Arsenal Wants Real Madrid Trio for $108 Million: Soccer Roundup

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

70 Million-Pound Spree

Arsenal wants to spend its entire transfer budget of 70 million pounds ($108.5 million) on Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, Mesut Ozil and Angel Di Maria, the Daily Mail reported.

The Gunners have opened talks with Real officials about signing the trio and have received encouragement as the Spanish club seeks funds after committing 86 million pounds to buy Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale, the Mail said.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger also remains interested in Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye and Valencia goalkeeper Vicente Guaita, the newspaper added.

Alternative Target

Arsenal made an 8.5 million-pound bid for Saint-Etienne midfielder Josuha Guilavogui as an alternative to Cabaye, the Daily Express reported.

Newcastle has also been linked with a move for Guilavogui, 22, if Cabaya leaves before the transfer window closes on Sept. 2, the newspaper added.

Bid Rejected

Everton rejected a new 36 million-pound bid from Manchester United for midfielder Marouane Fellaini and left-back Leighton Baines, the Guardian reported.

Although Everton is unwilling to sell the pair and previously rejected a 28 million-pound offer, talks are likely to continue between United manager David Moyes and Everton chairman Bill Kenwright over the next few days, the newspaper added.

Kenwright will demand United pays 50 million pounds for each player and price them out of Moyes’s reach, the Daily Mirror reported.

Torres for Sale

Chelsea is ready to listen to offers for striker Fernando Torres after signing Samuel Eto’o, the Mirror reported.

Teams in Torres’s native Spain are aware of his availability and the player knows that his chances of being selected for next year’s World Cup could be in jeopardy if he’s not a first-team regular this season, the newspaper added.

Editor: Alex Duff

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