The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Palermo is trying to drive up the price that Chelsea might pay for Javier Pastore by claiming Paris St. Germain may bid for the player, the Daily Mirror said.
PSG, recently purchased by the Qatari Investment Authority, may be willing to pay the 44 million pounds ($72 million) that Palermo wants, the newspaper said.
The midfielder is also getting interest from Spanish clubs, the newspaper reported.
United Finished Buying?
United takes on Manchester City next month in the Community Shield match to start the season. United signed midfielder Ashley Young, defender Phil Jones and goalkeeper David de Gea in the offseason.
Arsenal may sell defender Emmanuel Eboue to Galatasaray for 4 million pounds as manager Arsene Wenger raises funds to buy a replacement for captain Cesc Fabregas, the Guardian said.
The manager is willing to sell Eboue after several poor performances last season, including giving up a late penalty against Liverpool that cost the Gunners two points, the newspaper said.
Jay-Emmanuel Thomas may move to Ipswich, and fellow striker Nicklas Bendtner has had talks with Borussia Dortmund, the Guardian said. Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is drawing interest from Atletico Madrid, Malaga and Fenerbahce, the newspaper said.
Liverpool’s player of the year, Lucas Leiva, wants to leave the club, the Sun said.
He wants to quit after Liverpool paid 49 million pounds to bring in Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam, the newspaper said.
The trio join Lucas, Steven Gerrard, Joe Cole and at least seven other midfielders, and the 24-year-old Brazilian isn’t willing to sit on the bench, the newspaper said.
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