PSG Wants to Sign Rooney, Nani for $61 Million: Soccer Roundup

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

Double Swoop

Paris Saint-Germain is convinced it will sign Wayne Rooney for 25 million pounds ($38.2 million) in the offseason and also wants to acquire his Manchester United teammate Nani, the Sun reported.

England striker Rooney is PSG’s top transfer target and the French league leader is set to offer 15 million pounds for Portuguese winger Nani, who hasn’t extended an existing deal that expires after next season, the newspaper added.

Staying Put

Rooney, 27, doesn’t want to leave United and will begin negotiations over a contract that will keep him at the club until his early 30s, the Daily Telegraph reported.

While United would consider selling Rooney should a suitable offer be made, he sees his future with the Premier League leader, the newspaper added.

Gomez Alternative

Chelsea and Manchester City are tracking Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez as an alternative if bids for Napoli’s Edinson Cavani fail, the Daily Mail reported.

With Bayern willing to listen to offers for Gomez, the club that misses out on Cavani could turn its attention to the 27 year-old Germany striker, the Mail added.

Spurs Left-Back

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has instructed his scouts to find a left-back, raising doubts over the future of Benoit Assou-Ekotto, the Daily Mirror reported.

Assou-Ekotto, a 29-year-old Cameroon international, is trying to line up a move to a club in France, the newspaper said. Villas-Boas has been checking on the availability of Inter Milan’s Alvaro Pereira, who he worked with during Porto’s treble-winning season, the Mirror added.

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