The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Set on Suarez
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will test Liverpool’s resolve to keep Luis Suarez with an improved bid of 35 million pounds ($53 million) for the Uruguay striker, the Guardian reported.
The Gunners, who have an agreement in principle with Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain, have contacted Liverpool to indicate their readiness to pay 30 million pounds for Suarez and were told that the figure was too low, the newspaper added.
Wenger hasn’t pushed through the deal to sign Higuain because he believes Suarez would be a better buy, the Sun reported.
Gerrard’s New Contract
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard agreed to a new two-year contract and will sign the deal before the club embarks on its pre-season tour of Asia and Australia this week, the Daily Telegraph reported.
The 33-year-old Gerrard, who has entered the final year of his agreement, has been in talks with Liverpool officials since the end of last season, the newspaper added.
City Targets Strikers
Manchester City is closing in on deals totaling more than 40 million pounds to acquire Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo and Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic, the Sun reported.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini wants to have both players signed by the end of this month as the club tries to replace Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli, the newspaper added.
Keen on Fabregas
Manchester United renewed its interest in Cesc Fabregas, having lost out to Bayern Munich in the fight to sign his Barcelona teammate Thiago Alcantara, the Independent reported.
Barcelona said yesterday that Bayern agreed to pay 25 million euros ($32.6 million) for Thiago, 22, and there has been an acceptance at United that Fabregas is the type of player the club needs as it enters a new era under manager David Moyes, the newspaper added.