The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Real Madrid offered Brazilian playmaker Kaka, the 2007 World Player of the Year, to Manchester United on a season-long loan as the Spanish club prepares for the arrival of Luka Modric from Tottenham Hotspur, the Daily Mail reported.
United manager Alex Ferguson is giving the move serious consideration even though he has concerns about the form and fitness of Kaka, 30, the Mail added.
United bought Dutch left-back Alexander Buttner, 23, from Vitesse Arnhem as defensive cover, the Guardian reported.
Buttner, who was part of the Netherlands’ wider training group before being omitted from its European Championship squad, is said to have cost 3.9 million pounds ($6.1 million), the Guardian added.
England striker Danny Welbeck, 21, will this week sign a new four-year contract with United, the Sun reported.
Welbeck’s new deal is worth about 50,000 pounds a week, treble his current wage, and contains incentives which could see it rise to 70,000 pounds a week, the Sun added.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will be playing again within weeks after an initial examination of the knee he twisted during yesterday’s 3-2 win against Southampton revealed no serious injury, the Daily Mail reported.
The Argentine will have more tests this week to determine the extent of the damage, the newspaper added.
“The studies I had done revealed there’s no significant injury but it was a very tough hit to my knee,” Aguero wrote on his Twitter feed. “The physicians will evaluate the time it will take for me to recover.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger offloaded Alex Song to Barcelona for 15 million pounds after losing patience with the midfielder’s attitude, the Daily Mirror reported.
The Gunners decided to sell Song, 24, because the Cameroon national team player continually turned up late for training, was seen as being lazy, was hard to coach and lacked defensive discipline, the newspaper added.
Tottenham made an inquiry about taking Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh on loan, the Mirror reported.
Spurs are exploring their options because Jermain Defoe is the only senior striker in the squad and a move for Emmanuel Adebayor has stalled, the newspaper added.