The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Inter Milan and AC Milan are leading the chase to take Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli back to Italy with the Serie A rivals poised to bid 20 million pounds ($38 million) for the striker, the Daily Mirror reported.
City manager Roberto Mancini met last week with Balotelli’s lawyer, Vittorio Rigo, to discuss the player’s future and the sale of the 21-year-old looks inevitable, the newspaper added.
Rodwell Ruled Out
Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell was ruled out of England’s Euro 2012 campaign because he requires treatment for a chronic hamstring condition and is unlikely to play again until next season, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Everton manager David Moyes wants Rodwell to focus on strengthening his body to protect against further strains and the player will visit a specialist in Munich to devise a work program, the newspaper added.
Fabrice Muamba is to be fitted with a defibrillator pacemaker in case the Bolton midfielder suffers another cardiac arrest, the Daily Mail reported.
Muamba, 24, is expected to have the device fitted under his skin this week before he leaves London Chest Hospital, the Mail said, adding that the pacemaker won’t stop him playing again.
“What has happened may happen again and therefore, if there’s any risk, you want a safety net,” the Mail cited Muamba’s cardiologist, Sam Mohiddin, as saying.
‘Not a Crisis’
Tottenham captain Ledley King said the club isn’t experiencing a crisis after a loss to Norwich two days ago put its Champions League berth in doubt, the Guardian reported.
“We need to stick together at this time, keep going until the end of the season and keep working hard for each other,” King was quoted as saying. “There is not a crisis in any way.”
Swansea is lining up a 6 million pound bid for striker Lacina Traore, who has been compared to Emmanuel Adebayor, the Mirror reported.
Swansea is vying with Ajax to sign the 21-year-old Traore, who wants to leave Kuban Krasnodar even after scoring 15 goals in 32 games for the Russian team, the Mirror added.
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