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Bayern May Put $61Mln Bid in For Chelsea’s Luiz: Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.

Bayern Chasing Luiz

Bayern Munich may offer as much as 40 million pounds ($61 million) for Chelsea’s David Luiz, the Sun reported.

New Bayern coach Pep Guardiola was previously interested in signing the Brazilian defender when he was in charge of Barcelona.

Chelsea bought Luiz for 21 million pounds two years ago from Benfica.

Silent Treatment?

Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy is giving Gareth Bale “the silent treatment” following a world-record offer from Real Madrid for the Welshman, the Daily Mirror reported.

Levy is refusing to talk to the winger after he said Bale will not be sold “regardless of whatever Real may offer,” the newspaper said.

The club has dismissed Real’s bid of 51 million pounds plus Angel Di Maria and Fabio Coentrao, estimated at a total of 95 million pounds, the Mirror said.

The Daily Mail reported that Levy cut short his holiday to fly to London and talk to Bale to resolve the situation.

Pastore for Spurs?

Should Bale be sold to Real Madrid, Spurs may spend some of the money on Argentina’s Javier Pastore, the Daily Star reported.

The midfielder moved to Paris Saint-Germain for 36 million pounds in 2011.

Tottenham is also close to signing Valencia striker Roberto Soldado for 26 million pounds, the newspaper said.

Malouda, Bosingwa

Former Chelsea players Florent Malouda and Jose Bosingwa are poised to move to Turkish side Trabzonspor, the Daily Mail reported.

Both men have undergone medicals at the club in recent days, the newspaper said.

Winger Malouda, 33, was released by Chelsea at the end of last season. Defender Bosingwa, 30, spent the last campaign at Queens Park Rangers after joining from the Blues.

Liverpool Target

Liverpool is trying to sign Benfica defender Lorenzo Melgarejo on a one-year loan deal with a view to a permanent contract, the Daily Mirror reported.

Paraguay international Melgarejo, 22, may be used as cover for injury-prone left-back Jose Enrique, the newspaper said.

Liverpool’s attempts to land French international Aly Cissokho from Valencia weren’t successful because of the player’s wage demands, the Mirror said.

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