The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
United Faces Fight
Manchester United is trying to tie up the transfer of Lucas Moura from Sao Paulo for 30 million pounds ($46.5 million) after French club Paris Saint-Germain moved in for the 19-year-old, the Daily Mail reported.
United manager Alex Ferguson watched the attacking midfielder play for Brazil against New Zealand at the Olympic Games two days ago, the Mail added.
Cole to PSG?
PSG is ready to offer Chelsea defender Ashley Cole a three- year contract and reunite him with former Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti, the Daily Mirror reported.
Cole, 31, has one year left on his current agreement and although Chelsea will offer him a new deal, PSG wants to test the European champion’s resolve to keep him, the Mirror added.
Arsenal is considering Celtic’s Victor Wanyama as a replacement for Alex Song should Barcelona make a substantial bid for the Cameroon midfielder, the Mail reported.
Scouts from the Gunners and Manchester United have watched the Kenyan, who is keen to move to England and would cost about 7 million pounds, the newspaper added.
The Gunners want to follow the 16 million-pound signing of Malaga’s attacking midfielder Santi Cazorla by taking Real Madrid’s Nuri Sahin on loan, the Guardian reported.
The Turkey midfielder is in talks over an initial season- long loan, having had limited opportunities in Madrid’s first team, the Guardian added.
Tottenham Hotspur is set take advantage of the fire sale at debt-ridden Malaga by offering 10 million pounds for 22-year-old Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon, the Sun reported.
Spurs are also targeting Liverpool’s teenage midfielder Raheem Sterling, who is said to be unsettled and would welcome a move back to London where he started as a schoolboy with Queens Park Rangers, the same paper reported.
West Ham United is ready to move on if Liverpool striker Andy Carroll doesn’t make up his mind soon about a proposed switch between the teams, the Mirror reported.
Hammers’ co-Chairman David Sullivan is pushing Carroll for a decision after tabling an offer that would make him the club’s best-paid player on 100,000 pounds a week, the Mirror said. Carroll would rather return to hometown club Newcastle if he leaves Liverpool, the paper added.
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