Arsenal Makes Early Move for Jovetic, Mail Says: Soccer Roundup

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

Early Mover

Arsenal opened negotiations for Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic in an attempt to sign him before Juventus and Manchester City make a move for the 25 million-pound ($39 million) player, the Daily Mail said.

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is planning to try to talk down the price for the 23-year-old, the newspaper said. The coach yesterday expressed concern about how much Chelsea will spend after the season, it said.

Swansea to Spain

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is hoping to steal Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo for less than the 13 million pounds the financially troubled Spanish club is demanding, the Daily Express said.

The 27-year-old is also being watched by Tottenham and Everton, the newspaper said. Germany’s Borussia Dortmund may also move for Negredo should striker Robert Lewandowski leave for Bayern Munich or Manchester United, the Express said.

Villas-Boas Staying

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas said he is focused on the London team despite speculation that he might replace Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, the Guardian said.

The 35-year-old Portuguese coach said the reports are “flattering,” but said he wants to spend more than one season at a club after leaving Porto and Chelsea within a year, the newspaper said.

Mourinho may leave Real after the season, and the Spanish team may turn to Carlo Ancelotti at Paris Saint-Germain, although Villas-Boas is an option too, the Guardian said.

Return on Redmond

Birmingham is ready to sell winger Nathan Redmond for 2 million pounds as the cash-strapped club looks to raise funds, the Daily Telegraph said.

Fulham, West Brom and Norwich are interested in bringing in the player, who featured for England’s under-19 squad, the newspaper said. Birmingham owner Carson Yeung is facing a trial in Hong Kong this year for money laundering, the Telegraph said.

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