The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Arsenal is close to completing a club-record deal to sign Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, the Sun reported, citing the Argentine forward’s father.
“Nothing has yet been signed but I assure you the negotiations between the clubs are at an advanced stage,” the Sun cited Jorge Higuain as saying. “We won’t agree a contract before the clubs reach a transfer deal. I’m sure Arsenal made a big offer, and Juventus.”
Blanc Wants Luiz
Laurent Blanc will consider making an offer for Chelsea’s David Luiz when he takes over as Paris Saint-Germain coach, the Daily Mail reported.
Luiz is being considered by Blanc as a replacement for fellow Brazilian Alex, who wants to return to his homeland, the newspaper said. Blanc will replace Carlo Ancelotti as PSG coach as soon as today, the Mail added.
Poyet to Appeal
Gus Poyet plans to appeal his firing as manager of Brighton after hearing of the decision when he was handed a copy of the club’s statement by the British Broadcasting Corp., the Daily Telegraph reported.
“I have had no communication, no texts, no e-mail,” the Telegraph cited Poyet as saying. “I will appeal because it’s the right thing to do.”
Thiago Bid Boosted
Manchester United’s bid to sign Barcelona’s Thiago Alcantara was boosted because his father thinks he should join the Red Devils ahead of Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Chelsea, the Daily Mirror reported.
The midfielder’s younger brother, Rafinha, is also set to move to a Premier League club on a season-long loan from Barcelona and their family is now planning to relocate to the northwest of England, the newspaper added.