The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Valencia President Amadeo Salvo said any club interested in signing Soldado must meet the 25 million-pound ($38.1 million) release clause in his contract by that date or the player won’t be sold, the newspaper added.
Spurs are ready to make a club-record bid of 18 million pounds for Soldado this week, the Daily Express reported.
Ronaldo Going Nowhere
“I don’t think there is a chance that he will leave,” the Sun cited Ancelotti as saying of Ronaldo after Real’s 6-0 exhibition match win at Bournemouth last night. “He’s our most important player and his future is here.”
Second Rooney Bid
The Blues feel they can acquire Rooney for about 30 million pounds and United has no option but to sell before the transfer window closes on Sept. 2, the newspaper added.
Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain is stalling on a 30 million-pound move to Napoli because he wants to see if Arsenal will raise its offer for him, the Sun reported.
The Gunners, who believed they had agreed on a 23 million-pound deal with Real, are unwilling to be drawn into a bidding war for a player with whom they already agreed on personal terms, the newspaper said.
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