Arsenal’s Wenger to Get $106 Million Player Fund: Soccer Roundup

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

Transfer Funds

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be given as much as 70 million pounds ($106 million) to spend on new players by the club’s board, the Daily Mirror reported.

The Gunners are drawing up two different lists of potential transfer targets to be acted upon depending on whether they qualify for the Champions League, the newspaper said.

Even if the club only qualifies for the second-tier Europa League or misses out completely on European competition, Wenger will still be given major funds, the Mirror added.

Wenger’s Targets

Wenger’s top targets are Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic, Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, Borussia Dortmund forward Mario Gotze, Celtic’s Victor Wanyama and his fellow midfielder Etienne Capoue of Toulouse, the Daily Mail reported.

The Arsenal manager will consult chief scout Steve Rowley and the club’s other talent spotters about the plans and they are said to be working on identifying alternatives knowing the budget could vary, the newspaper added.

Lewandowski Chase

Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski could still sign for Manchester United in the offseason even after newspaper reports in Germany said the Poland striker is set to move to Bayern Munich, the Sun reported.

Lewandowski, who’s scored 60 goals in 121 matches for Dortmund, is likely to leave the club at the end of this season before his contract expires next year, the newspaper added.

Pele’s Advice

Three-time World Cup-winner Pele urged fellow Brazilian Neymar to snub any advances from Manchester City and join Barcelona instead should the 21-year-old striker leave Santos, the Independent reported.

“Santos need him and for that reason I don’t think he should leave but if he must go it should be to Barcelona,” the newspaper cited Pele as saying.

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