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Mascherano Says He’s Leaving Liverpool, Mail Says: Roundup

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

Leaving Liverpool

Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano has told new manager Roy Hodgson that he’s leaving the club, with Inter Milan ready to bid on the Argentina captain, the Daily Mail said.

Former Reds manager Rafael Benitez, now in charge at European champion Inter, is preparing a 25 million-pound ($39 million) offer, the Mail said.

Five Weeks

Jonathan Woodgate has five weeks earn a place in the Tottenham squad or face career limbo under new Premier League rules, the Daily Express said.

Clubs must name their 25-man squad on Aug. 31 and cannot change it until the transfer period opens Jan. 1, according to the new regulations. Spurs manager Harry Redknapp won’t hold a place for the oft-injured Woodgate in hope he gets fit in a few months, the Express said.


Mario Balotelli’s reported arrival at Manchester City may spark a series of moves as the club gets in line with the new squad rules, the Daily Mirror said.

City must release up to a dozen players to reach the 25-man limit, with eight required to fit the criteria of three years’ training in England before they turned 21, the Mirror said. Emmanuel Adebayor could be one of the first to go, with City ready to send him on loan to Juventus after just one season, the newspaper said.

Parker Bid

Tottenham wants to sign West Ham’s Scott Parker, but the east London club wants a 15 million-pound fee that doubles the value that Spurs have placed on the midfielder, the Daily Mirror said.

Harry Redknapp wants Parker before his team’s Champions League qualifying games next month and would be given only 8 million pounds to complete the signing, the Mirror said.

Back to Spain?

Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is wanted by Spanish club Osasuna, a move which may jump-start a move for Fulham’s Mark Schwarzer, the Mail said.

Almunia, who has also attracted attention from Atletico Madrid, hasn’t been told that manager Arsene Wenger is ready to replace him, the Mail said. Arsenal had an initial 2 million-pound offer for Schwarzer rejected last month, the newspaper said.

World Cup Regret

Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes regrets snubbing an offer to play for England at the World Cup, the Mail said.

Scholes, 35, quit international soccer about six years ago. He was asked by Franco Baldini, the right-hand man of England manager Fabio Capello, to rejoin the squad a day before it was announced.

“It wasn’t until a week before the tournament when you start seeing all the build-up and I thought maybe I’d made the wrong decision,” Scholes was quoted as saying by the Mail.

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