The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is willing to offer Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao a contract worth 10 million pounds ($16 million) a year to join the London club, the Daily Mail reported.
The Colombian is Chelsea’s top transfer target and Abramovich is prepared to make him the club’s top earner with a deal worth 200,000 pounds a week that would eclipse Fernando Torres’s 175,000 pounds-a-week salary, the newspaper said.
Chelsea has emerged as the surprise favorite to sign Arsenal’s Theo Walcott because the forward wouldn’t have to move away from London, the Sun reported.
The Blues have sent a scout to watch Walcott, who has refused to sign a new contract at Arsenal worth 80,000 pounds a week, and plan to use him in a central attacking role, the newspaper added.
Borussia Dortmund paved the way for Manchester United to make a move for Robert Lewandowski at the end of the season after the German club’s chief executive officer said “economical factors” will decide the Polish striker’s future, the Daily Telegraph reported.
United is likely to face competition from Inter Milan and Arsenal for Lewandowski, who has rebuffed Dortmund’s attempts to extend his current contract and is said to be keen to follow former teammate Shinji Kagawa to United, the newspaper added.
United is battling with Arsenal to sign PSV Eindhoven midfielder Kevin Strootman, who’s rated at 17 million pounds, the Sun reported.
AC Milan, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are also tracking Strootman, 22, who could move in the January transfer window, the newspaper added.
Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov said former Gunners striker Thierry Henry should join the club’s coaching staff rather than returning as a player on a short-term loan from the New York Red Bulls next month, the Daily Mirror reported.
“Thierry should be involved at the club but not as a player,” the newspaper cited Usmanov as saying. “He has another role to play, a more important role.”