Manchester United, Arsenal Eyeing Barcelona's Bojan, Mirror Says: Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from European newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.

Bojan Alert

Barcelona striker Bojan Krkic is looking to leave Spain, and Arsenal and Manchester United are monitoring the situation, the Daily Mirror said.

The 20-year-old has been mainly used as a substitute this season, and may be valued at 15 million pounds ($24 million), the newspaper said.

Barton’s Punch

Newcastle’s Joey Barton may face punishment from the Football Association after punching Morten Gamst Pedersen during last night’s 2-1 loss to Blackburn, the Daily Mirror said.

Television replays showed the two players brushed shoulders as they passed before Barton delivered a blow to Pedersen’s stomach that sent the Blackburn player to the ground. Referee Mike Jones did not punish Barton for the incident.

Spurs Linked to Forlan

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp may bid for Atletico Madrid’s Diego Forlan in an effort to strengthen his front line, the Daily Mail said.

Redknapp is keen to add a world-class striker after missing out on Sevilla’s Luis Fabiano this summer, the Mail said. Real Madrid has also made a move for ex-Manchester United player Forlan, who was named the top player at this year’s World Cup, the newspaper said.

Sneijder Sick

Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder has been diagnosed with anemia after fainting at half time in the 1-1 draw with against Brescia last weekend, The Sun said.

The 26-year-old player went home to the Netherlands for a second opinion and didn’t play against Lecce yesterday, also a 1-1 tie. He says his “whole body is exhausted,” the Sun said.

De Jong Targeted

Nigel de Jong may leave Manchester City for Turkey’s Fenerbahce after being criticized for his tackling, the Daily Mail said.

City coach Roberto Mancini likes the midfielder, but the Dutchman may want to get away from the media coverage in England, the newspaper said.

Ollie’s Threat

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway threatened to quit football if the Premier League tries to fine him for making 10 lineup changes in last night’s last-minute 3-2 loss at Aston Villa, the Daily Express said.

“I would pack it in,” the Express quoted Holloway as saying. “They can’t fine me for that. Let some person from the Premier League tell me how to do my job? I am serious.”

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