The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Jose Mourinho is ready to make a return to England with former club Chelsea, the Sun said.
Mourinho will quit at Real Madrid this summer and is keen to resume his old job at Stamford Bridge, the Sun said. The only stumbling block to a move will be his insistence that owner Roman Abramovich give him total control of team matters, the newspaper said.
Mourinho won six trophies in three years at Chelsea but failed to reach Abramovich’s goal of a Champions League crown.
Carlos Tevez’s agent is pursuing the possibility of a deal involving a Russian club in order to get him playing before the summer, the Daily Mirror said.
The Russian transfer window doesn’t close until Feb. 24 and FC Anzhi would be prepared to pay Tevez’s salary of more than 250,000 pounds ($396,000) per week but may balk at Manchester City’s asking price of about 20 million pounds, the Mirror said.
Real wants to sign a marquee striker and is willing to part with whatever it takes to lure Aguero, who has 18 goals this season, the Mail said. Chelsea had a previous 33 million bid accepted for Higuain but the player rejected the move, the newspaper said.
The Serie A leader sees Suarez as a replacement for Alessandro del Piero, who will leave in the summer, the Star said. Liverpool fears Suarez, currently banned for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra, may have to leave after the season to rebuild his image, the newspaper said.
Eden Hazard wants to move to the Premier League this summer and will chose between Manchester City and Chelsea, the Mirror said.
The Lille forward has decided against Arsenal, while Manchester United is not ready to meet his more than 30 million- pound price tag, the Mirror said. Real Madrid is also still in the picture, but the Belgian thinks the English game suits his style of play best, the newspaper said.