Man. United Fights Arsenal for Cesar, Sun Says: Soccer RoundupChristopher Elser
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the web.
Manchester United and Arsenal are eyeing Queens Park Rangers’ Julio Cesar to solve their goalkeeping issues, the Sun said.
The clubs have been considering the 33-year-old Brazilian, who won the Champions League with Inter Milan, to compete with their younger players, the newspaper said.
United’s David de Gea and Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczesny have struggled this year, and the managers are looking to bring in an experienced player, the newspaper said.
QPR, which is last place in the league, need to sell either Cesar or fellow goalkeeper Robert Green to cut its wage bill, although it will probably keep Cesar because of his strong play this year, the Sun said.
Liverpool is close to signing Inter Milan midfielder Philippe Coutinho despite the Brazilian’s comments that he wants to stay to fight for a place in the Italian team, the Guardian said.
Although Inter rejected a bid of 8 million pounds ($12.7 million) last week, Liverpool is confident the team will accept an increased offer for the 20-year-old, the newspaper said.
Marko Marin, who has started just once since joining Chelsea this season, may be loaned to CSKA Moscow, the Daily Express said.
The Russian team’s chairman has contacted Chelsea’s billionaire Roman Abramovich to suggest a switch to allow the German player more game time, the newspaper said.
Manchester United’s 15 million-pound move for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha will need the approval of Britain’s Football League because of the Premier League leader’s plan to loan him back to his current club, the Daily Mirror said.
The governing body wants to look at the proposal because of tightening up of rules that cover such deals, the newspaper said. United manager Alex Ferguson would be happy to keep the player, although Palace boss Steve Parish told fans that Zaha would stay the entire season, the newspaper said.