Dortmund Touts Lewandowski for $11.3 Million, Star Says: Roundup

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

Dortmund Deal

Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski is being offered to Premier League teams for 7 million pounds ($11.3 million) to try to prevent him from joining Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich on a free transfer, the Daily Star reported.

Dortmund wants to sell Lewandowski, whose contract expires at the end of this season, in the January transfer window and Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are monitoring the situation, the newspaper added.

Rooney Offer

Chelsea will make a 35 million-pound bid for Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney in January after failing with an offer of 30 million pounds in the offseason, the Daily Express reported.

Blues officials have been impressed by Rooney’s start to the season and are willing to offer him a four-year contract worth 300,000 pounds a week, the Express said. Rooney’s United deal expires after next season, the paper added.

Palace Coach

Crystal Palace target Tony Pulis is said to have reservations about replacing Ian Holloway as manager of the Premier League’s bottom club, the Daily Mirror reported.

Pulis, who has had preliminary talks about the job, wants a contract worth at least 1.5 million pounds and a big bonus should he prevent a team that’s lost eight of its first nine games from getting relegated, the newspaper added.

Platini Plan

Michel Platini, president of European soccer’s governing body UEFA, said the World Cup should be expanded from 32 to 40 teams, the Times of London reported.

Platini has conducted a study into the expansion, which he said shows that a 40-team event with an additional group game would take only three days longer, the newspaper added.

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