Paris Saint Germain Wants Tottenham’s Modric: Soccer Roundup

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

PSG Plans

Paris Saint Germain is prepared to spend as much as 30 million pounds ($47 million) to sign Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric, which would beat a bid by Manchester United, the Daily Mirror said.

PSG has made Modric its top priority, and watched him in Croatia’s first match at the European Championship, the newspaper said.

United’s 22 million-pound offer has been rejected, and Tottenham will try to keep the player after blocking him from joining Chelsea last season, the Mirror said.

Arsenal Strikers

Arsenal is leading the race to sign Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud, the Sun said.

The 25-year-old is valued at 10 million pounds, and scored 21 times in 36 games for the Ligue 1 winner last season, the newspaper said.

The north London club is asking Zenit St. Petersburg for 8 million pounds to sign forward Andrey Arshavin, the Daily Mail said.

The 31-year-old Russian may leave the Gunners after playing with Zenit on loan at the end of last season, the newspaper said.

United Prospect

Manchester United plans to sign Crewe Alexandra’s 18-year-old Nick Powell for as much as 4 million pounds, beating off interest from Everton, Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool, the Guardian said.

The midfielder dismissed concerns that he wouldn’t get many first team opportunities with United, the Guardian said.