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Mancini Wants City to Sign De Rossi in January: Soccer Roundup

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

City Attempt

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will try to convince the club’s new director of football Txiki Begiristain to sign Roma’s Daniele De Rossi in January, the Daily Mail said.

City tried to acquire the 29-year-old before this season, and the midfielder has told his friends that he wants to leave Roma, the newspaper said. The Italian club would demand about 20 million pounds ($32 million) and De Rossi would need a salary of 100,000 pounds a week, the Mail said.

Taarabt Targeted

Arsenal will consider signing Queens Park Rangers midfielder Adel Taarabt should its attempt to bring in Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha fail, the Daily Mirror reported.

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is planning a 7 million pound bid for Zaha, 19, and has looked at the 23-year-old Taarabt as an alternative, the newspaper said.

Liverpool Bid

Liverpool is planning to sign Serbian midfielder Filip Djuricic, who has been a target for Manchester United, the Daily Star reported.

The 20-year-old plays for Heerenveen and had a tryout at United in 2009, though couldn’t get a work permit, the newspaper added. Djuricic may help boost Liverpool’s attacking options as he can play as a second striker, and the Reds are planning a 4 million pound bid, the Star said.

Pep’s Plan

Former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola will consider joining Manchester City and Chelsea when he ends his yearlong break, the Sun reported.

The Spaniard quit Barcelona at the end of last season, and his agent said Guardiola isn’t looking to move to AC Milan at this point, the newspaper added. City is an attractive option as he used to work with Begiristain in Spain, the Sun said.

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