The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Aguero for City
Aguero is willing to take a pay cut to join the English team, which is offering him about 160,000 pounds ($257,000) a week, the newspaper said. He makes about 6 million pounds a year after tax in Spain, the newspaper said.
Bendtner in Blue?
Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner may move to Everton on loan, the Daily Mail said.
The 23-year-old didn’t travel with the Gunners on their pre-season Asian tour as he marketed himself to other clubs, the newspaper said. Benfica isn’t ready to match Arsenal’s asking price of 11 million pounds. Everton isn’t either, but it may be able to work out a loan for the player, the newspaper said.
Blackburn’s new owners have been told to cut the team’s overdraft before spending money on new signings, the Mirror said.
The Venky family was planning to sign new players to challenge for the Champions League, Europe’s biggest club competition, the newspaper said. The family spent 25 million pounds for the club and have an 18 million-pound overdraft in the form of a mortgage, the Mirror said.
Instead of bringing new players in, Blackburn may be forced to sell captain Chris Samba, a defender, to Arsenal or Tottenham, the newspaper said.
Slobodan Rajkovic will play for Chelsea on its Asian tour, giving supporters a first view of a defender signed six years ago, the Sun said.
The 22-year-old, signed for 4 million pounds in 2005, hasn’t been able to get a work permit in the U.K., the newspaper said.
The team has spent 47 million pounds on midfielders since the end of last season, and may start to get rid of players including Milan Jovanovic, Maxi Rodriguez and Joe Cole, the newspaper said.
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