Man. United Eyes Modric After Missing Out on Targets: RoundupBob Bensch
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Change of Plans
Manchester United is preparing a 25 million-pound ($38 million) bid for Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric after realizing it’s unlikely to secure its original transfer targets, the Times said.
New manager David Moyes wanted a major signing such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale or Cesc Fabregas but has become frustrated after inquiries on all three fronts were rebuffed, the Times reported.
Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy will reluctantly let Bale join Real Madrid if the Spanish club offers a world record 85 million pounds, plus another player, the Daily Mail said.
Levy changed his stance that Bale wasn’t for sale after the Welshman decided on Spurs’ preseason trip to Asia he wanted to move to Madrid, the Mail said. Levy will demand the money up front, with defender Fabio Coentrao or winger Angel di Maria being offered as part of the package, the newspaper said.
Chelsea won’t entertain any bids for David Luiz, even as Bayern Munich contemplates a 34.5 million-pound offer for the defender, the Telegraph said.
Luiz is not seeking a move, but if he were to be sold he’d prefer to leave England, the Telegraph said. Barcelona is his preferred choice, but he wouldn’t balk at Bayern, the newspaper added.
Willing to Wait
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger won’t increase the club’s 40 million-pound offer for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and is prepared wait to the end of the transfer period, the Daily Mirror said.
The deal hinges on the 40 million-pound clause in Suarez’s contract that his advisers are adamant allows him to leave Anfield, the Mirror said.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is desperate to bring Didier Drogba back to Stamford Bridge as a player or coach, the Daily Express said.
Drogba, 35, has a year left on his contract with Turkish club Galatasaray and Mourinho has hinted he’d love to reunite with the striker, who spent eight seasons at Chelsea, the Express said.