Juventus Targets Chelsea Defender David Luiz, Mirror Says: Soccer Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with links to the Web.

Juventus Wants Luiz

Juventus is set to bid 15 million pounds ($23.4 million) for Chelsea defender David Luiz, about 9 million pounds less than the Blues paid for the Brazilian in January, the Mirror reported.

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas plans to sell several players in next month’s transfer window and to acquire a new midfielder, the newspaper said.

Juventus also wants to sign center-back Alex from Chelsea for about 2 million pounds, the Mirror added.

McEachran Loan

Chelsea will allow midfielder Josh McEachran to join Bolton on loan to smooth negotiations over a January move for Trotters center-back Gary Cahill, according to the Sun.

The Blues face competition from Tottenham for Cahill, who is out of contract at the end of the season, the newspaper said.

Tevez Negotiations

AC Milan is prepared to pay all of Carlos Tevez’s 200,000 pounds-a-week wages to facilitate a loan move for the Manchester City striker, the Mirror said.

Milan wants to take Tevez on loan until the end of the season and then negotiate a fee for a permanent deal, the newspaper reported. City want a guarantee the Rossoneri will buy the Argentine, the Mirror said.

‘Croatian Messi’

Man. City officials yesterday held talks with the representatives of 17-year-old Mateo Kovacic, dubbed the ‘Croatian Lionel Messi,’ the Sun reported.

The Dinamo Zagreb midfielder is also wanted by Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United, the newspaper said.

Blackburn Sales

Blackburn will try to sell fringe players including Vince Grella, Keith Andrews and Michel Salgado to give manager Steve Kean more funds to make new signings, the Mirror reported.

The trio earn a combined 100,000 pounds a week, the newspaper said.

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