Manchester United Plans to Bring Back Ronaldo: Soccer RoundupAlex Duff
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Manchester United is trying to bring back Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid for 55 million pounds ($84 million), 25 million pounds less than the Premier League leader traded him for in 2009, the Daily Star reported.
United is working on a deal in which Ronaldo would sign a personal endorsement contract with team sponsor General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet as early as this year, according to the Star.
Defender Bacary Sagna may be the lastest player to leave Arsenal, the Guardian reported.
Sagna, 30, is disappointed at having been offered a one-year extension to his current contract, which expires after the 2013-14 season, and is privately resigned to departing at the end of this campaign, the Guardian said.
Manchester City is interested in signing Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus and Sevilla’s Jesus Navas, who are both wingers, the Daily Star reported.
Reus, 23, is valued at 30 million pounds, while 27-year-old Navas has a 35 million pounds buy-out clause, the Star said.
No Di Canio
West Ham co-owner David Gold says there is no job for “cult hero” Paolo di Canio at Upton Park, the Sun reported.
Gold plans to open talks with current coach Sam Allardyce over a new contract, the Sun said. Di Canio quit as manager of Swindon this week.
Chelsea has signed Chile Under-20 national team player Cristian Cuevas for 1.7 million pounds from O’Higgins, the Daily Mirror reported.
The 17-year-old had a trial with the Blues in November, according to the Mirror.