Otamendi Poised to Join Chelsea at End of Season: Soccer Roundup

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

Otamendi to Chelsea?

Porto defender Nicolas Otamendi is on his way to Chelsea at the end of the season, Spain’s Marca reported.

Blues coach Jose Mourinho beat Barcelona and AC Milan in signing the 25-year-old, the newspaper added. Otamendi joined Porto in 2010 after making three appearances for Argentina at the World Cup in South Africa.

Ibrahimovic Wants Rooney

Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants fellow striker Wayne Rooney to join him at Paris Saint-Germain, the Daily Mirror reported.

Rooney, 27, wanted to leave Manchester United during the off-season and the Ligue 1 champion was ready to bid, a prospect that “excited” Ibrahimovic, the newspaper said.

“If he still wants to move next summer or in January, I would urge him to come and play with me in Paris,” the Swede was reported as saying.

Herrera Staying Put

United has failed in its bid for midfielder Ander Herrera after Athletic Bilbao offered him a new contract, the Daily Express reported.

Coach David Moyes tried to sign the 24-year-old Spaniard during the last transfer window and was looking to re-open negotiations in January, the newspaper added.

Suarez’s $90 Million Fee

Liverpool is sticking to its 55 million-pound ($88.4 million) asking price for Luis Suarez, 10 million pounds more than Real Madrid may be willing to offer when the January transfer window opens, the Daily Mail reported.

The Uruguay striker was “desperate” to move to the Bernabeu during the summer, but Gareth Bale’s record transfer from Tottenham Hotspur meant Madrid were unwilling to meet Liverpool’s fee, the newspaper said.

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