Manchester Utd.’s Chance of Signing Lewandowski Boosted: RoundupPeter-Joseph Hegarty
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Lewandowski for United?
Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski could be heading for England’s Premier League after his club last night blocked his sale to Bayern Munich, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Dortmund Chief Executive Officer Hans-Joachim Watzke is “adamant” that the team won’t let him join the German and European champion, the newspaper said.
Lewandowski is out of contract next year, so could still join Bayern then, but Manchester United or Chelsea could now try to sign the Polish national team player, the Telegraph added.
Bayern defeated Dortmund 2-1 in the Champions League final last month.
Manchester United is keen to sign Monaco midfielder Nampalys Mendy, the Daily Mail reported
The 20-year-old has “stunned” Monaco by saying he plans to leave as a free agent this offseason, the newspaper added.
Monaco is interested in United winger Nani, the Mail said, while Thiago Silva has urged Wayne Rooney to join him at Paris Saint-Germain.
Rafael Benitez has told his new team Napoli that he’d like to work with Fernando Torres again after the two were together at Chelsea, the Daily Express reported.
That could open the way for the Blues to sign Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, the Express added
Cavani, rated at 53 million pounds ($82 million) by the Italian club, is new Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s top target, the newspaper said.
Reds Eye Winger
Liverpool is closing in on a 5 million-pound deal for Sevilla winger Luis Alberto, the Mail reported.
The Spanish team is hoping to get add-on payments of as much as 8 million pounds for the 20-year-old, the newspaper said.