The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
United Targets Modric, De Marcos
Manchester United is targeting Tottenham Hotspur’s Luka Modric, who is valued at 40 million pounds ($64 million), the Daily Star reported. United is the “firm favorite” to sign the midfielder this summer, ahead of Chelsea and Manchester City, the newspaper said.
United is also trying to sign Athletic Bilbao midfielder Oscar de Marcos, the Daily Mirror reported.
United manager Alex Ferguson is sending a scout to watch De Marcos play against Sporting Lisbon in the first leg of the Europa League semifinal tonight. De Marcos is valued at 26 million pounds.
Germans Chasing Dzeko
Dempsey to Roma?
The American, who has scored 16 goals this season, will be out of contract in 2013. Arsenal is also interested in Dempsey, the paper said.
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