Italian Elia Viviani outwitted the Manxman and his lead-out train at the first-stage finish of the Tour of Britain to take the first race leader’s jersey at Drumlanrig Castle in south-west Scotland. With impeccable timing Viviani left his effort until the final 100 metres, where he swept past the Austrian Gerhard Ciolek, winner of the Milan-San Remo Classic in March. (The Guardian)

Roberto Soldado has been impressed by Christian Eriksen’s rapid adaptation to English football. (The Telegraph)