The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Toure to Sign
Yaya Toure is set to sign a new four-year contract with Manchester City worth more than 11 million pounds ($16.6 million) a year the Sun reported.
The Ivory Coast midfielder, who had become disillusioned after contract talks had stalled for six weeks, has been in talks with City officials since returning from international duty last week, the newspaper added.
City captain Vincent Kompany is on the radar of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich following his club-versus-country row with manager Roberto Mancini, the Daily Telegraph reported.
The trio are all prepared to explore whether the central defender’s fallout with Mancini for disobeying an instruction to pull out of Belgium’s World Cup qualifier with Macedonia last week has any long-term consequence, the newspaper added.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is ready to offer Andy Carroll, who’s currently on loan at West Ham, another chance at Anfield if the striker is prepared to accept a role as a so- called impact substitute, the Daily Mirror reported.
Carroll also would need to undertake pre-season work designed to improve his mobility and help him adapt to the demands of Rodgers’s high-tempo passing game, the Mirror added.
Liverpool still intends to sell Carroll at the earliest opportunity and West Ham may yet try to make his move permanent by signing him for 17 million pounds, the Telegraph reported.
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said Robin Van Persie may be feeling the effects of an intense debut season with the Premier League leader, the Daily Express reported.
Dutch striker Van Persie has scored once in his past 12 matches for United having played 45 games for club and country this campaign, the newspaper added.
“We have to monitor it because we still don’t know all about Robin and the kind of seasons he has had,” the Express cited Ferguson as saying. “I don’t think he had a season of such intensity during his time at Arsenal.”
Ibrahimovic Urges Rooney
Zlatan Ibrahimovic urged Wayne Rooney to join him at Paris Saint-Germain, which is considering an offseason move for the Manchester United forward, the Sun reported.
“If he wants to be part of the best project in football then there is only one club to sign for,” the Sun cited Ibrahimovic as saying. “We are not content with being the dominant force in France, we want to be the top club in Europe as well.”
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