Barcelona Plans $103 Million Bid for Torres, Daily Mirror Says: Roundup
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web:
Barca Wants Torres
New Barca president Sandro Rossell has a close relationship with Torres and is determined to bring him to the Nou Camp “at all cost,” the Mirror said. That could affect the club’s effort to add Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas as it may struggle to sign both players, the newspaper said.
Chelsea and Manchester City are also interested in Torres, the Mirror said.
Ferguson wants the 25-year-old in case he loses Nemanja Vidic, who has been linked with a move to rival Manchester City, the Sun said.
Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez was reluctant to sell the midfielder to the Blues for less than 10 million pounds and had a 7.5 million offer from CSKA Moscow, the Mail said. Benayoun didn’t want to relocate to Russia and has provisionally agreed to a four-year contract with the Premier League champion, the newspaper said.
The three are up for sale as Liverpool continues its search for a manager, the Times said. The futures of captain Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and Javier Mascherano are also in doubt after the Reds missed out on next season’s Champions League.
Hart to Hull?
Hull is turning to Hart because it’s unable to buy out Dave Jones’s 750,000 pounds-per-year contract at Cardiff and match his salary because of debt problems, the Mirror said.