Chelsea Plans Bid for Real Madrid’s De Maria, Sun Says: Roundup

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

Chelsea’s Bid

Chelsea may take advantage of a contract dispute between Angel Di Maria and Real Madrid to make a 35 million-pounds ($56 million) offer for the Argentina national team forward, the Sun reported.

Di Maria rejected a 70,000-pounds-a-week offer from the Spanish league leader and is looking to get 80,000 pounds and double his current pay, the Sun said.

Blues Raid

Three former Chelsea managers are plotting moves to sign some of the team’s current talent, the Mirror reported.

Anzhi Makhachkala coach Guus Hiddink wants to take Fernando Torres to Russia, Paris Saint-Germain’s Carlo Ancelotti wants to be reunited with defender Ashley Cole and Real Madrid, which is coached by Jose Mourinho, is keen to bring in Raul Meireles, the newspaper said.

Rodgers Targeted

Tottenham is targeting Swansea’s Brendan Rodgers as the replacement should Harry Redknapp quit to become England’s head coach, the Sun reported.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is also considering Everton’s David Moyes but prefers the style of soccer Rodgers has his Swansea team playing, the Sun said.

Modric for City?

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will make Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric one of his top transfer targets during the offseason, the Daily Mail reported.

Chelsea failed to buy the Croatian last summer as Spurs chairman Daniel Levy rejected a series of offers.


Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill is pondering offers for Gabriel Agbonlahor and Richard Dunne from former club Aston Villa, the Mirror reported.

Agbonlahor may be sold as Villa tries to raise funds and O’Neill could pay 7 million pounds for the forward, the Mirror said. Dunne, who O’Neill signed from Manchester City, is entering the closing stages of his career and the Sunderland manager is monitoring the defender’s contractual situation, the newspaper added.