Manchester City Planning Summer Clear-Out: Soccer Roundup

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

City Clear-Out?

Manchester City manager Robert Mancini may let 11 players including forward Carlos Tevez and winger Samir Nasri go at the end of the season, the Guardian reported.

The futures of Edin Dzeko and Gareth Barry are also in doubt at City. Mancini thinks the club’s failure to recruit the right players before this season played a role in its early Champions League elimination, the newspaper said.

Rooney for Ibrahimovic?

Paris Saint-Germain may pay as much as 35 million pounds ($52 million) for Manchester United player Wayne Rooney should Zlatan Ibrahimovic leave the squad, the Daily Mirror reported.

The Swedish striker, who has been linked to a 20 million-pound move to Bayern Munich, joined PSG in July from AC Milan but hasn’t settled in the French capital, the newspaper said.

Williams to Leave?

Swansea defender and Wales captain Ashley Williams may leave the club for a 10 million pound transfer to Arsenal, Liverpool or Manchester United this summer, the Daily Mirror reported.

Another Swansea player, Chico Flores, is wanted by Bayern Munich, the paper said.

Di Canio Opposition

Reading players don’t want Paolo di Canio to replace manager Brian McDermott, who was fired this week, the Daily Mail reported.

There is opposition in the squad to the Italian because some believe he is too fiery and also lacks in experience, the newspaper said.

Galatasaray Digs In

Ticketless Galatasaray fans were caught trying to dig their way into the Schalke stadium to watch their club play against the German side in the Champions League, the Guardian reported.

The fans were trying to dig through frozen ground under a perimeter fence, the newspaper said, citing Schalke’s sporting director Horst Heldt.

The fans will have another chance to see their club play live in the Champions League after the Turkish side beat Schalke 3-2 to move to the quarterfinals.

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