The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
$94 Million Swoop
Chelsea will have to pay out at least 60 million pounds ($94 million) to sign Napoli striker Edinson Cavani and Brazilian playmaker Oscar, the Sun reported.
The Blues are ready to pay 35 million pounds for Cavani, though Napoli could push them for a higher fee for the player earmarked to replace Didier Drogba, the newspaper said. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has sanctioned a 25 million-pound deal for Internacional’s Oscar, the Sun added.
Cavani will demand parity with Chelsea’s top earning players when he reopens talks about joining the European champion this week, the Daily Mail reported.
The Uruguyan’s representatives will tell the London club he wants a deal worth 150,000 pounds a week, which would put him on a par with John Terry, Frank Lampard and Fernando Torres, the Mail added.
West Ham made a move for Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov, who wants to leave Old Trafford because of a lack of first-team opportunities, the Daily Mirror reported.
The London club wants to take Berbatov on loan initially, while United is looking to sell the Bulgarian for 5 million pounds, the newspaper added.
Manchester United’s pursuit of Brazilian playmaker Lucas Moura hit a financial snag when it emerged that Sao Paulo’s asking price could increase to 34 million pounds after Aug. 1, the Mail reported.
Sao Paulo currently wants about 30 million pounds -- 23.5 million pounds for the club and 6 million pounds for Moura under a contract clause that gives him 20 percent of any fee, a share that rises to 30 percent after Aug. 1, the newspaper said.
Van Persie Omission
Robin van Persie returned to training with Arsenal yesterday saying he still wants to quit the club, which omitted last season’s Premier League top-scorer from its latest online catalog, the Sun reported.
Van Persie, 28, wants his future sorted out before the Gunners squad leaves for a pre-season tour of Asia next weekend, the newspaper added.
Manchester City appears to be the only club with the means to pay a large enough transfer fee and salary to sign van Persie, the Guardian reported. City’s roster is bloated with well-paid strikers and the club must sell some of them before moving for the Netherlands striker, the newspaper added.
Van Persie’s preferred destination is Juventus, though he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of joining Manchester City or Manchester United, the Independent reported.
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