Barcelona Resists $70 Million Fabregas, Telegraph Says: Soccer Roundup

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Barcelona Balks

Barcelona President Sandro Rosell said the club won’t pay Arsenal 50 million euros ($70.4 million) for Cesc Fabregas, the Daily Telegraph reported.

“If we offered Arsenal 40 million euros for Cesc last summer, 50 million is now impossible,” Rosell was quoted as saying. “If the coach demands Cesc we will negotiate with the Gunners but at a correct limit and without madness.”

Van Nistelrooy Talks

Blackburn is in talks with Ruud van Nistelrooy’s advisers about signing the striker from Hamburg on a free transfer, the Daily Mirror reported.

The 34-year-old may accept a “lucrative” offer from the Premier League club if it avoids relegation, the Mirror said.

Mourinho’s Money

Jose Mourinho would demand a 20 million pound ($32 million) salary, double his Real Madrid income, to coach a Premier League team, the Daily Express reported.

Two teams in the top half of the standings were told of the requirement when they sounded out his availability, the Express said, without identifying them.

Capello’s Reserves

England coach Fabio Capello “has risked the wrath” of fans by saying he plans to send out a team of reserves in an exhibition against Ghana in two days, the Daily Mail reported.

Manchester City’s Gareth Barry could captain the national team for the game at Wembley, according to the Independent.

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