Why £21m Barca star snubbed Man Utd
A round-up of today’s transfer gossip and football stories from around the newspapers.
Former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba has warned Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho a player could die if he tries to stop a doctor going on the pitch.
Manchester United have suffered another blow as Southampton have ruled out selling Senegal striker Sadio Mane, 23.
Barcelona star Pedro turned his back on a move to Manchester United after reportedly being warned about Louis van Gaal’s brutal style of management at Old Trafford.
Telephone conversations with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and midfielder Cesc Fabregas persuaded Barcelona forward Pedro, 28, to snub long-standing interest from Manchester United and move instead to Stamford Bridge in a deal that will be worth £21.2m.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, 25, is expected back at Anfield this weekend after a successful rehabilitation process in the United States following hip surgery and could make his first-team comeback at Manchester United on 12 September.
Wolfsburg will sell Kevin De Bruyne, 24, to Manchester City if the club meet their asking price of £57m for the Belgian midfielder.
David Sullivan, West Ham United’s co-owner, says a deal had been agreed to sign Cameroon midfielder Alex Song, 27, from Barcelona if the player can pass a medical.
Sunderland have been made the odds-on favourites for relegation – by their own shirt sponsor Dafabet.