The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Chelsea’s billionaire owner Roman Abramovich may pay Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola as much as 40 million pounds ($64 million) to quit the Spanish champion and join the Blues, the Sun reported.
Guardiola earns 8 million pounds after tax in Spain and Abramovich is willing to make him the highest-paid manager in the world if he agrees to replace fired Andre Villas-Boas, the Sun said.
Chelsea faces a fight to keep defender David Luiz, as Barcelona is considering a 35 million-pound offer for the Brazilian, the Daily Mail reported.
Barcelona sees the player as a replacement for 34-year-old captain Carles Puyol who’s been struggling with injuries, the Mail said. Barca has been short of cover for Puyol and has regularly asked Argentinean midfielder Javier Mascherano to fill in.
Argentina soccer icon Diego Maradona said he convinced Carlos Tevez to end his six-month exile from Manchester City, the Sun reported.
Tevez came off the bench to set up Samir Nasri’s winner in City 2-1 comeback victory over Chelsea two days ago after ending a feud with coach Roberto Mancini stretching back to September.
“I told Tevez three months ago that he had to talk with Mancini as soon as possible,” the Sun quoted Maradona as saying. “I said that because he was losing money -- but also because he needed to play football again. I told Tevez, ‘you must go back now’”
Raheem Sterling, Liverpool’s teenaged attacking prospect, could quit the club because of a lack of opportunities and a desire to return home to London, the Daily Mirror reported.
The 17-year-old’s family has been frustrated by Liverpool’s failure to integrate Sterling into the first team, the Mirror said. The Reds have rejected offers to loan the player from Bolton, West Ham and Swansea, the newspaper added.
Paul Scholes wants to sign a new contract to stay with Manchester United for another season, the Sun reported.
Scholes came out of retirement in January and has been a regular as Alex Ferguson’s team battles Manchester City for the Premier League title.
Scholes, 37, has played in all but two of 15 games since making his return in the 3-2 F.A. Cup victory over City on Jan. 8.
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