Chelsea Will Start Hiddink Talks, Guardian Says: Roundup

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

Hiddink Approach

Chelsea will approach the Turkish soccer federation this week to secure the services of Guus Hiddink, who oversaw Turkey’s 1-1 draw in Belgium last week, the Guardian reported.

The move will lead to a period of negotiation over how much the Blues pay to release the Dutch coach from the last year of his contract, the Guardian reported.

O’Neill to Fulham?

Martin O’Neill is ready to end his 10-month exile from the Premier League by taking the Fulham coaching position, the Daily Mail reported.

The former Aston Villa coach has held preliminary talks with the London club, the Mail said.

Modric Fee

Manchester United must pay 20 million pounds ($32.8 million) to sign Tottenham’s Luka Modric, the Sun reported.

United coach Alex Ferguson sees the Croatian as an ideal replacement for Paul Scholes, who is retiring, the Sun said.

Cole to Spurs

Liverpool’s Joe Cole is set to sign for Tottenham for 3 million pounds, Metro reported.

Cole needs to agree personal terms and pass a medical test after the teams agreed a fee, Metro said.

Cesc ‘Swap’

Arsenal is being offered Barcelona teenager Thiago Alcantara in exchange for Cesc Fabregas as part of a 50 million pound deal, the Daily Mirror reported.

Alcantara is the son of former Brazil and Barcelona star Mazinho, the Mirror said.

Bojan Interest

Liverpool and Arsenal approached Barcelona about signing 20-year-old forward Bojan, the Daily Mail reported.

Bojan is keen to leave Barca after failing to earn a first-team berth, the Mail said. Liverpool would consider spending 17 million pounds to acquire him, according to the Mail.

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