From the back pages, August 5: Barcelona ‘have money to spend’ on Man City’s Vincent Kompany or Chelsea’s David Luiz

From the back pages
From the back pages

BARCELONA are prepared to splash the cash as they look to bolster their defence with Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany and Chelsea centre-back David Luiz on their radar. (The Express)

Didier Drogba just can’t help himself. For so long Arsenal’s tormentor in chief during his days in a Chelsea shirt, the 35-year-old today returned to score a brace that won the Emirates Cup for Galatasaray. (Daily Mail)

Wayne Rooney will ask Manchester United for a transfer this week. Sunday Mirror Sport understands that talk of Rooney’s future has ­dominated the Old Trafford dressing room during pre-season and that many of his United team-mates are expecting the 27-year-old striker to now make his wish to leave the club ­official in the coming days. (The Mirror)

André Villas-Boas has criticised Carlo Ancelotti after the Real Madrid coach went public with the Spanish giants’ desire to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur. (The Times)

Manchester United have accepted defeat in their attempts to sign Cesc Fabregas, according to Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta. (The Times)

Ashes 2013: Australia’s David Warner accuses England over time-wasting. (The Guardian)

England appeared to move a step closer to retaining the Ashes after bad light ended day four of the third Investec Test against Australia prematurely. (The Independent)