From the Back Pages, July 20: Chelsea will make one more summer signing...but manager Jose Mourinho says it won’t be Barcelona star Pedro

From the back pages
From the back pages

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed he will look to strengthen his squad with one further addition this summer, but the Portuguese ruled the reigning Premier League champions out of the race to sign Barcelona’s Pedro. (Daily Mail)

The England selectors meet on Tuesday morning and look poised to react to the drubbing at Lord’s by making changes to the top of the batting order, after a horrible collapse on a flat pitch handed Australia a crushing victory in the second Investec Ashes Test. Gary Ballance looks most vulnerable to losing his place after a poor match at Lord’s that has left him with just one score of more than fifty in 16 innings for both England and Yorkshire since the Grenada Test in April. (The Telegraph)

CHRISTIAN BENTEKE will undergo a medical in the next 48 hours after Liverpool sealed an agreement with Aston Villa on his £32.5m transfer. (The Express)

Alastair Cook blasted his team’s Lord’s performance as “unacceptable” as they surrendered their Ashes lead with a 405-run thrashing. (The Mirror)

This was nothing less than a calamitous day for England, the resurgent optimism that came with their win in Cardiff blown into smithereens by Australia. They were utterly relentless from the 78-run partnership that opened the second Test on Thursdayto the final wicket taken by Josh Hazlewood 40 minutes after tea on the fourth day. (The Guardian)

Top-level sport is habitually a survival of the fittest and Andy Murray once more proved his immense powers of resilience and determination to push Great Britain through to the Davis Cup semi-finals for the first time in 34 years. (The Times)

Jordan Spieth’s bid for the third leg of an unprecedented calendar grand slam remained firmly on track after a breathless third round of the 144th OpenChampionship. (The Independent)

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