Liverpool Offer $6 Million for Lisbon’s Ilori: Roundup

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

Liverpool Chasing Portuguese Star

Liverpool has put a 4 million pounds ($6 million) bid in for Sporting Lisbon center-half Tiago Ilori to replace Jamie Carragher, the Daily Mirror reported.

The six-foot-three Ilori, a former striker who was born in London, also plays for Portugal’s Under-20 team.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is also interested in signing FC Twente’s Brazilian defender Douglas.

Chelsea Close to Lampard Deal

Chelsea is close to agreeing on a new deal for Frank Lampard, the Evening Standard reported.

Lampard’s current agreement with the London side ends this summer. The 35-year-old, the club’s top scorer with 203 goals, has made it clear he’d like to stay at Chelsea.

A new deal may be signed soon, with a “significant reduction” of Lampard’s current weekly wages of 150,000 pounds, the paper said.

Schmeichel to Premier League?

Kasper Schmeichel, the son of former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, may follow in his father’s footsteps and play in the Premier League next season.

The Leicester goalkeeper is wanted by Hull, West Ham and Swansea, the paper reported. Hull may have the edge because manager Steve Bruce is an old teammate of Peter Schmeichel.

Arsenal’s Sagna Hints at Departure

Arsenal player Bacary Sagna may leave for Paris Saint-Germain or Monaco this summer, the Sun reported.

The 30-year-old right-back from France told French newspaper Le 10 Sport that it made him “proud” to read PSG were interested in signing him and that he hadn’t made up his mind about whether he’d stay at Arsenal or not after this season.

“I don’t close any door to PSG, Monaco or Arsenal,” he said.

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