The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
$26 Million Defender
Manchester United has been told it will have to pay 16 million pounds ($26 million) to sign Torino center-back Angelo Ogbonna, the Daily Mail reported.
United manager Alex Ferguson has been tracking Ogbonna, who was part of Italy’s Euro 2012 squad, since the start of last season and the club’s scouts have made regular checks on the 24-year-old, the newspaper added.
Ferguson will delegate penalty-taking duties from now on after Nani missed United’s third straight spot kick in last night’s 1-0 win against Galatasaray, the Daily Mirror reported.
“To be honest with you, I have no idea why Nani took it,” the Mirror cited Ferguson as saying. “Nani just ran and grabbed the ball. I think we will have to decide before the game, which is my fault, I should have done that.”
Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has been told he has a future at Anfield beyond this season even though he’s yet to start a Premier League match since Brendan Rodgers took over as manager, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Rodgers said he hopes Carragher, who has a year remaining on his contract, will extend his Liverpool career as either a player or a coach, the newspaper added.
“I think he can play on,” the Telegraph cited Rodgers as saying. “He’s one of the guys who is the soul of the club and there has to be a place for someone like him.”
Manchester City may be without Samir Nasri for three weeks after the French midfielder suffered a suspected hamstring tear in the 3-2 Champions League defeat at Real Madrid two days ago, the Mail reported.
Queens Park Rangers wants to take Manchester City striker John Guidetti on loan in January to replace the injured Andy Johnson, the Sun reported.
Guidetti, a 20-year-old Swede, spent last season on loan at Dutch club Feyenoord and scored 20 goals in 23 games, the newspaper added.