The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Real Madrid is targeting Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero and is willing to offer the Premier League club 8.5 million pounds ($13.6 million) and Gonzalo Higuain for the Argentine, the Daily Mail reported.
Real want to take advantage of a recent row between Aguero and City’s manager Roberto Mancini, the newspaper said.
Aguero has scored 17 league goals since he joined City from Real’s crosstown rival Atletico Madrid last summer for 38 million pounds.
Arsenal may have to break its transfer record to sign Yann M’Vila from French club Rennes, the Telegraph reported.
With Real and Inter Milan interested in the midfielder, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will have to pay at least 17 million pounds to secure the player, the newspaper said.
“If it is Wenger who asks you and wants you then of course that changes things,” the Sun cited M’Vila as saying.
Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, are conducting a “strategic review” of the club including its manager Kenny Dalglish, the Daily Mail reported.
Liverpool has lost six of their last seven Premier League matches, the worst losing streak since 1953.
West Bromwich offered coach Roy Hodgson a contract extension worth 3 million pounds a year, the Daily Mail reported.
The offer is the biggest managerial contract in the history of the club, the paper said. Hodgson’s current agreement with West Brom runs out at the end of the season.
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