Real Madrid Plans to Sign Neymar After 2012 Olympics, Mirror Says: Roundup

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

Neymar Deal

Brazilian forward Neymar agreed to join for Real Madrid after the 2012 Olympics, the Daily Mirror said, citing reports in Brazil.

The 19-year-old has a 40 million-pound ($63 million) buyout clause in his contract with Santos, the Mirror said.

Blackburn Summit

The Venky’s Group, which owns Blackburn Rovers, is flying a group of fans to its headquarters in India to ask them about club issues, the Daily Mirror reported.

The popularity of the owners has fallen since they took charge of the club less than a year ago, the Mirror said.

Liverpool Target

Liverpool is interested in signing Bologna’s attacking midfielder Gaston Ramirez, the Sun reported.

The 20-year-old Uruguayan would cost about 10 million pounds in the January transfer window, the Sun said.

Modric Contract

Tottenham coach Harry Redknapp wants Luka Modric to sign a new deal, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Redknapp said Modric is “just getting on with it” after a prospective 40 million-pound move to Chelsea broke down during the offseason, the Telegraph said.

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