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Arsenal Looking to Sign Didier Drogba, Sun Says: Soccer Roundup

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

Gunners Move

Arsenal is trying to sign former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba from Shanghai Shenhua as the Chinese club’s owners face off in a dispute, the Sun said.

Gunners coach Arsene Wenger believes the 34-year-old Ivory Coast national team player can help replace Robin van Persie, the newspaper said. Van Persie joined Manchester United in the offseason.

Liverpool and Real Madrid have also been monitoring Drogba’s situation, the Sun said.

Terry Hearing

Chelsea defender John Terry’s Football Association hearing on charges that he racially abused Queen’s Park Rangers player Anton Ferdinand will be held Sept. 24, the Daily Mail said.

The player was cleared of charges in a U.K. court in July, and his F.A. hearing was delayed while the governing body appointed members to the three-person panel, the newspaper asid.

Liverpool Target

Liverpool is facing competition from Juventus to sign Luciano Vietto, an 18-year-old player at Racing Club Avellaneda, the Daily Mirror said.

The Argentine, who would cost about 4 million pounds ($6.4 million) to sign, has attracted the attention of scouts from several European teams, the newspaper said.

Van Persie Hurt

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie was taken off at halftime with a thigh injury during Holland’s 4-1 victory in Hungary, the Mail said.

Dutch coach Louis van Gaal said the substitution was a precautionary move, the Mail added. Van Persie has scored four times in three games for United.

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