Paris Saint-Germain to Fight Man. United for Ronaldo: RoundupChristopher Elser
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the web.
Manchester United will have to see off a bid from Paris Saint-Germain should it want to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo, the Sun said.
PSG has already made an offer for the Real Madrid forward, and United is preparing a bid of 65 million pounds ($100 million) plus a player, most probably Portuguese winger Nani, the newspaper said. United sold Ronaldo to the Spanish team for 80 million pounds in 2009.
United is working with sponsor Nike Inc. to formulate a deal for the player if he wants to leave Madrid, the Sun said.
West Ham will target Everton striker Nikica Jelavic after deciding it would be too expensive to keep on-loan forward Andy Carroll, who is valued at 17 million pounds by Liverpool, the Daily Mirror said.
The Hammers tried to sign Jelavic when he left Rangers, but lost him to Everton. The Croatian’s goalscoring has slowed this season, the Mirror said.
Turkey for Clichy?
Galatasaray wants to sign Manchester City defender Gael Clichy as the Turkish side tries to strengthen a squad that includes former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, the Daily Mail said.
Although the 27-year-old Clichy still has two years remaining on his contract and wants to stay in England, Galatasaray will tempt him to join, the newspaper said. The team is also targeting Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben, the Mail said.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will bid 10 million pounds for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, the Sun said.
The Gunners’ coach wants the 23-year-old to replace the often injured Abou Diaby, the newspaper said. Arsenal has recruited Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Southampton in recent years.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich wants to make Brazilian defender David Luiz captain to replace John Terry in another sign the English player is on his way out of Stamford Bridge, the Daily Star said.
The 26-year-old Luiz is part of the Russian billionaire’s plan to move on older players including the 32-year-old Terry, the newspaper said. Luiz is captain if Terry, Frank Lampard and Petr Cech aren’t in the team, the Star added.