The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Modric to Manchester
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luka Modric is to join Manchester United for an initial transfer fee of 25 million pounds ($38.6 million) that may rise to 30 million pounds based on appearances and success, the Sun reported.
Modric, 26, will be given a four-year contract and his wages of 125,000 pounds a week will put him among United’s highest earners, the newspaper said. He’ll seal the move after playing for Croatia at Euro 2012, the Sun added.
United has agreed to sign 18-year-old striker Angelo Henriquez from Universidad de Chile for 3 million pounds, the Daily Mirror reported.
The Red Devils, who have been tracking Henriquez for more than a year, will have to secure a so-called special talent visa to sign a player who’s scored eight goals in 10 games for Universidad, the newspaper added.
Kranjcar Leaves Spurs
Dynamo Kiev signed midfielder Niko Kranjcar from Tottenham on a four-year contract for about 5.5 million pounds, the Independent reported.
The 27-year-old, a member of Croatia’s Euro 2012 squad, scored 11 goals in 72 games for Spurs, though struggled to get into the team last season, the newspaper added.
Tottenham’s bid to lure Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid was rebuffed by the Argentine striker, who has opted to fight for his place after struggling to earn a starting berth for the Spanish champion last season, the Daily Mail reported.
Beckham for Britain
David Beckham will move a step closer to his dream of playing for Great Britain at the London Olympics when he’s named today in a 35-man squad to be submitted to FIFA by Team GB manager Stuart Pearce, the Sun reported.
Pearce will whittle down the roster and submit an 18-man squad to Games organizers and FIFA by July 9, the Sun added.