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Rodgers knows the 21-year-old Italian well, having first coached Borini in Chelsea’s youth team and then taking him on loan at Swansea, the Mirror added.
United’s chief scout Jim Lawlor flew to Brazil two days ago as the club tries to secure Moura’s signature before he plays for Brazil in a pre-Olympic Games exhibition match next week, the Mail said. United may include Brazil midfielder Anderson as part of the package, the paper added.
Manchester United will offer Darren Fletcher a non-playing role at the club if the Scottish midfielder fails to recover from a chronic bowel condition that has sidelined him since November, the Daily Telegraph reported.
“Obviously he has got great challenges ahead and we are happy to be patient with him but he won’t be starting the season,” the newspaper cited United manager Alex Ferguson as saying. “If it doesn’t work for him he knows he has a position in the club anyway.”
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas wants to sign Atletico Madrid striker Adrian Lopez, who has a 16 million-pound release clause in his contract, the Mirror reported.
The arrival of Lopez, who scored 15 goals last season, would put Jermain Defoe’s future at Spurs in doubt, with Reading keen to sign the England striker, the newspaper added.
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