The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
40-Million Pound Fabregas
Manchester United is ready to offer as much as 40 million pounds ($62.1 million) for Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas in the final week of the transfer window, the Daily Telegraph reported.
United remains convinced that Fabregas continues to have doubts about his starting prospects at the Spanish club and that the next two weeks will be pivotal in its attempts to sign him, the newspaper said. Barcelona is said to have indicated to United a price at which it would consider selling the midfielder, the Telegraph added.
United has given up on trying to sign England left-back Leighton Baines after its bid of 12 million pounds was rejected in June, the Daily Mirror reported, citing Everton manager Roberto Martinez.
“One club officially contacted ourselves with an offer and it was a final offer,” the Mirror cited Martinez as saying. “They put something over and the valuation wasn’t anywhere near the quality of Leighton Baines. That was the end of it.”
Gunners Miss Gustavo
Arsenal target Luiz Gustavo is set to join Wolfsburg after Bayern Munich agreed to sell the midfielder to its German rival for 20 million euros ($26.5 million), the Guardian reported.
The Gunners had valued Gustavo at about 14 million pounds and their unwillingness to go much higher allowed Wolfsburg to seize the initiative, the newspaper added.
Manchester City will tell Arsenal that Edin Dzeko is not for sale after the Bosnia-Herzegovina striker impressed his new manager Manuel Pellegrini, the Daily Mail reported.
The London club turned its attention to Dzeko after accepting that its unlikely to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool, the newspaper added.
Suarez Still On?
Arsenal hasn’t given up hope of signing Suarez and is considering a final offer of 49 million pounds for the Uruguayan forward, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Suarez had been cited by El Observador newspaper yesterday as saying that he had decided to stay at Liverpool, though denied making the statement following Uruguay’s 4-2 exhibition match victory against Japan, the Telegraph added.