Man. United Want Klopp to Replace Ferguson, Mirror Says: Roundup

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

Klopp Coming?

Manchester United wants Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp to take over the team when Alex Ferguson retires, the Daily Mirror said.

While Ferguson has not announced plans to leave, United’s owners have been impressed by Klopp’s trip to the Champions League final this season as well as his two German titles, the newspaper said.

Ferguson, who led United to its 20th league title this season, approves of the 45-year-old and believes Klopp would use him if the Scotsman stayed on in a consultant’s role, the Mirror said.

Higuain Available?

Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City are considering moves for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, who the Spanish club will allow to leave after the season, the Daily Mail said.

Spurs had an offer for the player rejected last year, and Real’s general manager, Jose Angel Sanchez, said his club will bring in two new strikers and let the Argentine to leave, the newspaper said.

Arsenal Alert

Arsenal is looking at Lyon midfielder Max Gonalons as a holding midfielder to replace the injured Abou Diaby, the Sun said.

The 24-year-old, who is valued at 10 million pounds ($15.5 million) has three years left on his contract in France, and the London team is scouting him this weekend, the newspaper said. Gonalons has been with Lyon his entire career and is very consistent, the Sun said. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has 70 million pounds to spend this season, the newspaper said.

Bale In

Tottenham winger Gareth Bale told the club that he will stay in north London whether or not Spurs qualify for the Champions League, the Daily Star said.

Bale signed a four-year contract last year and has told manager Andre Villas-Boas that he plans to stay next season, the newspaper said. He’s been linked to Real Madrid and Manchester City.

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