The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Balotelli Headed for City
Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli is set to join Manchester City on a five-year deal for a transfer fee of as much as 29 million pounds ($45 million), the Daily Mail said.
Balotelli, 19, told friends he’s agreed on a 65,000 pounds a week contract at the Premier League club, the Mail said, citing reports in Italy. The transfer will take City’s spending this summer to close to 100 million pounds, the newspaper added.
Balotelli made his Inter Milan first-team debut under current City manager Roberto Mancini two-and-a-half years ago. He fell out of favor last season with fans and then-manager Jose Mourinho.
Liverpool’s Fernando Torres remains a target for Mancini, the Daily Mirror reported. The Spain striker, who is valued at 50 million pounds, has also sparked interested from Chelsea.
Ireland Out After Mancini Row
N’Gog Wage Demands
Liverpool is finding it hard to sell French striker David N’Gog because of his wage demands of 2 million pounds a year, the Daily Mirror reported. The club has put him up for sale for 6 million pounds as it tries to raise more money to buy new players.
Redknapp Keen on Keane
Keane, who joined Celtic on loan in January, scored the opening goal for Tottenham in a 2-2 draw with Sporting Lisbon during their summer campaign in New York.