Barcelona Wants to Sign Drogba on Free Transfer: Soccer Roundup

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

Barca Wants Drogba

Barcelona is considering a move to sign Didier Drogba on a free transfer from Chelsea, the Sun reported.

The Spanish club wants to offer the Ivory Coast striker a two-year deal worth as much as 5 million pounds ($7.9 million) to leave Chelsea, which has offered Drogba a new two-year agreement to stay, the newspaper added.

Liverpool Limbo

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish returned from talks with the club’s U.S. owners with no guarantee that he will be in charge of the team next season, the Daily Telegraph reported.

The lack of a resolution after the meeting two days ago has led to uncertainty at the club and the prospect of an amicable parting of the ways, with Dalglish willingly stepping aside, is an unlikely solution, the newspaper added.

Only Option

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and chief executive officer Ivan Gazidis will tell Robin van Persie that his only option is to stay at the club when they meet the striker for contract talks, the Daily Mail reported.

The Gunners, who are ready to offer Van Persie a three-year deal worth 130,000 pounds a week plus a 5 million-pound signing-on fee, will tell him he must see out the final 12 months of his agreement if he rejects their proposal, the Mail added.

Modric Hint

Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric, who has been linked with Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, reignited doubt over his future by saying that he could leave Spurs after the European Championship, the Daily Mirror reported.

“I will decide about my future after the Euros,” the Mirror cited Modric as saying. “I will make the decision where to continue my career. I’m ready for the big tests.”

Di Matteo Offer

Chelsea’s interim manager Roberto Di Matteo has been approached by his former club Lazio to gauge his interest in becoming coach at the Italian team, the Daily Express reported.

Di Matteo’s future at Chelsea will be decided after the May 19 Champions League final with Blues owner Roman Abramovich still pursuing outgoing Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola and former England manager Fabio Capello, the Express said.

United Talks

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson held talks with Borussia Dortmund and Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Kagawa, who scored 17 goals this season as Dortmund won the Bundesliga and German Cup double, met for two hours with Ferguson in Manchester this week, the Telegraph said. The 23-year-old has one year left on his contract and has stalled over signing an extension to “think hard” about his future, the newspaper said.

Goal-line Technology

England’s Premier League may introduce goal-line technology during next season, the Guardian reported, citing chief executive officer Richard Scudamore.

“It is almost physically impossible for it to be in by the beginning of August, just in terms of FIFA not approving it until July,” Scudamore was cited as saying. “We want to do it but you cannot rush something in a few weeks. We also don’t think that it needs to be at the start of the season.”

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