The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
United wants to keep the 23-year-old and is offering to triple his wages to 75,000 pounds a week after a debut season in which he scored 20 goals, the Sun said.
Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola wants to sign Chelsea full- back Ashley Cole for about 12 million pounds, the Daily Mirror reported.
Chelsea refused to sell Cole when Real Madrid tried to acquire him last summer, the Mirror said.
Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala is willing to offer Cole, 30, a 200,000 pounds a week contract to acquire the England player, according to the Sun.
Contract talks between Chelsea and striker Didier Drogba are on hold, raising the possibility of the 33-year-old leaving the club when his current deal expires at the end of the season, the Times reported.
Drogba wants a two-year deal, while the Blues are only prepared to offer a one-year extension, the newspaper said.
Wright said in a column that soccer authorities must raise the technical standards of younger players.
Rooney was dismissed for kicking Montenegro’s Miodrag Dzudovic in last week’s qualifier.
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