Arsenal Discusses Loan for Llorente, Mail Says: Soccer Roundup

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Llorente Loan

Arsenal has discussed taking Spanish striker Fernando Llorente on loan from Italian champion Juventus in January, the Daily Mail reported.

Llorente, 28, has struggled to get in Juve’s lineup ahead of Carlos Tevez and needs regular games to ensure his place in Spain’s squad for next year’s World Cup, the newspaper added.

Wenger Plans

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, whose contract expires after this season, plans to stay in English soccer for the rest of his career, the London Evening Standard reported.

“I can see the rest of my life in England, why not?” the Standard cited Wenger as saying. “I feel comfortable in this country because we share a common passion for football and as well I am very thankful for this country for having accepted me and giving me a chance.”

Mancini Target

Galatasaray manager Roberto Mancini wants to sign Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia for 12.5 million pounds ($20 million) in January, the Daily Express reported.

Mancini may face competition from Everton, which is interested in the Ecuadorian as a makeweight if it trades Leighton Baines to United, the Express added.

Richards Move

Newcastle United is planning a January move to sign Manchester City defender Micah Richards, the Sun reported.

Richards, 25, was offered an improved four-year contract by City in the offseason and the full-back wants assurances he has a future under new manager Manuel Pellegrini, the Sun added.

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

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