The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
United Targets Arteta
Arteta has two years left on his current deal, the paper added, and he’s aware of interest from clubs including United, Arsenal and Manchester City. United may be prepared to pay 10 million pounds ($14.5 million), according to the Mirror.
Capello to Stay
The Independent said he’ll sign a new contract with the Football Association before the group leaves. He’d told the governing body his future must be resolved before departure, the newspaper said.
Capello has reached a verbal agreement with the F.A. to remain in charge until the end of the 2012 European Championship, Sky News reported today.
Inter Wants Benitez
The Serie A champion made its move at the weekend, when speculation surrounded England’s Capello being Inter’s target, the paper added.
Inter is concerned that Benitez will turn down a deal to double his 4.5 million-pounds-a-year pay as he has an “almost impossible act” to follow, the Sun said. Mourinho completed a treble of Champions League with domestic league and cup.
Cole for Stoke?
Chase for Cole
The Blues have made no effort to resume contract talks with Cole, whose contract is about to run out, the Mail added.
Blackpool Wants Welbeck
The 19-year-old is scheduled to go back to Preston on loan but the prospect of playing in the top division may give Blackpool an advantage in signing him, the paper added.