The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Not for Sale
Manchester United took the top-level decision that Wayne Rooney will not be sold to Chelsea no matter how much money the London club offers, the Guardian reported.
United’s position won’t change even if Rooney submits a formal transfer request or goes public with his desire to leave, the newspaper said. Chelsea already failed with bids of 23 million pounds ($35.5 million) and 25 million pounds for the striker, the Guardian added.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers renewed his interest in signing Anzhi Makhachkala’s Brazilian midfielder Willian, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Rodgers targeted Willian, 25, for a potential 30 million-pound move and made an inquiry ahead of a possible bid before the trade period closes, the newspaper said. Tottenham Hotspur will also consider making an offer for the playmaker, the Telegraph added.
Arsenal is considering Swansea forward Michu and Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko as alternative targets should it fail to sign Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, the Daily Mail reported.
The Gunners, who haven’t given up on trying to acquire Suarez, have completed extensive scouting reports on Michu and Dzeko, the newspaper added.
Suarez is ready to abandon his plan to leave Liverpool and may even sign a new contract, the Daily Mirror reported, citing a report by GolTV Latin American.
Manchester City is preparing a final 20 million-pound bid for Real Madrid defender Pepe, the Daily Mail reported.
Real rejected a 15 million-pound offer for the Portugal international last month and City hopes that an improved offer for the 30-year-old center-back may convince the Spanish team to sell, the Mail added.
Parker Fee Agreed
Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker is set to join Queens Park Rangers after the clubs agreed on a transfer fee of 3.5 million pounds and the 32-year-old passed a medical, the Daily Telegraph reported.