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Fernando Torres's Departure Lifts Cloud at Anfield, Comolli Says: Roundup

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

Bright New Sky

Liverpool’s new director of football, Damien Comolli, said the club’s 50 million-pound ($81 million) sale of Fernando Torres created “a bright new sky” by getting rid of a player who didn’t want to be at Anfield and adding Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez, the Sun said.

Torres annoyed some Liverpool executives by asking for a transfer close to the end of the trading window, but Liverpool was able to sell him and spend 57.8 million pounds on the new attackers, the newspaper said.

Lampard Dropped

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard will be replaced by Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere in the England lineup for this weekend’s Euro 2012 qualifying match with Wales, ending a streak of Lampard and Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard starting the country’s competitive games, the Mirror said.

Either Gerrard or Lampard, or sometimes both, have started every England match since the team was knocked out of the 2002 World Cup by Brazil, the newspaper said. Gerrard won’t play because of injury, and either Scott Parker or Gareth Barry will start.

Cahill Chase

Arsenal and Bayern Munich will try to buy Bolton defender Gary Cahill during the coming off-season, the Daily Mail said.

The teams sent scouts to watch the player during the 1-0 loss at Manchester United after Bolton manager Owen Coyle said the defender would “outgrow the club,” the newspaper said.

Chelsea Target

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti wants to buy Palermo midfielder Javier Pastore for 30 million pounds, half the value placed upon the Argentine midfielder by the Italian club, the Mirror said.

Pastore, 21, is also being followed by Barcelona and Real Madrid, the newspaper said. Ancelotti wants the player to help get better service for Torres, the Mirror said.

United Pipeline

Manchester United is working with Sao Paulo club Desportivo Brasil to find South American players, and had five teenagers at last week’s home game, the Mail said.

The players will visit the Dutch team, Twente, which will help develop them and get them European Union passports as part of United’s plans, the newspaper said. United wants to develop its own young players to avoid signing expensive established talent, the Mail said.

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