The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Manchester United is preparing a 50 million-pound ($77.1-million) bid for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, the Daily Mirror reported.
United faces competition from Real Madrid and Chelsea to sign the Uruguay forward, who has a release clause of 54 million pounds in his contract, the newspaper added.
Chelsea and Napoli have agreed on a 58 million-euro ($76-million) deal for Cavani, the Daily Mail reported, citing the Italian club’s official radio station Radio Marte.
The Premier League club will pay Cavani about 8.5 million euros a season plus image rights and Napoli will announce the move once it’s secured a replacement for the striker, the Mail cited Radio Marte as saying. Paris Saint-Germain is also interested in signing Cavani, the Mail added.
‘Suits My Style’
Tottenham Hotspur is said to have agreed on a 17 million-pound deal with Corinthians to sign Brazilian midfielder Paulinho and the player is keen on the move, the Sun reported.
“Tottenham have a reputation as one of the great clubs in England, who play exciting, attacking football which suits my style,” the Sun cited Paulinho as saying. “I couldn’t turn them down if they made me an offer. It would be a fantastic opportunity.”
Manuel Pellegrini was dealt a blow on his first day as Manchester City manager as Malaga midfielder Isco signaled his intention to join Real Madrid, the Guardian reported.
Should Real sign Isco, Pellegrini is said to be content with the midfield options already in his squad and won’t seek an alternative to the 21-year-old, the newspaper added.