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Liverpool Opens Talks for Chelsea’s Sturridge: Soccer Roundup

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

Sturridge Talks

Liverpool has opened negotiations to sign Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge in January after failing to secure a loan deal for the player in the offseason, the Daily Mirror reported.

Chelsea wants to sell because the 15 million-pound ($23.8 million) rated forward would be able to engineer a move on a free transfer this time next year, the Mirror added.

Persuading Pep

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will try to persuade former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola to take over as manager before the next European summer if he fires Roberto Di Matteo, the Daily Mail reported.

Guardiola, who’s taking a yearlong break from the game and has given Chelsea hints that he wants the job, has made it clear he doesn’t want to take a new position before the start of next season, the Mail added.

Overseas Option

Arsenal’s Theo Walcott is open to a move abroad and is a target for several European clubs as contract negotiations with the Gunners continue to stall, the Guardian reported.

The England forward, who could sign a pre-contract agreement in January with any overseas club, cannot agree to join another Premier League team until the end of the season, the newspaper added.

Improved Offer

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will recommend that the club’s board offers Walcott an increase on the 75,000-pounds-a-week deal already tabled, the Daily Mirror reported.

The Gunners believe they may be able to persuade Walcott to re-sign for a salary in excess of 80,000 pounds a week because he wants to stay with the club, the newspaper added.

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