Monaco Will Offer Rooney Tax-Free Wage Deal, Star Says: Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the web.

Monaco Haven

Monaco wants to mark its return to France’s Ligue 1 by signing Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, the Daily Star reported.

Monaco officials say they are prepared to “blow their rivals out of the water” with the size of its bid and tax-free wage offer, according to the Star.

Cristiano Stays

Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has told the former world player of the year to stay at Real Madrid one more season, the Daily Mail reported.

Ronaldo has two years left on his contract and is considering leaving Spain for Paris Saint-Germain or Manchester United, according to the Mail.

Reading Coach

Gus Poyet is a contender to manage Reading, which fired Brian McDermott with nine Premier League games remaining, the Daily Mail reported.

Poyet is chasing a play-off spot as Brighton coach, the Mail said.

Zigic Out

Birmingham is seeking to trade Nikola Zigic as the striker’s contract terms push up his salary, the Daily Mirror reported.

Zigic’s weekly pay will rise to 62,000 pounds ($92,700) next season from 50,000 pounds when the Blues were relegated from the Premier League in 2011, the Mirror said.

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