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Chelsea Wins Race to Sign Brazil Playmaker Oscar: Soccer Roundup

July 10, 2012

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

Oscar Winners

Chelsea will beat Tottenham Hotspur to sign Brazilian playmaker Oscar from Internacional for 25 million pounds ($38.7 million), the Daily Mail reported.

Spurs made an offer of about 18 million pounds last week for the 20-year-old, who has also been watched by Real Madrid and Barcelona, the Mail added.

Permanent Move

Emmanuel Adebayor is close to completing a permanent move to Spurs as Manchester City seeks to cut its payroll before moving for Arsenal’s Robin van Persie, the Guardian reported.

Spurs are ready to give Adebayor, who spent last season on loan at White Hart Lane, a big signing-on fee and a lower salary to fit him into their pay structure, the Guardian said.

Dzeko Deal

AC Milan is prepared to pay 20 million pounds for Edin Dzeko, who has fallen down the pecking order at Manchester City, the Daily Mirror reported.

The teams are said to be in contact about trading the 26- year-old Bosnian striker, the Mirror added.

United Talks

A Manchester United delegation will arrive in Brazil today to open talks on a 30 million-pound deal to sign Sao Paulo midfielder Lucas Moura, who is also wanted by Inter Milan, the Mail reported.

United wants to tie up the transfer before Moura, 19, joins Brazil’s Olympic Games squad, the Mail added.

Dempsey Deadline

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is ready to bid 7.5 million pounds to sign Fulham forward Clint Dempsey before the club’s pre-season tour of the U.S., the Mirror reported.

Rodgers wants to conclude a deal for the U.S. national team player before Liverpool departs next week and a quick resolution would also suit Fulham, the newspaper added.

Carvalho Carrot

Real Madrid is ready to offer Portuguese defender Ricardo Carvalho as part of any deal for Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric, the Sun reported. Carvalho, 34, worked with Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas at Porto, the newspaper added.

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