The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
“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.
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.
Manchester City’s Gareth Barry could captain the national team for the game at Wembley, according to the Independent.
To contact the reporter on this story: Alex Duff in Madrid at email@example.com.