The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Luka Modric’s plan to submit a written transfer request to Tottenham Hotspur in the next week will trigger a tussle between Manchester United and Real Madrid, the Sun reported.
The Croatian midfielder’s agent has already held talks with Madrid and said a proposition will be made to Spurs in the next few days, the newspaper added. United is keen on an all-cash trade, while the Spanish champion prefers a cash-plus-players transfer, the Sun said.
Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is ready to offer Turkey midfielder Nuri Sahin as part of a 30 million-pound ($46.8 million) package for Modric, the Daily Mail reported.
Spurs value Modric at 40 million pounds, though are unlikely to receive an offer as high as that, the Mail added.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini may be on a collision course with his bosses after demanding that the club make Arsenal’s Robin van Persie its transfer priority, the Daily Mirror reported.
City must sell before buying and has made strikers Emmanuel Adebayor, Carlos Tevez, Roque Santa Cruz and Edin Dzeko available, the newspaper added.
City has opened talks with midfielder David Silva, who has two years remaining on his contract, about an improved deal after he indicated he wants to stay with the Premier League champion, the Mail reported.
Reading beat competition from Fulham, Aston Villa and West Ham to sign Russia striker Pavel Pogrebnyak, the Sun reported.
Pogrebnyak, 28, has agreed a four-year contract with the Royals and is awaiting a work permit before completing his free transfer from Stuttgart, the newspaper said.
Birmingham rejected Southampton’s 6 million-pound bid for teenage goalkeeper Jack Butland, who is yet to make a first-team appearance for the Blues, the Mirror reported.