READ about this and find out what other top sport stories are making the headlines in our round up of the UK’s national newspapers today - Saturday, July 21, 2012.
THE SUN: Robin van Persie is caught up in a huge bidding war between Manchester United and Manchester City. Also: Bradley Wiggins moved a step nearer to an historic Tour de France victory and admitted: “This has been so humbling.”
DAILY MAIL: Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus have sparked a three-way bidding war for Arsenal striker Robin van Persie. Also: It is hard to believe anyone in the long history of the Open Championship has ever played 36 holes before without registering anything worse on his card than a four.
DAILY MIRROR: Luka Modric went missing yesterday in a desperate attempt to force through his move to Real Madrid. Also: Brandt Snedeker has put his single-shot lead at The Open down to spending every night in the pub.
DAILY EXPRESS: Mark Cavendish is in perfect form to kick-start a British medal rush at the Olympics next Saturday after a devastating sprinting show in the Tour de France. Also: Tiger Woods was last night in the centre of a swearing row after an audible expletive on the 11th tee led to angry remonstrations from supporters.
DAILY STAR: Manchester United must shell out £30m to land Robin van Persie. Also: Foul-mouthed Tiger Woods was at the centre of another ‘F word’ storm as he roared into the Open reckoning yesterday.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: After an opening day spent wiping the sleep from their eyes, South Africa got their game face on yesterday with a bowling performance truer to type and a batting effort as resolute as England’s had been before their wickets began to tumble. Also: Typical of Tiger Woods to steal the headlines off a history-maker. He holed a bunker shot on the 18th yesterday evening to set up this weekend perfectly.
THE TIMES: When Brandt Snedeker was asked how it felt to be leading the 141st Open Championship after 36 holes at Royal Lytham & St Annes, he said that he was “in shock”. The same could be said of the players giving chase. Also: Portsmouth’s crisis deepened last night when Michael Appleton, the manager, and his players were told that the club could fold within three weeks and redundancy talks commenced with every member of staff.
THE GUARDIAN: Robin van Persie will not travel with Arsenal on their tour of Asia, though Arsene Wenger is expected to cite fitness reasons for his absence rather than the captain’s potential transfer from the club and the related distraction. Also: Luka Modric did not report for Tottenham Hotspur’s final training session before their tour of the United States and there is doubt over whether he will board the team flight to Los Angeles that departs today.
THE INDEPENDENT: Mark Cavendish drew equal with all-time sprinting great Andre Darrigade’s total of 22 Tour stage wins in appropriately dramatic fashion, tearing past the remnants of a breakaway for one of the most spectacular victories of the Manxman’s career. Also: The Football Association’s youth development programme suffered a blow when Gareth Southgate left the organisation having decided the role of technical director was not for him.