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Mancini Asks Silva to Help Lure Fabregas to City: Soccer Roundup

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

Helping Hand

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has asked striker David Silva for help in bringing Cesc Fabregas to Eastlands, the Sun reported.

Mancini believes Fabregas is the key to City’s winning the Premier League title and has made him his top summer target, the Sun said. He’s spoken to Silva, a close friend and Spanish national squad teammate of the Arsenal captain, about launching a 40 million-pound ($65 million) move and asked for any input he can give, the newspaper said.

Fabregas has been linked with a transfer to Barcelona the past few years and Real Madrid is also interested. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is adamant the midfielder will not leave, but another season without a trophy may lead to his departure, the Sun said.

Big Payday

Manchester United will offer to double Javier Hernandez’s contract after the Mexican’s big debut season, the Daily Mirror said.

Hernandez has scored 20 goals in helping United to the Champions League final and the verge of a record 19th English league title. He signed a four-year deal for about 25,000 pounds a week after joining United from Chivas Guadalajara for 7 million pounds.

Closing on Klose?

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce wants to sign Germany international Miroslav Klose, the Daily Mail said.

The 32-year-old Bayern Munich striker, who makes 120,000 pounds per week, is available on a free transfer. Bruce is desperate to wisely spend the 24 million pounds he got by selling Darren Bent and has made the first inquiries to Bayern and Klose’s agents, the Mail said.

Ready to Move

City’s on-loan striker Emmanuel Adebayor said he’s ready to move to Tottenham even though he’s suffered verbal abuse from the fans at White Hart Lane, the Daily Mirror said.

The former Arsenal striker was the target of Tottenham supporters when Real Madrid faced Spurs during the Champions League quarterfinals.

“I would go there and sign for them and listen to what they have to say to me,” Adebayor, who is available for about 15 million pounds, was quoted as saying.

Green Fears

England manager Fabio Capello has major concerns goalkeeper Robert Green will retire from international soccer, following Ben Foster’s decision this week to take an indefinite leave from playing for his country, the Independent said.

Green, 31, told the staff following an exhibition against Ghana in March, where he was an unused substitute, that he no longer wanted to be selected, the Independent said. Capello is hopeful that Foster’s withdrawal will convince Green he has a future as the backup to Joe Hart, the newspaper said.

Back to England?

Ruud van Nistelrooy has issued a “come and get me” plea to Premier League clubs in hopes of returning to England, the Daily Mail said.

Van Nistelrooy’s contract with Hamburg runs out after the season with Tottenham and Blackburn interested. The 34-year-old striker, who scored 150 goals in almost five years at Manchester United, is available on a free transfer, the Mail said.

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