Barcelona Plans $103 Million Bid for Torres, Daily Mirror Says: Roundup

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Barca Wants Torres

Barcelona is preparing a 70 million-pound ($103 million) offer for Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, the Daily Mirror said.

New Barca president Sandro Rossell has a close relationship with Torres and is determined to bring him to the Nou Camp “at all cost,” the Mirror said. That could affect the club’s effort to add Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas as it may struggle to sign both players, the newspaper said.

Chelsea and Manchester City are also interested in Torres, the Mirror said.

Chiellini Bid

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson will make a 25 million-pound bid for Italy and Juventus center-back Giorgio Chiellini, the Sun said.

Ferguson wants the 25-year-old in case he loses Nemanja Vidic, who has been linked with a move to rival Manchester City, the Sun said.

Benayoun Moving

Chelsea is closing in on a 6.5 million-pound agreement with Liverpool for Yossi Benayoun, the Daily Mail said.

Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez was reluctant to sell the midfielder to the Blues for less than 10 million pounds and had a 7.5 million offer from CSKA Moscow, the Mail said. Benayoun didn’t want to relocate to Russia and has provisionally agreed to a four-year contract with the Premier League champion, the newspaper said.

Liverpool Exodus

Ryan Babel, Albert Riera and Philipp Degen could be among the players following Benayoun out of Liverpool, the Times said.

The three are up for sale as Liverpool continues its search for a manager, the Times said. The futures of captain Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and Javier Mascherano are also in doubt after the Reds missed out on next season’s Champions League.

Hart to Hull?

Former Portsmouth and Crystal Palace manager Paul Hart could be named the new Hull coach by the weekend, the Mirror said.

Hull is turning to Hart because it’s unable to buy out Dave Jones’s 750,000 pounds-per-year contract at Cardiff and match his salary because of debt problems, the Mirror said.

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