The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Manchester United joined Chelsea and Manchester City in the race to sign Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao and is ready to offer Javier Hernandez in a player-plus-cash deal, the Daily Mail reported.
United values Hernandez at 20 million pounds ($30.6 million) and will also offer Atletico 27 million pounds in cash to meet the 47 million-pound buyout clause in Falcao’s contract, the newspaper added.
United’s interest in Falcao places Wayne Rooney’s future with the Premier League leader in fresh doubt, the Daily Mirror reported.
Paris Saint-Germain is ready to offer 30 million pounds for the England striker, the newspaper added. Although United manager Alex Ferguson has said Rooney isn’t for sale, a large bid could see him leave, the Mirror said.
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck gave the clearest indication that the club is open to the prospect of Jose Mourinho returning as the team’s next permanent manager, the Telegraph reported.
“I’m completely open-minded,” the Sun cited Buck as saying about the possibility of Chelsea re-hiring former coaches. “We all have some ideas, and certainly Roman Abramovich is thinking about it. I think the real search for a manager will begin once the season ends in the middle of May.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is prepared to “spend big” in the offseason to end the team’s eight-year trophy drought, the Sun reported, citing former Gunners vice-chairman David Dein.
“The fact is he has to strengthen the team and I know he will do that,” Dein, who the Sun said is Wenger’s closest friend within soccer, was cited as saying. “He knows what he wants and it’s just a question of identifying the right talent.”