City Plans to Give Mancini $35 Million Contract: Soccer Roundup

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

Mancini’s Contract

Manchester City wants to celebrate winning the Premier League by giving manager Roberto Mancini a four-year contract worth 22 million pounds ($35.5 million), the Sun reported.

City, which leads Manchester United on goal difference atop the standings heading into the final round of games, had planned to lift Mancini’s pay to 5.5 million pounds a year even if it failed to win the title, the Sun added.

Arsenal Agrees Deal

Arsenal has agreed a deal in principle to sign Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila for about 17 million pounds, the Daily Mail reported. M’Vila wants to join the Gunners regardless of their Champions League status next season, the newspaper added.

Vorm Wanted

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is preparing a goalkeeping overhaul and is lining up a move for Swansea City’s Michel Vorm, the Mail added.

Wenger wants an experienced ’keeper to provide competition for first-choice Wojciech Szczesny as Manuel Almunia will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season and Lukasz Fabianski will also be let go, either on a season-long loan or a permanent move, the paper added.

‘Water Into Wine’

Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen has urged the Amsterdam club not to price him out of an off-season transfer to Tottenham Hotspur, the Daily Telegraph reported.

“The board is asking a fair amount for a player who is only contracted for another year,” the Telegraph cited the 25- year-old as telling De Telegraaf newspaper. “I trust that Ajax and Spurs can turn water into wine and sort it out soon.”

Hodgson’s Choice

John Terry may be omitted from England’s Euro 2012 squad as manager Roy Hodgson weighs a choice between the Chelsea defender and Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand, the Independent reported.

Hodgson won’t take both to the tournament and is said to be considering leaving out Terry, whose removal as England captain prompted Fabio Capello’s departure as national team manager in February, the newspaper added.

Rovers Warning

Blackburn’s Indian owner Venky’s was warned the club was heading toward relegation from the Premier League six months ago by deputy chief executive officer Paul Hunt, who outlined a 10- point recovery plan including the firing of manager Steve Kean, the Guardian reported.

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