The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Luiz Lined Up
Manchester United wants to sign Chelsea’s David Luiz and is prepared to pay 30 million pounds ($46.5 million) for the Brazilian defender, the Daily Mirror reported.
Acquiring Luiz has been a United priority for weeks, and manager David Moyes suspects the 26-year-old may not be a Jose Mourinho-style player because he takes risks at the back, the newspaper added.
Wayne Rooney will stay at United this season after deciding not to submit a transfer request and will be offered a contract extension if he continues to show his commitment following a flirtation with Chelsea, the Daily Telegraph reported.
After repelling the London club’s advances, United intends to open negotiations with Rooney and his advisers this year about an extension to the England forward’s deal that expires in 2015, the newspaper added.
Chelsea is close to signing Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o on a one-year contract from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, the Daily Mail reported.
The Blues already acquired playmaker Willian from Anzhi pending a work permit hearing today and Eto’o’s transfer will be part of the same 32 million-pound package, the newspaper added.
Gareth Bale’s world-record 90 million-pound move to Real Madrid is being delayed by a transfer chain as Tottenham Hotspur doesn’t want to sell the winger until it’s recruited a replacement, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Spurs are closing in on a 30 million-pound deal for Roma’s Erik Lamela, whose club won’t sign off on the trade until it’s bought Adem Ljajic from Fiorentina, the newspaper added.
Mata in Demand
Tottenham wants to sign Spanish playmaker Juan Mata from Chelsea and has been told by Zenit St. Petersburg that Brazil striker Hulk isn’t for sale, the Daily Mirror reported.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is also interested in Mata, who may be available for transfer following his omission from the Chelsea starting lineup at Manchester United two days ago, the Daily Mail reported.