The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Rooney was going to get a raise from his current 90,000 pounds ($144,000) a week salary after the World Cup, although now the player has held up talks, the newspaper said.
Juventus for Johnson?
The player is under contract until 2013, but the Italian club may try to take advantage of the unsettled ownership situation at Liverpool, the newspaper said.
Van der Sar Replacement?
Manchester United’s Ferguson watched Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor during Scotland’s 3-2 loss to Spain this week as part of the club’s search for a replacement for Edwin van der Sar, the Sun said.
McGregor would cost 7 million pounds, much less than other goalkeepers United is monitoring, the newspaper said.
The player will have an operation this weekend after Israeli doctors diagnosed the problem, which was dismissed as “something small” by Chelsea staff, the newspaper said.
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