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Manchester City Takes Bids for Dzeko, Mail Says: Soccer Roundup

March 27, 2012

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

Dzeko Exit?

Manchester City is willing to take offers for Edin Dzeko despite spending 27 million pounds ($43 million) for the striker before the start of the season, the Daily Mail said.

Juventus and Real Madrid may be interested in signing the 26-year-old, who is upset that he’s not playing much for City, the newspaper said.

Juventus has 30 million pounds to spend after the season, and wants to get a striker to compete with AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the newspaper said.

Real manager Jose Mourinho thinks the former Wolfsburg player will thrive in Madrid, which may lose Gonzalo Higuain to Juventus, the Mail said.

Arsenal to Boost Midfield

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is targeting France and Rennes player Yann M’Vila and Anderlecht captain Lucas Biglia on the transfer market this summer as he tries to strengthen the club’s midfield, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Foster in Tug of War

Championship side Birmingham City won’t sell goalkeeper Ben Foster to West Bromwich, the Daily Mirror reported.

Foster is on a season-long loan contract at West Bromwich after Birmingham was relegated to the Championship. Birmingham won’t let go of Foster because they may need his services in case they get back into the Premier League.

Drogba’s Joke Falls Flat

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba could face angry Benfica fans during the clubs’ Champions League quarterfinal match tonight after the Ivory Coast player was filmed “mocking” the club by Chelsea TV, the Sun reported.

Drogba was shown “quaking with fear” when the draw was made for the Champions League, the paper said.

“Any response to Drogba we will give on the field,” the paper quoted Benfica coach Jorge Jesus as saying. “Who knows what he was thinking, maybe he was joking.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Danielle Rossingh at the London sports desk on drossingh@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at at celser@bloomberg.net


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