Chelsea Would Have to Pay $57 Million for Costa: Soccer Roundup

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

Costa’s $57 Million Price Tag

Chelsea would have to pay at least 35 million pounds ($57 million) for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, the Daily Mirror reported.

Blues coach Jose Mourinho is looking to boost his attacking options in the January transfer window after missing out on signing Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney during the offseason, the newspaper said. Costa is La Liga’s top scorer this season and netted twice in Atletico’s 3-0 Champions League win at Austria Vienna yesterday.

Hernandez Not for Sale

Manchester United coach David Moyes says striker Javier Hernandez is not for sale, even after his lack of starts this season, the Daily Mail reported.

Tottenham is among clubs interested in signing the 25-year-old Mexican, who has started only two games this campaign, the newspaper said. Moyes said Hernandez is staying put and “will play a lot of games before the end of the season.”

Sneijder Dismisses Chelsea Link

Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder has dismissed talk of a reunion with Jose Mourinho, the Mail reported.

The 29-year-old played under the Blues coach at Inter Milan and has been advised by the Netherlands’ coach Louis van Gaal to move to Stamford Bridge from Galatasaray to cement his place in the national team, the newspaper said.

Anderlecht Striker Tracked

Manchester United has joined Liverpool, Arsenal, Juventus, Barcelona and Schalke in tracking Anderlecht’s Matias Suarez, the Daily Star reported.

United scouts will attend the Belgian side’s Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain today to assess the Argentine, the newspaper added, citing Belgian reports.

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