The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Bolt Wants Trial
Usain Bolt, who retained his Olympic 100-meter title two days ago, said he fancies the chance of a try out with Manchester United and considers himself a good enough player to make the 19-time English champion’s squad, the Sun reported.
“People think I am joking, but if Alex Ferguson called me up and said, ‘OK let’s do this, come and have a trial’, it would be impossible for me to say no,” the Sun cited Bolt, 25, as saying. “I would not take up the challenge if I didn’t think I was good enough. I am a very accomplished player and know I could make a difference.”
Manchester United has been outbid by Paris Saint-Germain in its attempt to sign Brazilian midfielder Lucas Moura from Sao Paulo, the Daily Mail reported.
Moura’s representatives are said to be ready to agree on a 35 million-pound ($54.5 million) deal with the French club, the Mail added. Sao Paulo had been poised to accept United’s offer of 30 million pounds, the newspaper said.
Liverpool told Manchester City that defender Daniel Agger will cost at least 22 million pounds after the Premier League champion made an inquiry about the Denmark international, the Guardian reported.
City values Agger, who has two years remaining on his Liverpool contract, at about 18 million pounds, though is yet to submit a formal offer, the newspaper added.
Cazorla Joins Camp
Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla was granted permission to join Arsenal at its pre-season training camp in Germany even though his proposed 20 million-pound transfer from Malaga is yet to be completed, the Daily Mirror reported.
Cazorla, 27, is set to move for a basic fee of 16 million pounds plus add-ons and could make his Arsenal debut against Cologne on Aug. 12, the newspaper added.
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup plans to speak with Liverpool target Joe Allen tomorrow to discuss whether the 22-year-old midfielder wants to stay with the Welsh club, the Daily Express reported.
“On Wednesday he will be back in training with the other two guys who have been at the Olympics and then we will have some talks,” the Express cited Laudrup as saying.