Manchester City Readies for $93 Million Overhaul: Soccer RoundupDan Baynes
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers with clickable Internet links.
$93 Million Overhaul
Manchester City is ready to begin a 60 million pound-plus ($93 million) overhaul with offseason moves for Napoli’s Edinson Cavani and Celtic’s Victor Wanyama, the Daily Mail reported.
City opened talks over Cavani last month and was initially put off by his release clause of 52 million pounds, the newspaper said. The Premier League champion, which will help offset its outlay by selling Edin Dzeko, returned to the Uruguay striker because Chelsea is the favorite to sign Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao, the Mail reported.
Kenyan midfielder Wanyama, who is valued at 10 million pounds and has 16 months left on his contract, was watched by City scouts two days ago, the newspaper added.
Tottenham Hotspur may resurrect its interest in Roma striker Pablo Osvaldo when the transfer window reopens, the Daily Express reported.
Osvaldo was on Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas’s radar during the January trade period and the Argentine-born striker is likely being transfer listed, which would pave the way for Spurs to bid for him, the newspaper added.
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova is said to have made Chelsea’s Brazilian defender David Luiz his top offseason target, the Daily Star reported.
If the money is right, Chelsea may be tempted to sell a player who has recently been deployed in a midfield position with doubts persisting about his reliability as a center-back in English soccer, the newspaper added.
Liverpool has inquired about Sampdoria’s teenage striker Mauro Icardi, who is also being watched by Manchester City and Tottenham, the Daily Mail reported.
Inter Milan is said to be leading the race to sign the 19-year-old Argentine, who was the subject of a bid from Napoli last month, at the end of the season, the Mail added.