The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers with clickable links to the Web.
Manchester United will give striker Dimitar Berbatov a one-year contract extension, the Sun said.
The Bulgarian was planning to leave the club after the season because he’s struggling to get into the lineup, the newspaper said. United have activated a clause that extends the 31-year-old’s contract at the same 100,000 pounds ($158,000) a week salary, the Sun said.
Jousting for Jovetic
United, Chelsea and Manchester City are trying to sign Fiorentina striker Stefan Jovetic, the Daily Star said.
The clubs all sent scouts to the Italian side’s last match to watch the Montenegro national team player, who has a 40 million-pound buyout clause, the newspaper said. He would probably cost 10 million less, the Star said.
Jovetic’s contract lasts until 2016, but his agent is telling teams that he’s ready to move, the newspaper said.
Terry Wants to Play
Chelsea defender John Terry still wants to play for the national side this year, the Daily Mail said.
Terry was stripped of the England captain’s job because of accusations that he racially abused an opponent. He told coach Fabio Capello that he would be available to play in the European Championships this summer, the newspaper said.
Arsenal will try to beat Chelsea to the signature of Lille winger Eden Hazard after the season, the Sun said.
Gunners manager Arsene Wenger expressed his interest in the player, who would cost 30 million pounds, the newspaper said. The manager said he liked the 21-year-old’s “creative ability, his talent for unbalancing opponents, his vision of the game,” the Sun said.
Former Queens Park Rangers coach Neil Warnock will meet with the club’s management today to try to end a 1 million-pound pay dispute, the Mail said.
Warnock was fired last month and replaced by former Fulham and Manchester City manager Mark Hughes, and he wants the west London club to pay the rest of his salary, the newspaper said. He had 18 months left on his agreement when he was fired, the Mail said.