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Manchester Clubs Compete to Sign Striker Jovetic: Soccer Roundup

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

Manchester Rivalry

Manchester United will compete with Manchester City to sign Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic, the Sun reported.

United manager David Moyes is targeting the Montenegrin, who has a 27 million-pound ($41 million) release clause in his contract, after failing to convince Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski to join the Red Devils, the newspaper said.

City has made it clear that it’s willing to meet that fee for Jovetic and United is ready to match its neighbor’s offer of a contract worth 120,000 pounds a week, the Sun added.

De Rossi Deal

Chelsea is nearer to acquiring Italian midfielder Daniele De Rossi after Roma agreed to sign Kevin Strootman from PSV Eindhoven, the Daily Mirror reported.

Roma, which wanted to have a replacement in place before allowing De Rossi to leave, is asking Chelsea to loan it Brazilian full-back Wallace, 19, as part of an 11 million-pound deal, the newspaper added.

First-Option

Arsenal is prepared to use its first-option clause to bring former captain Cesc Fabregas back to the London club this offseason, the Daily Mail reported.

Any deal to re-sign the Spanish midfielder if Barcelona decides to sell him would be straightforward as the Gunners would have first refusal on Fabregas at a fixed price of 25 million pounds, the newspaper added.

Fulham For Sale

Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed is in negotiations to sell the London club to the billionaire owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars National Football League team for as much as 200 million pounds, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Shahid Khan, who acquired the Jaguars in 2011, would become the sixth U.S. owner of a Premier League club should the proposed takeover be concluded, the Telegraph added.

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