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Real Madrid Joins Manchester United in Race for Rodwell: Soccer Roundup

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

Bid Battle for Rodwell?

Real Madrid joined Manchester United and Manchester City in the race to sign Everton’s Jack Rodwell, the Daily Mail reported.

United may bid as much as 15 million pounds ($24 million) for the 19-year-old, who can play in central midfield or at center-back. Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has asked his scouts to keep an eye on Rodwell’s progress, the paper said.

Nasri Barcelona-Bound?

Arsenal’s Samir Nasri may leave the London club for Barcelona this summer, the Daily Mirror reported.

“As things are right now, I am happy here and I have confidence from the manager,” the paper quoted the 23-year-old French midfielder as saying. “But things can change quickly in football and then we may have a new situation,” said Nasri, who has 15 months left on his contract.

Russian Swoop?

Russian Premier League side FC Krasnodar is targeting Tottenham Hotspur’s Niko Kranjcar and Barcelona winger Alexander Hleb, the Daily Mail reported.

The recently promoted Russian club, founded four years ago by a retail billionaire, may pay as much as 5 million pounds for Hleb, who is on loan this season at Birmingham. Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is likely to turn down an offer for Croatia international Kranjcar, the Mail said.

Suits Breed Success?

A soccer coach who wears suits on match days and a track suit on the training pitch is most likely to get the best performance out of his team, the Daily Telegraph reported, citing research by the University of Portsmouth.

“A coach in a suit suggests strategic prowess which is obviously ideal for a match,” the paper cited Portsmouth researcher Richard Thelwell as saying.

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