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Man. United Plans $31 Million Bid for Marchisio: Soccer Roundup

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

Marchisio Move

Manchester United is planning a 20 million-pound bid ($31 million) for Juventus playmaker Claudio Marchisio in the offseason and may use Portuguese winger Nani as part of the deal, the Daily Mirror reported.

Marchisio has told friends he would be willing to move to the Premier League if the two clubs can agree on transfer terms, the newspaper added.

Pre-Contract Deal

Bayer Leverkusen forward Andre Schurrle has probably already signed a pre-contract agreement to join Chelsea, the Sun reported, citing the German club’s general manager, Wolfgang Holzhauser.

“It all depends on whether we let him go,” the Sun cited Holzhauser as saying. “We have received a concrete offer for a fee which we are considering. But the price alone is not decisive. We must also have alternatives.”

McCarthy Targeted

Chelsea and Arsenal are considering an offseason move for Wigan midfielder James McCarthy, the Independent reported.

McCarthy, 22, is said to be open to the possibility of a transfer for the sake of his career though is not desperate to leave Wigan, the newspaper added.

Packing for Return?

Jose Mourinho was spotted buying boxes and packaging in an Ikea furniture store, increasing speculation that the Real Madrid coach is set to leave Spain and return to England as Chelsea manager, the Guardian reported.

Mourinho wants former Blackburn manager Steve Kean to join his coaching team if he returns to Stamford Bridge and also plans to bring ex-Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic back to the club from Benfica, the Daily Mirror reported.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dan Baynes in Sydney at dbaynes@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net

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