The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Modric Fee Agreed
Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid have agreed on a fee of 36 million pounds ($56.5 million) for Spurs playmaker Luka Modric, the Sun reported.
The Croatian midfielder had already said he would join the Spanish champion and was waiting for the clubs to reach a deal that will bring an end to a transfer saga that began when he demanded a move to Chelsea last year, the newspaper added.
Manchester City made a 13 million-pound bid for Liverpool defender Daniel Agger, who is also wanted by Real Madrid and Barcelona, the Daily Mirror reported.
The Danish center-back has already told Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers that he wants to leave and is expected to confirm in the next two weeks whether he will opt for City or one of the two Spanish clubs, the Mirror added.
Tottenham’s Gareth Bale labeled Charlie Adam a “coward” and claimed that the Liverpool midfielder deliberately tried to injure him during an exhibition match in the U.S., the Daily Telegraph reported.
The Spurs winger left the stadium wearing a protective boot over his left ankle following Adam’s tackle during the 0-0 draw in Baltimore two days ago, the newspaper said.
“I would have understood if it had it been a slightly mistimed tackle, even though it was just a friendly,” the Telegraph cited Bale as saying. “But the ball was 10 yards past him already and was nowhere near him when he came through my ankle.”
Chelsea chief executive officer Ron Gourlay said the European champion hasn’t stopped spending this off-season even after outlaying 60 million pounds on Oscar, Eden Hazard and Marko Marin, the Daily Mail reported.
“If the right players become available at the right time we will sign them,” the Mail cited Gourlay as saying. “We’ve done that and we are still continuing to look at one or two positions and we will see how that develops over the next couple of weeks.”
‘Have to Buy’
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said the Premier League champion needs to buy three of four players to have a chance of winning Europe’s Champions League, the Daily Mirror reported.
“I don’t think we can play for the Champions League with this squad,” the Mirror cited Mancini as saying. “That is my opinion, so for this reason we have to buy. The market has another three weeks and I hope we can do something.”
Liverpool is poised to boost its transfer funds by selling midfielder Alberto Aquilani to Fiorentina for 7 million pounds and offloading back-up goalkeeper Brad Jones to Norwich, the Daily Mail reported.
The Reds may step up their attempts to sign Swansea’s Joe Allen if a deal can be completed for Aquilani, who has an annual salary of 6 million pounds and has spent the past two seasons on loan at Juventus and AC Milan, the newspaper added.
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