Manchester Clubs Target Iniesta, Express Says: Soccer Roundup

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

Iniesta Interest

Manchester United and Manchester City are interested in signing Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta, who is in talks with the Spanish champion about a new contract, the Daily Express reported.

The Premier League rivals will try to take advantage of the delay in Iniesta’s contract renewal by tempting the 29-year-old to leave the Camp Nou, the Express added.

Remy Deal?

Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy may complete a 6 million-pound ($9.6 million) permanent move to Newcastle United in January, the Daily Mirror reported.

The transfer fee would be on top of the 2 million pounds Newcastle is already paying to take the French forward on loan, and the Magpies can meet Remy’s wage demands, the Mirror added.

Vermaelen’s Future

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen said he may have to leave in January if he can’t win back his starting place as he seeks a spot on Belgium’s World Cup squad, the Daily Mail reported.

“I’ll have to think about that when it’s necessary,” the Mail cited Vermaelen as saying. “January is still a few months ahead. Of course, never playing will not be the ideal situation for me to go to the World Cup, that’s for sure.”

Rivals on Alert

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are alert to the potential availability of Brazil midfielder Hernanes, who’s unlikely to extend his contract with Italy’s Lazio, the Daily Star reported.

The London rivals are both considering January bids to tempt Lazio to sell Hernanes or face losing him for a cut-price fee when his current deal expires next season, the Star added.

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