Bale May Be Let Go for $151Mln Including Morata: RoundupDanielle Rossingh
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Tottenham Hotspur is willing to let Gareth Bale go to Real Madrid in a deal worth more than 100 million pounds ($151 million) that would include striker Alvaro Morata, the Guardian reported.
After Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy rejected a world-record 100 million-euro ($132 million) bid for the Welshman last week, Real offered left-back Fabio Coentrao and winger Angel di Maria.
But it is Morata who is wanted by the London team. The 20-year-old, whose contract expires in 2015, won the Golden Boot as Spain clinched the European Under-21 championship last month.
Barcelona is ready to make a last-ditch effort to sign Chelsea defender David Luiz, the Daily Mirror reported.
Luiz, who signed a long-term contract last year, is also wanted by Bayern Munich even though new Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho has said the Brazilian is not for sale.
Barcelona may not offer more than 30 million pounds, 10 million pounds less than Chelsea’s valuation.
Remy for Bent
Newcastle United is trying to sign Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy after it failed to land Darren Bent, the Daily Telegraph reported.
The deal for Aston Villa’s Bent collapsed last night after a meeting between the player and his agent and Joe Kinnear, Newcastle’s new director of football, the paper said. Bent was “far from impressed” Kinnear would only offer Villa 2 million pounds and may now move to Fulham for about 6 million pounds.
Newcastle is the only Premier League club not to make a new signing during this summer’s transfer window.
Mali international Momo Sissoko is wanted by both Queens Park Rangers and Everton, the Daily Express reported.
The former Liverpool and Juventus midfielder, who was on loan at Fiorentina from Paris Saint-Germain last season, may be available for “a nominal fee,” the paper said.
No Lord Ferguson?
Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson turned down the chance to become a Lord in the U.K. Parliament because he wants to spend more time with his wife Cathy, the Daily Mirror reported.
The 71-year-old Ferguson, who retired in May, had been a “distinct possibility” to become a Labour Party peer but rejected the offer, the paper said.