Manchester City Close to Landing Arsenal’s Nasri, Daily Mail Says: Roundup

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

Done Deal?

Manchester City officials say they believe the club landed Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri for 19 million pounds ($30 million), the Daily Mail said.

The deal is near completion and comes after Carlos Tevez stated his desire to leave the Eastlands club, the Mail said. City signed former Arsenal defender Gael Clichy two days ago.

Nasri has a year left on his contract with Arsenal and has rejected a 90,000 pounds-per-week offer.

Maximum Value

City has told Tevez he can go, but only for 50 million pounds, the Daily Mirror said.

Tevez said wants to leave for family reasons and City is determined to get the maximum value for him, the Mirror said.

Real Madrid, Juventus and Inter Milan are seen as Tevez’s only options, but there are few clubs willing or able to meet City’s valuation and pay 200,000 pounds per week in wages, the newspaper said.

Aguero Interest

City may also revive its interest in Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero, the Daily Telegraph said.

Atletico is resigned to losing Aguero, who has a 41 million-pound release clause in his contract, the Telegraph said. Juventus is the only club to have made a firm offer for the 23-year-old, the newspaper said.

Modric’s Demand

Luka Modric will tell Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy he wants a move to Chelsea when the two meet today, the Sun said.

Modric, 25, is adamant he wants to leave Spurs even after signing a new six-year contract two months ago, the Sun said. Chelsea has already had a 22 million-pound bid rejected, the newspaper said.

QPR for Cole?

Queens Park Rangers is set to make an offer for West Ham striker Carlton Cole, the Guardian said.

Cole, 27, has two years remaining on his contract and relegated West Ham would listen to bids of around 6 million pounds, or even consider a further payment if QPR avoids relegation in its first season back in the Premier League, the Guardian said.

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