The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Tottenham has hinted it’s prepared to sell Luka Modric by bidding 12.3 million pounds ($19.6 million) for Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero, the Daily Mail reported.
Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy says Modric won’t join Chelsea, but the bid for Granero raises doubts over that stance as he’s seen as a “ready-made replacement” for the Croat, the Mail added.
Mourinho wants to sign the Manchester City striker after the Brazilian team made a 37 million-pound offer this week, the newspaper added.
Blackburn is set to sign Mariano Pavone, who was at River Plate on loan from Real Betis last season, the Sun reported.
In June, the 29-year-old Argentine striker had a penalty saved in a match that saw the club relegated from his country’s top division for the first time.
Wilshere said loyalty in football is a measure of whether someone is “a real man,” the Telegraph added.
Near and Far
Chelsea’s pre-season tour, which includes Malaysia and Thailand, will clock up more than 19,000 miles, the most of any Premier League club, the Independent said. Newcomer Swansea will travel just 19 miles, with matches at Neath and Port Talbot.