The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
United Wants Diarra
Ferguson wants to strengthen his midfield with Owen Hargreaves struggling to overcome injury problems that have sidelined him for two years and Paul Scholes, 36, nearing the end of his career, the newspaper said.
Wolves Plan Keane Reunion
Manager Mick McCarthy feels signing the Ireland international may be difficult because of competition from other teams and costs associated with the move, the newspaper said.
“There are a lot of factors that need to be looked at,” McCarthy was cited as saying. “It is not just a question of whether I just want someone.”
Kaka to Chelsea?
Brazilian forward Kaka is “90 percent” certain to join Chelsea if he cannot get into the Real Madrid first team following an injury layoff, the Daily Mail reported.
Kaka has been sidelined since August after undergoing knee surgery. In his absence, Ozil has been given Kaka’s attacking midfield role.
Italian agent Ernesto Bronzetti is quoted by the Mail as saying Real’s 70 million-euro player would be priced out of a return to Italy, with champion Inter Milan reportedly interested.
“If he were to leave in June, he has a 90 per cent chance of going to Chelsea and not Inter,” the Mail cited Bronzetti as saying.
Mancini said the 20-year-old is struggling to adapt to life in England after joining from Inter Milan before the start of the season.
“I think maybe he could be homesick because he’s 20 and it’s his first time away from his family and it’s normal to miss your family,” Mancini said after Balotelli scored three times in yesterday’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa. “I don’t think it’s a long-term problem.”
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