The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Arsenal is in talks with Anderlecht midfielder Lucas Biglia, who’s rated at 8 million pounds ($12.3 million), the Sun reported.
The Gunners face competition from Real Madrid to sign the Argentine, who captained Anderlecht to the Belgian league title last season, the newspaper added.
Former France and Chelsea defender Marcel Desailly is a surprise contender to replace Brendan Rodgers as Swansea manager, the Daily Mirror reported.
Desailly, a World Cup and two-time Champions League winner, has developed close connections to Wales after studying for his UEFA Pro coaching license at the Football Association of Wales, the newspaper added.
New Liverpool manager Rodgers has told the club’s board that striker Luis Suarez will be staying, the Sun reported.
Rodgers has spoken to the Uruguayan to gain his confidence and explain his role in the team’s new system, the Sun said, citing a person close to the situation it didn’t identify.
Rodgers is ready to compete with Manchester United and Arsenal to sign attacking midfielder Nick Powell from Crewe Alexandra, the Mirror reported.
Powell was cleared for talks with United manager Alex Ferguson after Crewe accepted a bid of 2 million pounds plus add-ons that could lift the total to 5 million pounds, the newspaper said. Arsenal had a higher offer for Powell rejected by Crewe, the Mirror added.
Tottenham’s Sebastien Bassong is a target for Monaco and the defender is keen to leave Spurs to revive his career in France, the Guardian reported.
Lokomotiv Moscow and Rubin Kazan are also interested in Bassong, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers, the Guardian added.
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