The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
“Both clubs shoved figures back and forth but we opted to hold on to Andre,” the Sun cited Leverkusen Chief Executive Officer Wolfgang Holzhauser as saying. “He’s too important for us on the pitch.”
AC Milan is considering a loan move for Liverpool striker Andy Carroll after his name came up when the clubs were discussing midfielder Alberto Aquilani’s return to Anfield following a year in Milan, the Daily Mail reported.
Separately, Liverpool had a bid rejected for Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero, the same newspaper reported.
Roberto Mancini is close to signing a new Manchester City contract even though the Russian Football Union is lining up an offer worth 6.5 million pounds ($10 million) a year for him to coach the Russia national team, the Sun reported.
Mancini’s lawyers are going through the small-print on a new four-year agreement with the Premier League champion before the Italian signs it, the Sun added.
The Guatemalan is set to agree to a pre-contract with Wigan, and could become the first player from his country to play in the Premier League if he can get a work permit.
Italian club Fiorentina made a bid for Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh, who scored one goal for the Gunners last season, the Mail reported.
Chamakh had been linked with a move to former club Bordeaux, although a deal didn’t happen, the Mail added.
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