Arsenal’s Samir Nasri Ready to Play Out Contract, Guardian Says: Roundup
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Samir Nasri is content to see out the final year of his Arsenal contract if the Gunners don’t receive a big enough offer to tempt manager Arsene Wenger into selling the French midfielder, the Guardian reported.
Arsenal, which risks Nasri leaving as a free agent next year, already dismissed an opening offer from Manchester United said to be about 20 million pounds ($32 million), reinforcing the view at Old Trafford that Wenger won’t sell to any of Arsenal’s Premier League rivals, the Guardian said.
Valencia midfielder Juan Mata is one of the top targets and the Gunners have already opened discussions with the Spanish club about a possible 21 million-pound deal, the Mail said.
On the Outer
Emmanuel Adebayor consulted lawyers about bringing a case for constructive dismissal against Manchester City after the Togolese striker was ostracized from the first-team squad along with at least six teammates, the Sun reported.
Adebayor said he received an e-mail telling him to report for pre-season training on July 9, the day after the first team is scheduled to leave for a tour of the U.S., the Sun added.
“It’s clear they don’t want me here but no one even called,” the newspaper cited Adebayor as saying. “And I heard this was the same with at least six other players.”
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said midfielder Luka Modric has been unsettled by the interest shown in him by clubs in the Premier League’s top five, the Daily Telegraph reported. Modric was told two days ago by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy that he wouldn’t be allowed to leave, the newspaper said.
“The kid is a bit confused at the moment and it’s not been easy for him,” the Telegraph cited Redknapp as saying. “I’d be telling you lies if I said he’s happy and he doesn’t want to go and play for whoever wants him. But he signed a contract here, we love him here and we want him here.”
Arsenal and Barcelona hit an impasse in negotiations for the transfer of Cesc Fabregas because of an argument over compensation payments for two of the Catalan club’s academy players, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Jon Toral and Hector Bellerin will join Arsenal from Barcelona’s academy and the European champion claims that its offer for Fabregas should take into account its valuations for the two players, the newspaper added.
Leicester City offered Owen Hargreaves the chance to resurrect his career if the 30-year-old midfielder can prove his fitness, the Mail reported.
Leicester manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, Hargreaves’s former coach with the England national team, invited him to join the Championship club, the Mail said. Hargreaves is a free agent after being released by Manchester United, where injuries restricted him to 39 appearances, the newspaper added.
Away From Anfield
Liverpool is ready to quit Anfield for a new stadium and will need to sell naming rights to the ground to finance the move, the Daily Mirror reported.
Fenway Sports Group, the club’s owner, is under pressure to make a decision quickly with planning rights only extended until September, the Mirror said.
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