AC Milan Wants Didier Drogba, City’s Adebayor, Mirror Says: Soccer Roundup

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

Striker Search

AC Milan has targeted Didier Drogba and Emmanuel Adebayor in its search for a big-name striker, the Daily Mirror said.

Milan may offer Chelsea 10 million pounds ($16 million) for the 33-year-old Drogba, the Mirror said. If that bid fails, Milan will turn its attention to Adebayor, who spent part of last season on loan at Real Madrid from Manchester City, the newspaper said.

Chelsea Return?

Guus Hiddink is ready to quit as Turkey national team manager to over at Chelsea, the Sun said.

Hiddink has had enough of international soccer and wants to return to club management as the replacement for the fired Carlo Ancelotti, the Sun said. He expects to open formal talks with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich next week, following Turkey’s Euro 2012 qualifier in Belgium tomorrow, the newspaper said.

Higuain Heads Up

Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City have been alerted that Real Madrid may be willing to sell striker Gonzalo Higuain for just 15 million pounds, the Daily Mail said.

Higuain scored 13 goals in 25 games last season, when he missed four months with a back injury.

Not Quitting

Dimitar Berbatov wants to stay at Manchester United after being left out of the squad for the Champions League final, the Mirror said.

Berbatov said that being dropped has made him more determined to win back his place, the Mirror said. Newcastle, Bayern Munich and Dortmund are interested in the striker, the newspaper said.

Sneijder Replacement?

Inter Milan will make Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas its top summer target if Wesley Sneijder leaves for Manchester United, Metro said.

Inter is already preparing for Sneijder’s departure and have also identified Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger as a possible replacement, Metro said.

Chelsea Rejected

Chelsea has had a “substantial” offer rejected for Palermo playmaker Javier Pastore, the Mail said.

Palermo has put a price of 44 million pounds on Pastore and club president Maurizio Zamparini said that five of six teams, including Manchester City, are interested, the Mail said.

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