Chelsea Rejects City’s $47. 7 Million Luiz Bid: Soccer Roundup

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

Luiz Bid Rejected

Chelsea rejected a 30 million-pound ($47.7 million) bid from Manchester City for defender David Luiz, the Sun reported.

Luiz, who was omitted from last night’s 4-2 win against Reading while the clubs tried to work out a deal, is still part of manager Roberto Di Matteo’s plans and City will need to significantly up its offer to sign him, the Sun added.

Final Offer

Tottenham Hotspur is preparing a final 20 million-pound bid for Brazil striker Leandro Damiao after having had numerous offers rebuffed by Internacional, the Daily Mail reported.

“Internacional are fortunate enough to be in a position where they do not need to negotiate unless it’s an extraordinary offer for the club,” the Mail cited Giovanni Luigi, the Brazilian club’s president, as saying.

Cazorla’s Counsel

Arsenal is set to offer 12 million pounds for Sevilla winger Jesus Navas, who was recommended to manager Arsene Wenger by new signing Santi Cazorla, the Daily Express reported.

Navas, 26, has played 26 times for world champion Spain and helped the national team retain its European Championship title this year, the newspaper said.

Dempsey Fund

Liverpool owner John Henry is willing to sanction the sale of midfielders Charlie Adam and Jay Spearing to fund a bid for Fulham’s U.S. international forward Clint Dempsey, the Daily Mirror reported.

Adam is being offered to Fulham in part-exchange for Dempsey and is valued at 5 million pounds in the deal, although the Scotland international is reluctant to move to London, the Mirror said. Spearing will be valued at about 3 million pounds, the newspaper added.

Loan Liberty

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said he would “have to be a nutcase” to consider Newcastle’s offers to take Andy Carroll on a one-year loan deal or a permanent transfer for 12 million pounds, the Daily Telegraph reported.

“There is no way they will do a number on us,” the newspaper cited Rodgers as saying. “Newcastle got 35 million pounds for this player last year. To even consider wanting to take him on loan is a liberty.”

Mexican Standoff

Manchester United is ready to match Liverpool’s 10 million-pound offer for Pachuca midfielder Hector Herrera, who helped Mexico win the gold medal at the London Olympics soccer tournament, the Sun reported.

“Manchester United and Liverpool have talked to us,” the Sun cited Andres Fassi, Pachuca’s sporting director, as saying. “We want him to continue with Pachuca. But when he decides to leave, the club will give him the opportunity to do so.”

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