Arsenal Nears $32.2 Million Deal to Sign Bernard: Soccer Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.

Arsenal’s Advanced Talks

Arsenal is in advanced talks to sign Brazilian playmaker Bernard for a club-record 21 million pounds ($32.2 million) from Atletico Mineiro, the London Evening Standard reported.

Bernard, 20, has scored 21 goals in 97 games for Atletico and is said to have agreed on a five-year contract worth 50,000 pounds a week after tax, the newspaper said. He’ll have a physical exam in London on July 26, the Standard added.

Third Fabregas Bid?

Manchester United is considering a club-record bid of 35 million pounds for Cesc Fabregas after Barcelona rejected its second offer of 30 million pounds for the Spain midfielder, the Guardian reported.

United made the second bid before Tito Vilanova resigned as Barca coach July 19 to receive treatment for cancer and was privately told that Fabregas is “completely nontransferable,” the newspaper added.

United Warned Off

Lazio warned United off making a bid for Antonio Candreva by stating that the Italian midfielder is not for sale, the Daily Express reported.

Candreva played for Italy at last month’s Confederations Cup on the back of an impressive season with Lazio that culminated in helping the team win the Coppa Italia, the newspaper added.

Tottenham Targets

Tottenham Hotspur bid as much as 25.5 million pounds for Valencia striker Roberto Soldado and also wants to sign forward Lisandro Lopez from French club Lyon, the Daily Mirror reported.

Spurs’ Technical Director Franco Baldini has traveled to Spain for negotiations and the Mirror cited Valencia President Amadeo Salvo as saying the offer “isn’t too far off.”

Lopez, whom Spurs tried to sign in January, has a year left on his contract and has made it clear to Lyon that he wants to move this offseason, the newspaper added.

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