Liverpool Is Under Pressure to Trade Luis Suarez: Soccer RoundupDan Baynes
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Liverpool is under mounting pressure to transfer Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan striker bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during yesterday’s 2-2 Premier League draw at Anfield, the Daily Mail reported.
Although Suarez apologized for his actions on Twitter and also via a statement on his team’s website, he’s fighting to save his Liverpool career after manager Brendan Rodgers said that “all players can be replaced,” the Mail added.
Former Premier League referee Graham Poll, writing in a column in the Mail, called on the Football Association to ban Suarez for at least the rest of the season.
Poll said the seven-game suspension given to Suarez by the Dutch soccer association following a similar incident in a 2010 game in the Netherlands could serve as a guideline for England’s governing body.
Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski will wait to discover whether Manchester United keeps Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez before deciding on a potential move to Old Trafford, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Lewandowski, who is also a target for German champion Bayern Munich, has told associates he prefers a move to the Premier League, with United his favored option ahead of Arsenal and Chelsea, the newspaper added. United has conceded it would have to create space for another forward to be added to its roster, the Telegraph said.
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is confident defender Rio Ferdinand will agree on a contract extension to stay at the club, the Daily Mirror reported.
Ferguson also told Mexican striker Hernandez that he has a big future at United and the Red Devils won’t consider selling him in the offseason, the newspaper added. Real Madrid and Juventus are monitoring the situation of Hernandez, who’s made just two Premier League starts since Jan. 1, the Mirror said.
Monaco is considering a move for Arsenal right back Bacary Sagna, who is said to have rejected the Gunners’ latest offer of a contract extension, the Daily Mail reported.
Sagna also has attracted interest from clubs in Italy and Russia, while Arsenal has looked at Feyenoord’s Daryl Janmaat, Sochaux’s Sebastien Corchia and Matt Lowton of Aston Villa as potential replacements, the newspaper added.