Chelsea Has Deal to Sign Falcao in Place, Express Says: Roundup

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

December Deal

Chelsea agreed on a deal to sign Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao in December, the Daily Express reported, citing Spanish television show Punto Pelota.

According to the show, the Colombian striker was given a tour of London and Chelsea’s training facilities by Blues owner Roman Abramovich, the Express said. Falcao is said to have a 47 million-pound ($72.9 million) release clause in his contract which is within Chelsea’s budget, the newspaper added.

Terry Troubles

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez said John Terry’s knee injury has the central defender locked into a “vicious circle” in which he’s not sufficiently fit to play though can’t regain his sharpness without time on the pitch, the Guardian reported.

“We have to manage the situation,” the newspaper cited Benitez as saying. “If he cannot play, he cannot improve his match fitness but, if he can’t train with the team, he can’t improve his fitness.”

Roma Pair

Manchester City is monitoring Roma pair Erik Lamela and Marquinhos, the Daily Mail reported.

Lamela, a 20-year-old winger, has played for the Argentine national team and could come in as a replacement for Scott Sinclair, the newspaper said. Brazilian center-back Marquinhos, 18, is also wanted by Barcelona, the Mail added.

Lambert Follow-up

West Ham United is set to follow up its initial approach for Southampton striker Rickie Lambert with an offseason bid, the Daily Mirror reported.

The Hammers had an inquiry about Lambert dismissed by Southampton during January’s transfer window, the Mirror added.

Ince Return

Former Blackburn manager Paul Ince, who’s been out of work since leaving Notts County 22 months ago, is set to take over at Blackpool after watching most of its games this season because his son Thomas plays for the team, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Ince has been in advanced talks with the English Championship club and may be appointed as early as today, the newspaper added.

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