The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Juventus Chases Van Persie
Juventus may offer as much as 25 million pounds ($40 million) for Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, the Daily Mirror reported, saying his agent has held talks with the Italian club.
Van Persie, who was named the U.K. Footballer Writers’ Footballer of the Year last weekend, could be offered a four-year deal including a 5 million pound signing fee, the paper said.
The Dutch player is also on the radar of other European clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City.
Reading’s Palace Raid
Reading may spend as much as 8 million pounds on Crystal Palace players Wilfried Zaha and Nathaniel Clyne, the Daily Mirror reported. Both may get selected for the British Olympic football squad.
Fergie Keen on Hazard
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson wants to sign Lille midfielder Eden Hazard, the Daily Mail reported.
“He is a very good player and has a lot of qualities,” the paper quoted Ferguson as saying. “He is particularly fast over the first ten yards,” said the United manager, who watched the 21-year-old play against Lyon recently.
Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are also interested in Hazard, the Mail said.
Emmanuel Adebayor’s loan spell at Tottenham Hotspur may not be made permanent after the club’s recent poor run of form, the Daily Mirror reported.
The striker, who is on loan from Manchester City, had a “frank exchange of views” with Spurs manager Harry Redknapp, the paper said.
Redknapp had suggested earlier on in the season that he’d like to sign the Togo player on a permanent basis but Spurs’ recent slump, winning only one game in the past nine, has made him change his mind, the paper said.