The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
United’s Bale Bid
Manchester United offered Tottenham Hotspur 100 million pounds ($160 million) for Gareth Bale, only to lose out to a lower offer from Real Madrid, the Daily Mirror reported.
The 24-year-old flew back from Spain to hold talks with United officials, the newspaper added, before his eventual transfer to Madrid for a world-record 100 million euros ($135 million). The Mirror didn’t say why Spurs turned down the higher offer.
Italy’s Andrea Pirlo could be a target for Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Spurs when the January transfer window opens, the Daily Mail reported.
The midfielder’s contract with Juventus runs out at the end of the season and the Serie A club may release him early, the newspaper said.
Chelsea’s Mangala Plan
Chelsea could offer 20 million pounds for Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, the Daily Mirror reported. Blues coach Jose Mourinho attempted to sign the 22-year-old Frenchman in the offseason and is keen to try again in January, the newspaper added. Monaco is also interested, the Mirror said.
Mancini to Galatasaray?
Former Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini is set to take over at Galatasaray after the Turkish club fired Fatih Terim, the Daily Mail reported.
The 19-time league champion is looking to bring in a new manager in time for the Oct. 2 Champions League game at Juventus, the newspaper added.