Arsenal Will Bid for Sunderland Goalie Mignolet: Soccer RoundupDan Baynes
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Arsenal will make an offer for Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet in the offseason after manager Arsene Wenger had the 25-year-old Belgian watched by scouts and made checks about his character, the Independent reported.
Wenger wants to install Mignolet as his first-choice goalie and may have to pay as much as 10 million pounds ($15.3 million) for a player who has caught the attention of top teams because of his form this season, the newspaper added.
Chelsea is close to concluding a 20 million-pound deal to sign Brazil national team defender Dede as John Terry’s long-term successor, the Daily Express reported.
The Vasco da Gama center-back, 24, also is a target for Manchester United and Liverpool, with the latter ready to offer 15 million pounds, the newspaper added.
Manchester City’s Samir Nasri and fellow French midfielder Yohan Cabaye of Newcastle are targets of Paris Saint-Germain, the Sun reported, citing PSG sports director Leonardo.
“I like the idea of seeing great French players come back home,” Leonardo was quoted as saying by the Sun. “Not Karim Benzema, but maybe Nasri, Cabaye or Franck Ribery. We could well do our shopping in England.”
Tottenham Hotspur opened talks about signing Hamburg’s South Korean striker Son Heung-Min for about 10 million pounds, the Daily Mail reported. The 21-year-old Son, who can play anywhere across the forward line, also has attracted interest from Liverpool, the Mail added.
Newcastle will try to re-sign Andy Carroll, the striker it sold to Liverpool for a British-record 35 million pounds in January 2011, for as little as 7 million pounds, the Daily Telegraph reported.
West Ham, which has Carroll on loan through next month and an option to sign him for 17 million, can’t afford that fee and Carroll’s weekly wages of 90,000 pounds, the Telegraph added.