Chelsea May Bid $95 Million for Falcao, Mirror Says: RoundupPeter-Joseph Hegarty
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Chelsea has renewed its interest in Radamel Falcao and may make a 60 million-pound ($95 million) bid for the Colombia striker, the Daily Mirror reported.
Coach Jose Mourinho is set to watch Falcao play for his country against Belgium in two days before deciding whether to make an offer for the player, the newspaper said.
The Blues have monitored Falcao’s performances for Monaco but there’s concern at Chelsea that it’s difficult to judge him in the French league as it’s not physically demanding enough, the Mirror added.
Belgium’s “big, strong side” will present a challenge more similar to the Premier League, the paper said.
Mourinho is interested in Schalke midfielder Max Meyer, the Daily Star said.
The 18-year-old played against the Blues in the Champions League last week, and has started the domestic season well with three goals in the Bundesliga, the newspaper added.
Manchester United may bid for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus, The Times reported.
The deal could lead to Shinji Kagawa returning to the German club, the newspaper said. He’s struggled for playing time and goals following his 17.6 million-pound move to Old Trafford last year, it added.
Benzema for Arsenal?
Arsenal has stepped up the chase for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema as it strives to boost its attacking options, the Daily Mirror reported.
Gunners coach Arsene Wenger is “desperate” to recruit another front man in the January transfer window, the newspaper said.
Benzema may now be more ready to move to Arsenal after snubbing the club’s interest in the offseason, the Mirror added.