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Manchester City Prepares $64 Million Bale Bid: Soccer Roundup

May 04, 2012

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

Bale Bid

Manchester City is ready to make a 40 million-pound ($64.7 million) offer to Tottenham for Gareth Bale and is ready to triple the Welsh winger’s salary to more than 100,000 pounds a week, the Daily Mirror reported.

City is set to propose a player-plus-cash deal to sign Bale with on-loan striker Emmanuel Adebayor making his move to Spurs permanent, the newspaper said. City may also offer another player in the package and Nigel De Jong and Adam Johnson are on the list of potential candidates, the paper added.

Schurrle Fits Chelsea

Chelsea is considering a bid of as much as 15.5 million pounds for Bayer Leverkusen striker Andre Schurrle as owner Roman Abramovich ponders the extent of his off-season squad rebuilding, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Schurrle, a 21-year-old who can play as a striker or wide attacker, fits the profile of the kind of “hungry, young” player Chelsea is trying to recruit, the newspaper said.

Abramovich Determined

Abramovich is determined to bring Jose Mourinho back to Chelsea as manager, the Daily Mail reported.

The Russian billionaire is undeterred by Mourinho’s insistence that he will stay with Real Madrid after winning the Spanish title, and is hoping to change his mind, the Mail added.

United Move

Manchester United may move for Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa after Borussia Dortmund said it would listen to offers for a player valued at 7 million pounds and whose contract expires in 2013, the Telegraph reported.

Kagawa, 23, has rejected a new four-year deal with the German champion and his form this season and contract situation have raised his profile as a “financially-astute signing,” the Telegraph added.

Arsenal Boost

Arsenal’s chances of keeping Robin Van Persie have been boosted by Manchester City’s 20 million-pound valuation of English soccer’s player of the season, the Daily Express reported.

City’s valuation is far below the figure that would force the Gunners to even consider selling the striker, who’s yet to start negotiations on extending a contract that expires next year, the Express added.

Dempsey Hint

Liverpool Chairman Tom Werner said manager Kenny Dalglish will be given funds to strengthen his squad and hinted that Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey, who’s scored 22 goals this season, is on the club’s radar, the Mirror reported.

“We never talk publicly about our transfer targets, however, any team would be lucky to have Clint Dempsey playing on their squad,” the Mirror cited Werner as saying.

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