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Liverpool Planning Triple French Swoop, Sun Says: Roundup

April 19 (Bloomberg) -- The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.

Liverpool’s French Foray

Liverpool technical director Damien Comolli has identified Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Paris Saint-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho and Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila to bolster the Reds next season, the Sun reported.

The trio would cost between 45 million pounds ($73.2 million) and 55 million pounds, the newspaper said.

Liverpool would finance the signings by selling players including Alberto Aquilani. The Italian midfielder has spent this season on loan at Juventus a year after joining for 20 million pounds from Roma, the Sun added.

Wall Beaten

The Football Association may invoice Manchester United for damage to a wall in the Wembley locker-room that occurred after the team’s 1-0 F.A. Cup semifinal defeat to Manchester City last weekend, the Sun said.

The newspaper said someone “took out their frustrations” on the wall in the manager’s side of the dressing room during the trip to the London stadium.

Ben Arfa Back

Newcastle may get Hatem Ben Arfa back from his broken leg for the last three games of the season, the Daily Mail said.

The Frenchman has been out since suffering a double fracture following a challenge by Manchester City’s Nigel de Jong in October.

Carlo for Madrid?

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti could replace Jose Mourinho as Real Madrid coach, the Mail said.

Ancelotti is on a shortlist to take over from Mourinho, whose future looks uncertain amid strains with bosses and the Spanish media, the newspaper said.

Ancelotti’s own future at Chelsea is also in doubt. The Italian said he doesn’t know if he’ll be coaching the Blues next season.

Berbatov Doubts

There’s a question mark over the future of Manchester United’s Bulgarian forward Dimitar Berbatov following a poor performance in the F.A. Cup semifinal loss, the Daily Mirror said.

Berbatov has a year left on the contract he signed when he joined for a club record 30 million pounds in September 2008. He’s unsure if United will trigger a clause allowing the team to extend the deal by a further 12 months, the Mirror said.

Berbatov has been benched in recent matches as coach Alex Ferguson preferred to pair Wayne Rooney with Mexican forward Javier Hernandez. Berbatov will return to the sidelines for tonight’s match with Newcastle as Rooney is returning from suspension, the Mirror added.

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