The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Representatives of AS Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi are seeking an 18 million pound ($29 million) move to Manchester United, the Daily Telegraph reported.
De Rossi, who’s made 63 appearances for Italy, is keen to leave the club where he’s played since he was a boy because of problems in his private life. Roma’s vice-captain, who has also sparked the interest of Real Madrid, has separated from his wife, while his father-in-law was shot and killed in a gangland revenge attack, the Telegraph said.
Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani may sign a permanent contract with Juventus at the end of the season following a loan spell at the Italian club, the Daily Mirror reported.
Aquilani returned to Serie A in August after just one season in the Premier League.
Guus Hiddink may leave his job as Turkey manager should the team fail to qualify for next year’s European Championships, the Sun reported.
“I’m trying to make a better Turkey team,” the paper quoted the former Holland and Chelsea manager as saying. “If I can’t do that, I’ll ask the chairman to sack me.”
Hiddink, who led Chelsea to F.A. Cup glory in 2009, turned down an approach by the London club in November to become director of football.
Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt may extend his contract with the Premier League club until 2014, the Sun reported.
Kuyt, 30, has two years left on his contract. He’ll agree on a new deal when he returns from playing for the Netherlands, the paper said.
“With Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll arriving, we’re stronger,” the paper quoted Kuyt as saying. “I reckon the club will reinforce in the summer. This helps my belief we’ll play for trophies again.”
Manchester United is close to signing 16-year-old Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez for 3 million pounds, the Daily Mirror reported.
Henriquez, who currently plays for Universidad de Chile, is regarded as one of the best emerging talents in Latin America, the paper said.