The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have been given an Aug. 3 deadline by Valencia to bid for Spanish striker Roberto Soldado, the Daily Mirror reported.
Valencia President Amadeo Salvo said any club interested in signing Soldado must meet the 25 million-pound ($38.1 million) release clause in his contract by that date or the player won’t be sold, the newspaper added.
Spurs are ready to make a club-record bid of 18 million pounds for Soldado this week, the Daily Express reported.
Ronaldo Going Nowhere
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti said Cristiano Ronaldo will be staying at the Spanish club as Manchester United looks at re-signing the Portuguese forward, the Sun reported.
“I don’t think there is a chance that he will leave,” the Sun cited Ancelotti as saying of Ronaldo after Real’s 6-0 exhibition match win at Bournemouth last night. “He’s our most important player and his future is here.”
Second Rooney Bid
Chelsea will make a second bid of 24 million pounds for Wayne Rooney this week even after Manchester United said the England striker isn’t for sale, the Daily Mirror reported.
The Blues feel they can acquire Rooney for about 30 million pounds and United has no option but to sell before the transfer window closes on Sept. 2, the newspaper added.
Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain is stalling on a 30 million-pound move to Napoli because he wants to see if Arsenal will raise its offer for him, the Sun reported.
The Gunners, who believed they had agreed on a 23 million-pound deal with Real, are unwilling to be drawn into a bidding war for a player with whom they already agreed on personal terms, the newspaper said.