The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Change of Plans
Manchester United is preparing a 25 million-pound ($38 million) bid for Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric after realizing it’s unlikely to secure its original transfer targets, the Times said.
New manager David Moyes wanted a major signing such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale or Cesc Fabregas but has become frustrated after inquiries on all three fronts were rebuffed, the Times reported.
Levy changed his stance that Bale wasn’t for sale after the Welshman decided on Spurs’ preseason trip to Asia he wanted to move to Madrid, the Mail said. Levy will demand the money up front, with defender Fabio Coentrao or winger Angel di Maria being offered as part of the package, the newspaper said.
Luiz is not seeking a move, but if he were to be sold he’d prefer to leave England, the Telegraph said. Barcelona is his preferred choice, but he wouldn’t balk at Bayern, the newspaper added.
Willing to Wait
The deal hinges on the 40 million-pound clause in Suarez’s contract that his advisers are adamant allows him to leave Anfield, the Mirror said.
Drogba, 35, has a year left on his contract with Turkish club Galatasaray and Mourinho has hinted he’d love to reunite with the striker, who spent eight seasons at Chelsea, the Express said.
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