The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Sergio Ramos Bid
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is considering spending 35 million euros ($49 million) to sign Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, the Mirror said.
The Russian billionaire may struggle to get the right-back to leave Madrid, where he’s vowed to end his career, the newspaper said. Chelsea wants Ramos to replace Jose Bosingwa, the Mirror said.
Juventus sporting director Giuseppe Marotta criticized Chelsea for offering to pay Brazilian teenager Lucas Piazon 870,000 pounds ($1.4 million) a year, the Daily Mail said.
The 17-year-old may move to London from Brazil after his birthday next January in an agreement worth as much as 8 million pounds, the newspaper said.
The Italian club looked to be the frontrunner in negotiations for the player but Marotta said it is “actually proud” of not signing him because it would have be “unethical” to pay so much, the Mail reported.
The Italian got out of his car and had a confrontation with supporters, the newspaper said.
Aston Villa defenders Richard Dunne and James Collins were fined two weeks’ wages after a “fracas” during a team-bonding exercise at a health spa, the Guardian said.
An argument occurred after manager Gerard Houllier left, the newspaper said, adding the players’ union prevented Villa fining the pair more than a combined 200,000 pounds.
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