The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Arsenal Targets Korean
Arsenal is planning a move to sign Celtic’s Ki Sung Yeung after the South Korean midfielder impressed the club’s scouts the during the Asian team’s run to the Olympic Games semifinals, the Daily Mail reported.
The 23-year-old Ki, who scored South Korea’s decisive spot kick in its penalty shootout victory over Great Britain in the Olympic quarterfinals, would be available for about 9 million pounds ($14 million), the Mail added.
Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy will have talks with Real Madrid today about the future of midfielder Luka Modric, the Sun reported.
The Croatian playmaker wants to join the Spanish champion, which is refusing to match Levy’s asking price of 32 million pounds and won’t go above its final offer of 24 million pounds, the newspaper added.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez trebled his wages by signing a new four-year contract that brings him in line with the club’s top earners including captain Steven Gerrard, the Daily Mirror reported.
The Uruguayan forward lifted his salary to 120,000 pounds a week by committing his future to Anfield amid interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus, the Mirror added.
European champion Chelsea is closing in on signing Wigan striker Victor Moses for 9 million pounds and the deal may be completed before the Blues face Manchester City in the Community Shield season curtain-raiser on Aug. 12, the Sun reported.
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has told Moses he will have to stay at the club unless Chelsea meets owner Dave Whelan’s asking price of 10 million pounds, the Mail said.
Chelsea is also considering using Gael Kakuta as a makeweight in its bid to sign Marseille right-back Cesar Azpilicueta, the same paper reported.
Marseille, which values the Spanish defender at about 15 million pounds, is keen to explore the possibility of taking Kakuta back to France as part of the trade, the Mail added.