The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Manchester City put Benfica midfielder Javi Garcia atop its list of transfer deadline day targets and will try to conclude a 22 million-pound ($34.7 million) deal for the player today, the Daily Telegraph reported.
City manager Roberto Mancini is expected to add Swansea winger Scott Sinclair, Fiorentina defender Matija Nastasic, Inter Milan full-back Maicon and ex-England goalkeeper Richard Wright to his squad before today’s 11 p.m. deadline for Premier League clubs to trade players, the Daily Telegraph reported.
City will pay Inter Milan 3 million pounds for Maicon, 31, who will get a two-year contract worth about 90,000 pounds a week, the Mirror reported.
City midfielder Nigel de Jong will join AC Milan for a transfer fee of 3.5 million pounds, the Mirror said.
Arsenal made a surprise move to take Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien on a season-long loan, the Daily Mail reported.
Gunners manager Arsene Wenger wants to add a defensive midfielder before the transfer deadline and Chelsea counterpart Roberto Di Matteo will consider letting Essien leave on loan, the Mail added.
Schurrle in, Sturridge out?
Chelsea is preparing to loan out striker Daniel Sturridge if it can complete the signing of Bayer Leverkusen’s Andre Schurrle, who would cost about 20 million pounds, the Daily Mirror reported.
Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have all inquired about Sturridge, 22, who would be available on a one-year loan, the newspaper added.
Fulham shattered its pay structure to make Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov the highest-paid player in the London club’s history, the Sun reported.
The Cottagers will pay United a fee of 4 million pounds for Berbatov, who will earn 100,000 pounds a week, the Sun said.
Tottenham has been told to break its transfer record to sign Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho, who’s the top target of manager Andre Villas-Boas, the Mail reported.
Spurs were in advanced talks last night about a deal to bring Moutinho to White Hart Lane from Porto, which values him at 30 million pounds, the newspaper added.