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The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Luka Modric is set to travel to Spain within the next 48 hours to have a physical examination and discuss personal terms with Real Madrid after the Spanish champion offered a package that guarantees Tottenham close to 35 million pounds ($55 million), the Daily Telegraph reported.
Spurs had initially placed a 50 million-pound price on the Croatia midfielder and rejected a deal that could have risen to more than 35 million pounds because they were unhappy with the guaranteed proportion of the payment, the newspaper said.
Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez could move to Arsenal after his club agreed to buy Gunners’ captain Robin van Persie, the Daily Mirror reported.
Hernandez is said to be frustrated at an inevitable lack of starting opportunities now that van Persie is joining, amid speculation he has told United manager Alex Ferguson that he wants to leave, the newspaper said.
Arsenal will consider selling midfielder Alex Song to Barcelona if the London club receives an offer between 15 million pounds and 20 million pounds, the Daily Mail reported.
The Gunners will step up their interest in Yann M’Vila, who plays for French club Rennes, if Song departs, the Mail added.
Everton is preparing a move for Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam, who would cost 5 million pounds because he won’t be picked as a starter by new manager Brendan Rodgers, the Mirror reported.
David Moyes, Everton’s manager, is gauging what the reaction would be to Adam becoming the first Liverpool player to be sold directly to Everton since Gary Ablett in 1992, the newspaper said.
Scotland international Adam could be replaced by Real Madrid’s Nuri Sahin after Liverpool moved ahead of Arsenal in the pursuit to take the 23-year-old Turkish midfielder on a season-long loan, the Guardian reported.
The deal has swung in Liverpool’s favor because Rodgers worked under Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and Sahin’s teammate Xabi Alonso has been extolling the virtues of his former club in recent weeks, the newspaper said.
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