The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Liverpool has compiled a list of as many as eight potential managers, including Pep Guardiola, Fabio Capello and Roberto Martinez, as the club seeks Kenny Dalglish’s successor, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Principal owner John W. Henry, chairman Tom Werner and Managing Director Ian Ayre compiled a lineup also featuring Jurgen Klopp, Frank de Boer, Andre Villas-Boas, Didier Deschamps and Brendan Rodgers, the Telegraph said. There is no preferred candidate at this stage, the newspaper added.
Former Chelsea manager Villas-Boas held talks with Liverpool owner Fenway Sports Group about replacing Dalglish prior to his firing two days ago, the Daily Express reported.
Villas-Boas’s expression of interest in taking charge of the club may have prompted the decision to terminate Dalglish’s contract, the Express added.
Capello Eyes Chelsea
Capello, the former England manager, wants the Chelsea job and is even prepared to join the Blues on a one-year contract to allow them to pursue outgoing Barcelona coach Guardiola after his sabbatical, the Sun reported.
Capello has told advisers to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich that he wants to work for a top club, the Sun said. Abramovich is unconvinced that interim manager Roberto Di Matteo is the long-term solution, the newspaper added.
Van Persie Delay
Robin van Persie indicated that he won’t sign a new Arsenal contract in the immediate future as he waits to see which of his suitors, a group that includes Manchester City and Juventus, will make an official offer for him, the Guardian reported.
Van Persie traveled to the Netherlands yesterday to join his national team for its Euro 2012 preparations and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will remain in contact with the striker, whose contract has about 12 months to run, the Guardian added.
City’s Chiellini Bid
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini had a 16 million-pound bid for Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini rejected by the Italian champion, the Daily Mirror reported.
Juventus is expecting City to return with an improved offer for the 27-year-old center-back, who can also play at left-back, the newspaper added.
Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on the shortlist to be Aston Villa’s new manager, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Solskjaer, who guided Molde to its first Norwegian title in his first season as manager, is on Villa owner Randy Lerner’s radar along with Martinez, Norwich’s Paul Lambert and Brendan Rodgers of Swansea, the newspaper said.