The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. media, with clickable links to the Web.
Aguero for City
City hopes to sign the Atletico Madrid striker this week after agreeing on a 38 million-pound ($62 million) fee with his club, the Daily Mail said.
Staying at Arsenal?
Samir Nasri, a target for Manchester City, told Arsenal he’s staying at the club for the coming season, according to the Daily Star.
The chances of Cesc Fabregas remaining at the Gunners have increased, the Star added, as the player has been “less than impressed” by Barcelona’s attitude toward signing him.
Toon Targets Defoe
Pardew will move for the England player if he fails to recruit Mevlut Erding from Paris Saint-Germain.
Blues Hit by Freeze
Birmingham is struggling to pay its bills and may have to sell more players to survive, the Daily Mirror reported.
Owner Carson Yeung’s assets have been frozen pending a money-laundering court case in Hong Kong. He’s denied wrongdoing.
Chelsea players have closed ranks to try to protect striker Fernando Torres after manager Andre Villas-Boas said the media had an “obsession” with the 50 million-pound Spaniard, the Mail reported.
Petr Cech and John Terry said Torres is one of the best strikers in the world, even though he’s scored only one goal since moving from Liverpool in January.
Aquilani Loan Deal
Liverpool agreed to send “flop” midfielder Alberto Aquilani on a season-long loan to Fiorentina, the Sun reported. The Italian, 27, spent the last campaign at Juventus.
Striker Marcos Bueno, an under-17 World Cup winner with Mexico, has joined the Reds from Pachuca.
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