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Chelsea Give Torres Month to Prove Himself, Mirror Says: Roundup

November 30, 2012

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

One Month

Chelsea has given Fernando Torres one month to prove himself to interim manager Rafael Benitez, the Daily Mirror said.

The striker has struggled since his record 50 million-pound ($80 million) pound move from Liverpool almost two years ago, but Benitez, his former manager with the Reds, believes the player can regain his scoring form, the Mail said.

Chelsea has interest in Metalist Kharkiv striker Taison, and the Brazilian watched the Blues play Fulham this week amid reports in South America he will sign a 10 million-pound deal ahead of the January transfer period, the Mail said.

City Job

Jose Mourinho is ready and willing to take over at Manchester City next summer if the club fires Roberto Mancini, the Sun said.

Mancini is under fire after City failed to progress from the Champions League group stage. Even though he’s under contract to 2017, ownership might be tempted to sever ties if they can get Mourinho, who still has four years left on his deal at Real Madrid, the Sun said.

Remy’s Rebuff

Marseille striker Loic Remy will turn down any attempt by winless Queens Park Rangers to sign him because he wants to play in the Champions League, the Daily Mail said.

New QPR manager Harry Redknapp is interested in the 25- year-old and tried to sign him while at Tottenham, the Mail said. Remy is under contract until 2015 but his agent has said Marseille would let him go if it can get an offer of 10 million pounds, the newspaper said.

Pay Cuts

Arsenal players will be forced to take significant pay cuts if they fail to qualify for the Champions League, the Mail said.

The club is trying to lock several of its core players -- including Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Bacary Sagna and Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain -- into long-term contacts, but those deals will include failure clauses that result in less money if they don’t make Europe’s top club competition, the Mail said.

Sterling Deal

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has urged Raheem Sterling to sign a new long-term contract when he turns 18 next month, the Guardian said.

Talks between winger’s representatives and Liverpool officials failed to produce an agreement this week, though the club is adamant a deal will get done as Chelsea and Manchester City monitor the situation, the Guardian said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.


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