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Wenger Aims for Mertesacker After Campbell Snub: Soccer Roundup

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

Arsenal Target Mertesacker

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger targeted Germany’s World Cup defender Per Mertesacker after Sol Campbell decided to snub the Gunners for newly-promoted Newcastle, the Daily Mirror reported.

A bid of about 10 million pounds ($15.6 million) may be enough to convince the 25-year-old’s club Werder Bremen to sell the center-back, the newspaper said.

If Mertesacker joins he’ll compete with Johan Djourou and Laurent Koscielny to partner Thomas Vermaelen in the North London team’s defense. Campbell spent the second half of last season with the Gunners and was offered a new one-year contract.

Tevez Sells City

Liverpool’s Fernando Torres would not regret a move to Premier League rival Manchester City, the Sun quoted City forward Carlos Tevez as saying.

Torres has been linked with a move away from Anfield, with Chelsea also discussed as an alternative destination for the Spain striker.

Tevez told the Sun he would “love to have him as a teammate,” and described his own move to City as “the best decision” he ever made.

City may not succeed in its pursuit of Torres after the striker indicated to new Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson he wants to stay with the Reds, the Daily Mail said.

Adebayor Suitors

Italy’s Juventus and French champion Marseille are considering offers for Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor, the Daily Mail said.

City may be open to a deal for the Togo national team player if it completes the 24 million-pound signing of Inter Milan’s Mario Balotelli, the newspaper said.

Parker Deal

West Ham will offer captain Scott Parker a club record contract worth 20 million pounds over five years to convince him to stay at Upton Park, the Daily Mail reported.

The 29-year-old midfielder is to be offered the deal to ward off interest from Tottenham, the newspaper said.

Arsenal Keeper Bid

Arsenal is considering a 5.5 million-pound offer for Fiorentina goalkeeper Federico Marchetti, the Sun reported.

Marchetti played in all three of Italy’s games at soccer’s World Cup after replacing the injured Gianluigi Buffon midway through the first match against Paraguay.

Liverpool Want Young

Liverpool’s Hodgson has agreed to a 2.5 million-pound fee for Aston Villa defender Luke Young, the Guardian said.

The Reds boss is looking to strengthen his defense following the departure of Fabio Aurelio and Emiliano Inusa’s imminent move to Fiorentina.

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