Chelsea to Target Real’s Higuain, Sun Says: Soccer Roundup

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

Striker Moves

Chelsea will offer 35 million pounds for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, a bid that the Spanish club might accept because it’s looking to sign Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, the Sun said.

The London club is looking for a replacement for Didier Drogba, who may leave after the season, the newspaper said. By selling Higuain to his former club, Real manager Jose Mourinho may get funds to make an unsolicited bid for Aguero, the Sun said.

Junior’s Advance

Sunderland will compete with Bayern Munich and Marseille to sign Blackburn’s Junior Hoilett should the player’s club be relegated to the Championship this season, the Daily Mail said.

The Canadian has been with Blackburn since he was 13, and scouts from several clubs have watched him play this season, the newspaper said.

Villa Choices

Aston Villa may try to sign Norwich manager Paul Lambert should the Birmingham club fire Alex McLeish, the Sun said.

Villa has won just once in 13 matches and is just three points above the relegation zone. Club officials will review McLeish’s performance whether the team is relegated or not, the newspaper said.

Mancini Safe

Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini said he won’t be fired if the club fails to win the Premier League after spending hundreds of millions on new players, the Guardian said.

The Italian’s contract has a year remaining, and Mancini said he’s “not worried about it,” the newspaper said. City plays Manchester United next week in a match that may decide the title.

Hargreaves Leaving

Owen Hargreaves will leave Manchester City after the season after playing only four times this season, the Guardian said.

Hargreaves was on a pay-as-you-go contract with City and hasn’t played in the first team since an F.A. Cup loss to United in January, the newspaper said.

The 31-year-old may not be ready to retire, the newspaper said.

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