Szczesny and Vermaelen May Leave Arsenal: Soccer Roundup

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

Arsenal Exit?

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and captain Thomas Vermaelen may be on the way out as manager Arsene Wenger “gets tough” with underachievers, the Daily Mail reported.

Wenger is targeting Stoke’s Asmir Begovic, Simon Mignolet of Sunderland and Liverpool’s Pepe Reina as a replacement for the Polish goalkeeper.

Malaga Midfielder

Arsenal is willing to pay as much as 30 million pounds ($46 million) for Malaga midfielder Isco, the Daily Star reported.

Wenger has 70 million pounds at his disposal to strengthen his squad, the newspaper said.

Isco, 20, played his first match for European and world champion Spain last month during a 3-1 win against Uruguay.

Reading Favorite

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson is the favorite to replace Reading manager Brian McDermott, who was fired earlier this week, the Sun reported.

Parkinson, a former Reading player who is out of contract at the end of the season, would “relish” the chance to manage his old club, the newspaper said.

Under Parkinson’s guidance, Bradford this season became the first fourth-tier club to appear in a major Wembley final. The team eventually lost 5-0 to Swansea City in the League Cup final.

Chelsea Shock

Chelsea’s players are “not happy,” they’re being sent on a trip to the U.S. to play in a four-team tournament two days after their final Premier League match, the Sun reported.

“They were looking forward to a holiday after flying all over the world in the busiest season in club history,” the newspaper quoted an undisclosed source as saying. “But the club see this as an opportunity to confirm their status as the most popular Premier League team in the U.S.”

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