Arsenal’s Wilshere Is a Real Madrid Target, Mirror Says: Soccer Roundup
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Wilshere is Wanted
Wilshere, 19, who has a contract with the Gunners until 2015, was quoted as saying last week that he wants to remain with the north London team his whole career, the newspaper said.
Madrid wants to sign younger talents instead of splashing out on established players and has also targeted Bayern Munich’s Rafinha, Athletic Bilbao’s Iker Muniain, Lille’s Eden Hazard and Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Goetze, according to the Mirror.
Toon Striker Search
Newcastle is monitoring 10 million-pound ($15.9 million) rated Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud, who has scored eight league goals this season, the Sun said.
The club is also interested in Huddersfield forward Jordan Rhodes, the Mirror reported. The 22-year-old has a 2 million- pound release clause in his contract, the newspaper said.
Nani Pay Rise
Nani will be offered an increase from 90,000 pounds a week to 130,000 pounds a week, the newspaper said. Talks are set to begin early next year when the 24-year-old will have about 18 months remaining on his contract, the Mirror reported.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, who had heart surgery on Nov. 2, is set to return three weeks ahead of schedule and be on the touchline when the club faces Aston Villa on Nov. 21, the Mail reported.
Redknapp “can’t wait to get back to work,” the newspaper cited a friend of the 64-year-old as saying.
Tevez’s representatives in the U.K. have not offered an explanation for his failure to return from an unauthorized trip to Argentina but are working to resolve the issue with City, the newspaper said.
Beckham Euros Snub
Capello was cited by the newspaper as saying that Beckham, who will turn 37 before Euro 2012, is likely to be involved in the British team for the Olympic Games in London.
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