Real Madrid Prepares $60 Million Bid for Suarez: Soccer Roundup

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

Suarez Options

Real Madrid is ready to offer Liverpool 40 million pounds ($60 million) for striker Luis Suarez after the Reds rejected Arsenal’s 30 million-pound bid, the Sun reported.

“My agent is in charge, he knows what I want,” the Sun cited Suarez as saying. “It is good to know I am valued by teams like Arsenal. Now there are two or three options and the club knows.”

Benteke Favors Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur will have to break its transfer record for the second time this offseason to sign Christian Benteke from Aston Villa, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Villa isn’t interested in any player swaps as part of a trade and will demand a cash-only deal, meaning Spurs will have to spend more than the 17 million pounds it paid to sign Paulinho from Corinthians of Brazil, the newspaper added.

With Chelsea also interested in Benteke, the Belgian striker favors a move to Tottenham because he would be a guaranteed starter in a season that leads into the 2014 World Cup, the Daily Mail reported.

Laudrup Loyalty

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, who was linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco in the offseason, said he rejected offers from other teams to stay at the Welsh club, the Daily Express reported.

“Yes, there were clubs that wanted me -- a couple of big ones as well -- but I wanted to stay,” the Express cited Laudrup as saying.

Nani to Russia?

Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala want to sign Manchester United winger Nani, who is yet to receive assurances over his future from new manager David Moyes, the Daily Mirror reported.

Nani, who will miss United’s pre-season tour of Asia and Australia because of injury, may follow former Red Devils coach Rene Muelensteen to Anzhi in a 12 million-pound deal, the newspaper added.

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