From the back pages, August 24: Crafty Chelsea grab Willian from Tottenham Hotspur

If the transfer of Gareth Bale is the most protracted of the summer, Chelsea’s capture of Willian is the smash and grab of the decade. (The Times)

Friday, 23rd August 2013, 10:03 pm
From the back pages

Jack Wilshere has branded Arsene Wenger’s critics ‘ridiculous’ and warned he would have to reconsider his future at Arsenal if the Frenchman were to leave the club. (Daily Mail)

ARSENAL and Spurs appear to have been joined in the race by Atletico Madrid for Toby Alderweireld. (The Express)

Michael Clarke and Kevin Pietersen engaged in the most prolonged and visible on-field exchanges of the Ashes series as a soporific afternoon session sprung to life shortly before tea. (The Guardian)

England put the handbrake on Australia’s hopes with a dour but effective batting performance on the third day of the fifth and final Ashes Test. (The Mirror)

The radio station on which Australia coach Darren Lehmann launched a stinging attack against England’s Stuart Broad has offered to pay his £2,000 fine. (The Independent)