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Hughes to Get $1.6 Million Bonus If QPR Stays Up: Soccer Roundup

May 11, 2012

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

$1 Million Bonus

Mark Hughes will get a 1 million-pound ($1.6 million) bonus if he keeps Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League with a result that could also prevent his former club Manchester City winning the title, the Daily Express reported.

Hughes, whose team needs to avoid defeat at City in two days to stay in the elite division, will pick up the payment as part of an agreement with QPR owner Tony Fernandes when he was appointed as manager in January, the newspaper said.

Budget Blow

Liverpool owner Fenway Sports Group is ready to let Kenny Dalglish continue as manager, though he will be given a reduced budget for new players, the Daily Mirror reported.

Dalglish, who spent 108 million pounds on six players in 2011 including Andy Carroll, Luis Suarez and Stewart Downing, will instead need to seek bargains and free agents, the Mirror added.

Solbakken Surprise

Wolverhampton Wanderers will appoint former Norway midfielder Stale Solbakken as manager “in the coming days” in a surprise move, the Guardian reported.

The 44-year-old Solbakken, who was fired as coach of German Bundesliga team Cologne last month, will be tasked with securing an immediate return to the Premier League, the Guardian said. Interim manager Terry Connor is likely to stay at the club as an assistant, the newspaper added.

Joining Juventus

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will join Juventus on July 1 after deciding against signing a new contract with the Premier League club, the Daily Mail reported.

The 19-year-old Pogba, who was rated one of the best young products in United’s academy, will sign a four-year deal with the Italian champion worth 20,000 pounds a week when his United contract expires at the end of June, the newspaper added.

Arsenal Track

Arsenal is tracking Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa, who could be available for about 7 million pounds because his contract expires next year, the Mirror reported.

Manchester United has been courting the Japanese international, who’s scored nine goals in 29 games for his country, the newspaper added.

Giggs’s for Team GB

United manager Alex Ferguson has given Ryan Giggs, 38, permission to represent the Great Britain team at the London Olympics, the Daily Telegraph reported.

United has informed the Football Association that Welsh midfielder Giggs would be the only over-age player released by the club should he be selected in Stuart Pearce’s Team GB squad, the newspaper added.

Lazar Sights

Chelsea is trying to beat Liverpool to the signature of Partizan Belgrade’s attacking midfielder Lazar Markovic, who is said to have been recommended by former Blues manager Avram Grant, the Daily Mail reported.

Partizan would want about 16 million pounds for Markovic, 18, who made his debut for Serbia in February, the Mail added.

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