Chelsea Targets Chilean Teenager, Mail Reports: Soccer Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers with clickable Internet links.

Teen Target

Chelsea is trying to sign 17-year-old Chilean midfielder Cristian Cuevas, who is valued at 3.4 million pounds ($5.3 million) by his club O’Higgins, the Daily Mail said.

The west London side has made a 2.2 million-pound offer but the Chilean team is holding out, the newspaper said. Chelsea has been following the teenager for several years, and he could join this summer, the Mail said.

Cuevas has played for Chile’s under-20 team, and his agent said a move to the U.K. is close, the newspaper reported.

Travel Strife

Tottenham may fine striker Emmanuel Adebayor for missing his deadline to return to Spurs after the Africa Cup of Nations, the Daily Mirror said.

Adebayor missed the 3 p.m. deadline on Feb. 8 to return, and his London club sent a private jet to bring him back as it had no fit strikers for last weekend’s game against Newcastle, the newspaper said.

Adebayor’s Togo team was eliminated the previous weekend, but the player was still in South Africa in midweek, the newspaper said.

Long Gone?

Lazio and Sevilla are considering bids for West Brom striker Shane Long, whose contract expires at the end of next season, the Mirror said.

The 26-year-old is also wanted by Liverpool, Newcastle and Tottenham, the newspaper said. West Brom will open negotiations to try to extend the contract of the player, who cost 6.5 million pounds from Reading in the middle of 2011, the newspaper said.

Liverpool Fears

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing says coach Brendan Rodgers has the entire squad playing for their futures after threatening to sell underperformers, the Sun said.

Downing took the warning to heart and has got back into the side, which struggled earlier in the season, the newspaper said. Rodgers’s warning was aimed at players including Downing, Jordan Henderson and Jose Enrique, the newspaper said.

Gazza Update

Arsenal forward Jack Wilshere is among players who chipped in to fund treatment for former England player Paul Gascoigne, who is undergoing therapy to deal with his alcoholism, the Sun said.

Gascoigne is in Arizona and faces a 100,000-pound bill after being placed in intensive care as he struggles with detoxification, the newspaper said. The 45-year-old may be in the hospital for months, the Sun said.

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