The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Liverpool is close to making Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas its second offseason signing for 7 million pounds ($11.6 million), the Daily Telegraph reported.
The 25-year-old Aspas, who was tracked by Reds manager Brendan Rodgers throughout last season, will undergo a medical exam today after the clubs negotiated a fee and the player agreed to personal terms, the newspaper added.
Manchester United is increasingly confident of signing Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas and Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski this offseason after being given private encouragement from both players, the Daily Mail reported.
United manager David Moyes would like to bring them to the club before his squad departs on a tour to Asia and Australia in the middle of next month, the newspaper added.
Moyes is ready to bid 15 million pounds to sign Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara and assigned chief scout Jim Lawlor to set up the deal, the Daily Mirror reported.
United is said to have made contact with Alcantara’s advisers and his father, former Brazil defender Mazinho, is open to the move, the newspaper added. Alcantara is also being linked with a move to Manchester City, the Mirror said.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been told it will cost him 12.7 million pounds to sign Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder for the second time, the Daily Mirror reported.
The 29-year-old Sneijder, who is also a target for Tottenham Hotspur, previously played for Mourinho at Inter Milan and recently said he is interested in working with the Portuguese coach again, the newspaper added.
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