Manchester City Plans Purge to Fund Bid for Van Persie: Roundup

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

City Strikers

Manchester City is trying to sell strikers Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko, Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz to raise funds for a bid to buy Arsenal’s Robin van Persie, the Daily Mirror reported.

City officials have told manager Roberto Mancini that he has to sell before he can buy and the club is unlikely to sanction big payoffs for its unwanted strikers, who may struggle to match their current salaries elsewhere, the Mirror added.

Kolarov Carrot

City will be offered Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia as part of the Italian club’s bid to sign Aleksandar Kolarov, the Sun reported.

Mancini is a long-standing admirer of Ranocchia and wants to boost his center-back options with doubts over the long-term prospects of Kolo Toure and Stefan Savic, the Sun added.

Arsenal Interest

Arsenal is interested in signing Russia midfielder Alan Dzagoev, who’s scored three goals in two games at the European Championship, the Daily Mail reported.

The CSKA Moscow player, who’s rated at 13 million pounds ($20.2 million) is out of contract in December, the Mail added.

Villas-Boas Contact

Tottenham has made contact with former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas as it seeks replacement for Harry Redknapp, the Guardian reported.

Everton manager David Moyes is yet to be contacted by Tottenham, while ex-Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is out of work and would be receptive to an approach, the newspaper added.

More for Moyes

Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright is ready to give Moyes a raise to keep him at the club, the Daily Mirror reported.

Moyes, who is about to enter the final year of his contract, is already among the Premier League’s best-paid managers with a salary of about 3.5 million pounds a year, the Mirror added.

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