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Chelsea’s $234 Million Transfer Spree, Sun Reports: U.K. Soccer

Dec. 26 (Bloomberg) -- The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.

Chelsea Cash Pot

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will hand manager Andre Villas-Boas 150 million pounds ($234 million) to spend on new players, the Sun reported.

The cash may be spent on Napoli duo Edinson Cavani and Marek Hamsik, who’d cost a combined 80 million pounds, the newspaper said.

The first player to join the Blues in January will be Bolton defender Gary Cahill for 7 million pounds, the Sun said.

QPR’s Samba

Queen’s Park Rangers are planning to make an 8 million-pound bid for Blackburn’s central defender Christopher Samba, the Daily Mail reported.

Manager Neil Warnock has made a new defender a priority in the January transfer window after being told by the team’s owners he has up to 20 million pounds to spend, the newspaper said.

Giggs for Wales?

Wales wants Ryan Giggs to replace Gary Speed as manager of the national soccer team, the Sun reported.

Speed took his own life last month and Welsh officials won’t make an announcement before the New Year out of respect for the former manager’s family, the newspaper said.

Mancini’s New Contract

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini’s representatives have opened talks with the club about extending the Italian’s contract, the Mirror reported.

Mancini will become the Premier League’s highest paid manager with his new 5 million-pound annual contract, the newspaper said.

Bent Exit?

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish said he may consider selling England national team striker Darren Bent, the Daily Mirror reported.

QPR is interested in signing Bent, who cost 18 million pounds from Sunderland a year ago, the Mirror said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tariq Panja in London at tpanja@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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