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Modric’s Transfer to Madrid Moves Closer With Meeting: Roundup

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

Modric Meeting

Luka Modric’s advisers will hold a meeting with Real Madrid officials today to try to put together a deal to secure the Croatian midfielder’s move from Tottenham Hotspur, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Although Real won’t meet Spurs’ 40 million-pound ($62 million) valuation of the player, the Spanish champion will raise its original offer of 27 million pounds and is confident of getting Modric, the newspaper said.

Lampard to Stay

Frank Lampard said he’s ready to start negotiating a new contract that will keep him at Chelsea for the rest of his playing career, the Daily Mail reported.

“I’ve had a great time playing for Chelsea and I hope I can prolong it,” the Mail cited Lampard, 34, as saying. “In an ideal world I’d finish here and keep giving what I have given over the past 10 years.”

Moura Talks

Sao Paulo vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes said Manchester United’s bid to sign Lucas Moura can be resurrected after the 19-year-old winger’s agent ruled out an agreement, the Daily Mirror reported.

“I don’t rule out the possibility that in the future there are some sort of negotiations, because we received Manchester with great courtesy and left open the possibility of more talks,” the Mirror cited Lopes as telling Radio Estadao ESPN.

Broken Promise

Liverpool believes manager Brendan Rodgers is entitled to return to his former club Swansea City for players who wish to leave after the Welsh team accused him of breaking a promise by bidding for midfielder Joe Allen, the Independent reported.

Swansea said in a statement yesterday that Liverpool had “expressed an interest” in Allen even after “a written agreement not to approach any players within the 12-month period of former manager Brendan Rodgers leaving for Anfield.”

Dalglish Dumping

Liverpool’s principal owner John Henry said he would have fired Kenny Dalglish, Rodgers’s predecessor, even if the team had beaten Chelsea in the F.A. Cup final, the Sun reported.

“The F.A. Cup would not have made any difference had he won it,” the Sun cited Henry as saying. “For us, we were 17th over the second half of the season and Liverpool should not be in that position. It was obvious to every fan that something was wrong and something needed to be done.”

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