The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
City Chasing Paulinho
The 24-year-old Corinthians player has represented Brazil eight times. Since he joined the Sao Paulo team, Corinthians have won the Brazilian title and the Copa Libertadores, which is the South American equivalent of Europe’s Champions League.
The 26-year-old Portuguese winger, whose contract with United expires in 2014, has not played since he was taken off during a Champions League match against Braga last month.
Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger is also keeping an eye on Kevin Strootman of Dutch side PSV, who may cost as much as 20 million pounds.
Foreign players who play in the Premier League may be given a crash course in English culture following several race-related incidents on the pitch this year, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported.
The lessons are among measures proposed in a 93-page so- called “anti-discrimination action plan” drawn up by the Football Association, the BBC said.
Ba Says Bye
Newcastle player Demba Ba is likely to leave the club in the first week of January after he turned down an offer to earn 70,000 pounds a week, the Daily Mirror reported.
Ba may be sold to Arsenal or Liverpool for 7 million pounds, and could be replaced by Marseille player Loic Remy, the paper said.
Ba, who has scored ten times in 17 matches this season, earns 60,000 pounds a week including basic pay and appearance money. His representatives are looking for a weekly wages of 80,000 pounds a week, which Newcastle boss Mike Ashley isn’t willing to pay.
Southampton may sign Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez for 2 million pounds, the Daily Mail reported.
Sanchez, 26, joined Chilean club Rangers this summer, after failing to agree on a deal with Bolton. He’s currently on loan at French club Valenciennes.
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