The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Liverpool is ready to make Joe Allen its second off-season signing by triggering a 15 million-pound ($23.2 million) release clause in the Swansea midfielder’s contract, the Sun reported.
Allen, 22, has an agreement that allows him to leave if Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United or Manchester City meet that valuation, the newspaper added.
Reuniting with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, his former coach at Swansea, is Allen’s intention even though clubs outside the five stipulated in his contract could bid less to secure his signature, the Daily Telegraph reported.
The anomaly has made Liverpool officials push for a cheaper arrangement, the newspaper added.
Arsenal agreed on a fee of 16 million pounds with Malaga for Spanish winger Santi Cazorla, who has accepted the Gunners’ personal terms, the Daily Mail reported.
The 27-year-old Cazorla, who can operate on either flank, may be a potential replacement for Theo Walcott, who has less than a year to run on his contract, the Mail added.
Luka Modric’s attempt to try to force a move to Real Madrid has been complicated by Paris Saint-Germain’s willingness to meet Tottenham Hotspur’s 40 million-pound asking price, the Guardian reported.
Although Modric doesn’t want to join PSG, the French club’s readiness to pay the sum has hardened Spurs’ conviction to hold out for its full valuation of the Croatian playmaker, the newspaper added.
Spurs made fresh inquiries about signing either Shakhtar Donetsk’s Willian or Moussa Dembele of Fulham as they prepare to sell Modric to Madrid, the Telegraph reported.
Fulham wants 15 million pounds for Belgian international Dembele, while Shakhtar has set a price of 25 million euros ($30.1 million) for Brazilian attacking midfielder Willian, the newspaper said.
One More Offer
Manchester United is considering whether to make a final offer for Brazilian midfielder Lucas Moura or risk the deal collapsing, the Mail reported.
United is wary of being manipulated by the player’s club Sao Paulo and his agent, Wagner Ribeiro, who said yesterday that the transfer is off because United won’t increase its bid of 29 million pounds, the newspaper added.