Arsenal, Liverpool Eye Swansea’s Williams, Mail Says: RoundupBob Bensch
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Arsenal may face competition from Liverpool in trying to sign Swansea defender Ashley Williams, the Daily Mail said.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will bid for Williams after the season, the Mail said. However, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, Swansea’s former boss, is also keen to reunite with the Welsh international, the newspaper said.
The Mail also said Arsenal plans to sell striker Gervinho to Galatasaray for 12 million pounds ($18 million) and has shown interest in the Turkish club’s goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, though Liverpool’s Pepe Reina remains the first choice for signing, the Mail said.
Mancini for Monaco?
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has been offered a 170 million-pound transfer kitty to move to Monaco next season, the Mirror said.
Dmitry Rybolovlev, Monaco’s Russian billionaire owner, tried to lure Mancini last year and has returned with the transfer fund and a three-year contract worth 22 million pounds, the Mirror said.
Mancini agreed to a new contract until 2017 after leading City to the Premier League title last season. Monaco currently tops France’s Ligue 2 and is on course for a return to the top flight next season.
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure will delay any decision on his future until after the season, the Mirror said.
Toure has two years remaining on his contract at Eastlands and the club’s policy is not to renegotiate contracts during the season, the Mirror said. The 29-year-old has attracted interest from Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, the newspaper said.
Chelsea may derail West Ham’s plan to sign striker Wilfried Bony from Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem, the Sun said.
West Ham is closing in on a 12 million-pound move for the Ivory Coast international, who leads the Eredivisie with 26 goals, and co-chairman David Sullivan met with one of the player’s agents this week, the Sun said.
However, Chelsea sees Bony as a potential replacement for Fernando Torres and could make a move if Jose Mourinho returns to the club as coach, the newspaper said.
Wales national team manager Chris Coleman will assess his future after World Cup qualifying ends, the Telegraph said.
Coleman, who took over Wales in January 2012 following the death of Gary Speed, may consider a return to club management, the Telegraph said. The former Fulham boss misses the day-to-day involvement of club soccer and has already turned down opportunities to manage abroad, the newspaper said.