The following is a roundup of soccer stories from European newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Exit for Wright-Phillips, Bridge?
The forward, who is asking for a pay deal closer to the 100,000 pounds ($161,000) per week that some of his teammates are earning, has only started three times under City manager Roberto Mancini this season. The 29-year-old is currently being paid 60,000 pounds a week on a deal that will expire in 2012.
The Daily Telegraph reported Mancini may also sell Wayne Bridge, who was bought from Chelsea for 12 million pounds in January 2009. Bridge has two-and-a-half years left on his 90,000 pound-a-week contract, the paper said.
City Chase Augusto
Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voeller seems to have resigned himself to the fact the Brazilian may be leaving, the newspaper said.
“This shows we have a good team here in Leverkusen,” the newspaper quoted the former Germany player as saying. “However, we cannot compete financially with the big European clubs.”
Stoke Bid For Lucas
Brazil’s Lucas, who has played the last six games for Liverpool, was nearly sold to Stoke in the summer, when then newly appointed Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson prevented a move just hours before the transfer deadline.
German Striker for Blackburn?
Rovers’ chief scout, Martin Glover, has watched the 21- year-old a number of times. Petersen last weekend scored his eighth goal in nine games for the second division Bundesliga side.
Napoli Turns Down United
Napoli is not interested in selling its strikers Marek Hamsik and Edinson Cavani to Manchester United, the Daily Express reported.
“I’ve read that Sir Alex Ferguson would like to buy Hamsik and Cavani for 40 million euros ($56 million) and I started to laugh,” the paper quoted Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis as saying. “Unfortunately, many people don’t realize it is important to keep your best players to be able to become champions.”
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