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Abramovich Draws Up $393 Million Shopping List: Soccer Roundup

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

Shopping List

Chelsea’s billionaire owner Roman Abramovich has identified a striker, two fullbacks and an attacking midfielder as priority acquisitions and will present his new manager with a list of potential signings for an offseason spending spree, the Daily Mail reported.

Abramovich’s scouts have spent six months preparing dossiers that will save the permanent successor to Andre Villas-Boas time, the newspaper said. A new bid for Tottenham’s Luka Modric will be one of the options on a list valued at 247 million pounds ($393 million), the Mail added.

Vidic, Torres

Juventus, unbeaten in Serie A this campaign, wants to prepare for its return to the Champions League next season by signing Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidic and Chelsea’s Fernando Torres, the Daily Mirror reported.

The Italian club’s manager Antonio Conte has been promised transfer funds and has identified Vidic and Torres as his top targets in a package costing at least 50 million pounds, the newspaper added.

Retrospective Punishment

FIFA told the Football Association it can change its rules on retrospective punishment to avoid a repeat of the situation that allowed Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli to escape further sanction for a dangerous tackle, the Mirror reported.

Balotelli wasn’t censured for his studs-up tackle on Arsenal’s Alex Song because referee Martin Atkinson, who didn’t punish the Italian at the time, said in his report he had seen the incident, though hadn’t realized the severity of the challenge, the newspaper added.

Back to Bordeaux

Arsenal’s Marouane Chamakh has been told he can rejoin French club Bordeaux provided the Moroccan striker is prepared to take a pay cut, the Sun reported.

“I have spoken with Marouane and told him that he is welcome at Bordeaux and that we still have room for him,” the Sun cited Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud as saying. “The main problem will be financial because he has tasted the salaries in England and Arsenal will ask for a fee.”

Rookie Recall

Liverpool recalled rookie goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi from a loan spell at Hull City before its F.A. Cup semifinal against Everton on April 14 after suspensions left it shorthanded in the position, the Daily Express reported.

Hungarian Gulacsi, 21, will now be on the bench at Wembley Stadium having never played a first-team game for Liverpool, the newspaper added. A request to the Premier League for special dispensation to sign another goalie was rejected because Liverpool’s situation has been caused by red cards to Pepe Reina and Alexander Doni, the Express said.

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