The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the web.
Balotelli for Milan?
If the teams fail to agree on a price, there is an outside chance the striker could join Milan on loan, the Guardian said.
Chelsea’s Ashley Cole is the world’s highest-paid defender after negotiating a one-year contract extension worth almost 200,000 pounds ($317,500) per week, the Daily Mail reported.
The 32-year-old left-back was attracting interest from Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, according to the Mail.
Newcastle has agreed to pay the French club 6.7 million pounds for the 23-year-old France international, the Mirror said.
The Reds are chasing Coutinho, 20, after negotiations to sign Blackpool’s Thomas Ince collapsed, according to the Mirror.
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