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Real Madrid Targets Wenger to Replace Mourinho: Soccer Roundup

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

Real Target

Real Madrid has targeted Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to replace Jose Mourinho if he leaves the Gunners at the end of the season, the Daily Express reported.

It’s an “open secret” that Mourinho’s tenure as Real coach will finish at the end of the current campaign, the Mail said, adding that Wenger may be tempted to take on a new challenge after reviewing Arsenal’s performance with the club’s board at the end of the season.

Fellaini Fouls

Everton’s Marouane Fellaini may face a nine-game ban following three separate clashes with Stoke City’s Ryan Shawcross in the 1-1 Premier League draw two days ago, the Daily Mirror reported.

Although the incidents, which included a headbutt on Shawcross, went unpunished by the referee, the Football Association has the power to cite the Belgian midfielder retrospectively for more than one offense, the newspaper added.

Fellaini, who apologized to Shawcross after the game, is also set to be fined 150,000 pounds ($242,535) by Everton manager David Moyes, the Sun reported.

Balotelli Tribunal

Mario Balotelli will take Manchester City to an appeals tribunal this week over a 350,000-pound fine imposed for persistent ill-discipline on the pitch, the Guardian reported.

The striker was fined two weeks’ wages after a series of red and yellow cards caused him to miss about one fifth of City’s games last season, the newspaper added. City rejected his appeal against the fine and Balotelli will put his case to a Premier League tribunal in two days, the Guardian said.

Arsenal Dream

Newcastle’s Demba Ba, who has a 7.5 million-pound release clause in his contract, is open to a move to Arsenal with Tottenham and Liverpool also interested in the Senegal striker, the Daily Mail reported.

“The media know Arsenal need another striker and they know about my release clause,” the Mail cited Ba as telling Canal+. “They need to make their own mind up about it. Arsenal are one of those teams who makes you dream.”

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