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Arsenal Eyes German Midfielder Rode for $11 Million: Roundup

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

Arsenal Target

Arsenal is targeting a 7.5 million pound ($11 million) offseason move for Eintracht Frankfurt defensive midfielder Sebastian Rode, the Sun reported.

Rode, 22, has 16 months left on his contract and is said to be eager to play in the Premier League, though Arsenal would face competition from Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, the newspaper added.

Shaw Talks

Chelsea is in talks to sign teenage left-back Luke Shaw at the end of the season and immediately loan him back to Southampton, the Daily Mail reported.

The Blues had a 10 million-pound bid for Shaw, 17, rejected in January and also failed with an offseason offer last year, the newspaper added.

Chelsea Tension

Chelsea’s interim manager Rafael Benitez was involved in a training ground bust-up with his squad yesterday, telling players their attitude had cost a series of coaches their jobs and lecturing them on their failure to grasp tactics and a lack of effort, the Mail reported.

One senior player suggested to Benitez that he may be at fault given the club’s success in winning its first Champions League title in May, the newspaper added.

Weimann Rejection

Aston Villa forward Andreas Weimann rejected a four-year contract extension because he was unhappy with the terms on offer, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Weimann’s representatives are said to be “disappointed” terms included a slight increase on his 15,000-pounds-a-week salary and didn’t reflect the 21-year-old Austrian’s growing importance to the team, the newspaper added.

United’s Ultimatum

Manchester United gave Portuguese winger Nani a take-it-or-leave-it offer of a new four-year contract and will sell him at the end of the season if he doesn’t sign, the Sun reported.

Nani, 26, was called into a meeting last week and told the club won’t budge on its original offer of 90,000 pounds a week, the newspaper said. Nani is seeking 130,000 pounds a week from his new deal, the Sun added.

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