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Real Madrid to Pay $42.7 Million for Luka Modric: Soccer Roundup

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

Modric Fee

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luka Modric will join Real Madrid after the Spanish champion worked out a 27 million-pound ($42.7 million) fee for the Croatian playmaker last night, the Daily Mail reported.

Spurs will use the money to fund moves for Brazilian duo Willian of Shakhtar Donetsk and Internacional’s Leandro Damiao, the Mail said. Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas is also keen on Fulham’s Moussa Dembele, the newspaper added.

Rooney Injury

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney may miss as many as 14 games after his right thigh was cut in the Premier League win against Fulham two days ago, the Sun reported.

The gash, which occurred when Hugo Rodallega inadvertently stood on Rooney, went through to the bone and required 10 stitches to pull the skin together, the newspaper said. United manager Alex Ferguson said after the game that the injury would only sideline Rooney for a month, the Sun added.

Sinclair to City

Swansea winger Scott Sinclair is set to complete his move to Manchester City tomorrow for a transfer fee said to be 6.2 million pounds, the Daily Mail reported.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup left Sinclair out of his squad for the 3-0 win against West Ham United two days ago in a sign that Sinclair’s future lies elsewhere, the Mail added.

Frantic Five Days

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said the club’s activity before the transfer window closes Aug. 31 will shape the defense of its Premier League title following yesterday’s 2-2 draw at Liverpool, the Guardian reported.

“We need to bring players in and we have five days in which to do it,” the newspaper cited Mancini as saying. “We have to work very hard in these four or five days. It will be a long week for us.”

Arsenal Targets

Arsenal wants to bring in two players this week and is considering a 15 million-pound move for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, the Mail reported.

The Gunners’ list of targets includes Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is also keen to sign a defender, the Mail added.

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