The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers with clickable Internet links.
Real Madrid has the desire and finances to sign Tottenham’s Gareth Bale in the offseason, the Daily Telegraph reported, citing the Spanish club’s former president Ramon Calderon.
Spurs wouldn’t listen to offers below 50 million pounds ($75.5 million) for the Wales winger, who is also being closely monitored by Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Manchester City, the newspaper added.
“There is always a limit but Real Madrid is in a very healthy situation, economically speaking, so it would be in the position to sign him,” the Telegraph cited Calderon as saying.
Real is prepared to pay Spurs 30 million pounds up front for Bale with a further 10 million pounds over the following four years, the Daily Star reported.
According to the terms of the four-year contract Bale signed in June, Real is among a select group of clubs he’d be allowed to talk to if they show interest, the newspaper added.
PSG Wants Rooney
Paris Saint-Germain is giving serious consideration to making a bid for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney at the end of this season, the Times of London reported.
It’s not clear what the French league leader is prepared to offer for the 27-year-old Rooney, who will enter the final two years of his United contract in June, the Times said.
Everton faces a fight to keep midfielder Marouane Fellaini after Real Madrid, Chelsea and both Manchester clubs expressed an interest in signing the Belgian, the Daily Mail reported.
Fellaini is aware of the attention and is interested in possibilities away from Everton, which usually sells one valuable player each offseason to boost its financial situation, the Mail added.
Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe could make a surprise return in the north London derby against Arsenal on March 3, the Sun reported.
Defoe, who’s scored 14 goals for Spurs this season, resumed training this week after injuring his ankle Feb. 3 playing against West Bromwich Albion, the newspaper added.