Barcelona May Offer $48 Million for Chelsea’s Luiz: Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.

Barca Bid

Barcelona may bid as much as 30 million pounds ($48 million) for Chelsea defender David Luiz, the Daily Mirror reported.

Brazil’s Luiz joined the west London club for 24 million pounds from Benfica in January 2011. With competition from the likes of John Terry, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic, Luiz isn’t guaranteed a starting spot on the Chelsea team, the paper said.

QPR Chasing Cesar

Queens Park Rangers is in talks with Inter Milan regarding goalkeeper Julio Cesar, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Cesar, 32, has played for Brazil 64 times since making his international debut in 2003. QPR opened the Premier League season last weekend with a 5-0 home loss to Swansea with Robert Green in goal.

Oviedo Fight

West Bromwich Albion and Everton are both in the race to sign Copenhagen left-back Bryan Oviedo, the Daily Mail reported.

Costa Rica’s Oviedo, 22, will be able to leave for around 3 million pounds, the paper said.

Pay Cut

Portuguese winger Nani has dropped his pay demands in an attempt to stay at Manchester United, the Sun reported.

Nani, who has two years left on a deal paying 90,000 pounds a week, had initially been looking to boost that to 130,000 pounds a week.

His representatives are now offering to keep his basic salary, plus around 30,000 pounds for each appearance after the club turned down their demands, the paper said.

Phone Ban

Aston Villa coach Paul Lambert has banned the use of mobile phones and laptops at the club’s training base, the Daily Mail reported.

“If you train the way you play, then I don’t have a problem with it,” the paper quoted Lambert as saying. “But iPhones and iPads are a distraction. I’m here to win football matches not to play on a phone or a computer.”

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