Arsenal Considers Club-Record Bid for Jovetic: Soccer Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers with clickable Internet links.

Record Bid

Arsenal is considering a club-record 20 million pound ($31.4 million) bid for Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger, who’s been scouting the 23-year-old Jovetic for more than a year, turned his attention to younger and more long-term options after trying to buy Barcelona’s David Villa, 31, last month, the newspaper said.

Wenger also wants to sign a right-back and another holding midfielder as an option alongside Mikel Arteta, with Montpellier’s Etienne Capoue a target, the Telegraph added.

Lampard’s Future

Chelsea hasn’t approached Frank Lampard about a new contract even after the England midfielder scored eight goals in his past 12 games for club and country, the Sun reported.

Lampard, 34, is free to start negotiations with overseas clubs, though has made it clear he would prefer to finish his career with the Blues, the Sun added.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is said to be considering offering Lampard an extension to his 150,000 pounds-a-week contract that expires in June, the Daily Express reported.

Real Resistance

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas said his club must qualify for the Champions League in order to resist potential bids for Gareth Bale, the Guardian reported.

Real Madrid is monitoring Bale’s situation as the Spanish club prepares an offseason offer for the Wales winger, who’s scored 13 goals for Spurs this campaign, the newspaper added.

“The Champions League is where most of the clubs want to be, and where most of the players want to play,” the Guardian cited Villas-Boas as saying. “It’s part of our objectives so hopefully achieving it means we can attract better players and continue to hold on to our best players.”

Arsenal Return

Patrick Vieira is in line for a return to Arsenal after being sounded out about replacing Liam Brady as the club’s head of youth development, the Daily Mail reported.

The 36-year-old Vieira, who is currently Manchester City’s football development executive, joined former Gunners teammate Dennis Bergkamp on a shortlist of potential candidates for the job, the Mail said.

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