The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Manchester United won’t sell Wayne Rooney, who was the subject of a bid from Chelsea this week, even if the striker submits an official transfer request, the Daily Mirror reported.
Rooney, who left the club’s pre-season tour of Asia and Australia with a hamstring injury, is said to be doing bicycle work at United’s training complex and may return in an Aug. 6 exhibition match in Sweden, the newspaper added.
United officials want to hold talks with Rooney and his agent Paul Stretford following confusion regarding comments made by manager David Moyes about the England forward’s status in the squad, the Independent reported.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been told he can spend 40 million pounds ($61 million) to try to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, the Daily Mail reported.
Such a bid would trigger a clause in Suarez’s contract that forces Liverpool to consider the offer, the Mail added.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said Suarez is worth more than 40 million pounds after his fellow Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani joined Paris Saint-Germain from Napoli for 55 million pounds this week, the Sun reported.
“Luis is up there in that bracket of top talent,” the Sun cited Rodgers as saying. “There’s no guarantee Luis would be sold even for that because we are trying to build something, we don’t have to sell.”
Manchester City bid 30 million euros ($39.4 million) for Benfica winger Eduardo Salvio, the Independent reported.
Benfica’s president, Luis Filipe Vieira Ferreira, is said to want 40 million euros for the Argentina international, the newspaper added.
Rafa Wants Reina
Napoli bid for Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina after failing to acquire Julio Cesar on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers, the Daily Mail reported.
Rafael Benitez, Napoli’s manager, is an admirer of Reina’s having initially taken him to Liverpool in 2005 when he coached the Premier League club, the newspaper added.