PSG Willing to Pay $60 Million for Wayne Rooney: Soccer Roundup

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

$60 Million Man

Paris Saint-Germain is willing to pay Manchester United as much as 40 million pounds ($60.1 million) to sign Wayne Rooney and give him a salary of 15 million pounds a year after tax, the Daily Mirror reported.

The French champion has made Rooney its No. 1 off-season target and will offer the England forward a four-year contract that would put him on the same wages as Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, its top-scorer this season, the newspaper added.

Moyes Considers Thiago

Incoming Manchester United manager David Moyes is considering a 15 million-pound bid for Barcelona’s Thiago Alcantara, the Sun reported.

Moyes sees the 22-year-old Spanish international midfielder as a possible replacement for the retired Paul Scholes, the newspaper added. Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City are also monitoring the player, the Sun said.

18 Million-Pound Loss?

Aston Villa faces an 18 million-pound loss on its record signing Darren Bent, who has been told by manager Paul Lambert that he can leave the club, the Daily Telegraph reported.

The value of striker Bent, who joined Villa from Sunderland for 24 million pounds in January 2011, has decreased rapidly because of his limited playing time this season and Villa’s chances of recouping any more than 6 million pounds appear remote, the Telegraph said.

Open to Offers

Arsenal will listen to offers of 5 million pounds for club captain Thomas Vermaelen, the Sun reported.

The Belgian defender, whom Arsenal signed from Ajax for 10 million pounds four years ago, has lost his starting place to Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny and the Gunners are also keen to sign Swansea’s Ashley Williams, the newspaper added.

Spurs Target Strikers

Tottenham is renewing its efforts to sign Brazilian forward Leandro Damiao from Internacional and is seeking to pair him with Valencia striker Roberto Soldado, the Guardian reported.

Midfielders Scott Parker and Tom Huddlestone, as well as striker Emmanuel Adebayor, are among the senior Spurs players available for transfer, the newspaper added.