The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Andre Villas-Boas will be appointed as Tottenham Hotspur’s new manager this week on a four-year contract worth 16 million pounds ($25 million), the Sun reported.
Villas-Boas, 34, won’t officially be named as Harry Redknapp’s replacement until after the players return to pre-season training today, the newspaper added.
Spurs may make CSKA Moscow’s Alan Dzagoev one of Villas-Boas’s first signings, the Daily Mail reported, citing the Russian national team player’s father.
“I don’t know if he will stay at CSKA,” the Mail cited Tariel Dzagoev as saying. “There are offers, from Spurs and other foreign clubs.”
Dzagoev, 22, who scored three goals at Euro 2012 playing as an advanced midfielder, is keen to test himself in a top European league and has also been tracked by Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid, the newspaper added.
Villas-Boas is planning a surprise move to sign Arsenal winger Theo Walcott, who has one year remaining on his contract with the Gunners, the Daily Express reported.
Paris Saint-Germain is set to bid 8 million pounds for Chelsea captain John Terry, the Daily Mirror reported.
PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti wants Terry to be the defensive linchpin for his team’s Champions League campaign this season and the French club can also match Terry’s current salary of 160,000 pounds a week, the newspaper added.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini talked down the chances of the Premier League champion bidding for Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, the Sun reported.
“He is an Arsenal player and I don’t want to disrespect Arsene Wenger,” the Sun cited Mancini as saying. “We have four strikers and we will start the pre-season in five days. It’s unlikely there will be major changes in such a short time.”
Newcastle agreed a fee of 5 million pounds with FC Twente for Brazilian defender Douglas, although the Dutch club is holding out for 15 million pounds from the Magpies for striker Luuk De Jong, the Express reported.