The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the web.
Manchester City may have to pay 42 million pounds ($65 million) for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernandinho, the Daily Mail said.
The 27-year-old’s contract runs until 2016, but in January he said he’s ready to move to Manchester, the newspaper reported. City is reluctant to spend 23 million pounds on the Brazilian, but Shakhtar manager Mircea Lucescu said the player’s release fee is almost double that amount, according to the Mail.
Manchester United will lose the race to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, who will stay in Germany and join Bayern Munich, the Sun said.
The Polish national team member, valued at 25 million pounds, will sign a contract worth 160,000 pounds a week with the German champion, the newspaper said.
The 24-year-old’s contract with Dortmund expires in a year, the Sun said.
Chelsea may give midfielder Frank Lampard another year at the club after his performances this season, the Daily Telegraph said.
The 34-year-old player met with the team’s sporting director, Michael Emenalo, in December and was told there the club wouldn’t be making an offer, but now Chelsea may open talks, the newspaper said.
Lampard is one goal away from equaling Bobby Tambling’s all-time record of 202 for the team.
Chelsea may get midfielder Xabi Alonso along with manager Jose Mourinho from Real Madrid after the season, the Independent said.
The Blues are prepared to pay less than Mourinho’s 10 million-pound annual salary to reimburse Real for his departure, the newspaper said. Alonso, one of the coach’s favorite players, hasn’t responded to Real’s offer of a two-year extension, the newspaper added.
The 31-year-old former Liverpool player may stay in Spain until the end of the 2013-14 season when his contract ends, but Real want to get some money from his departure, the Independent said.
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