World Football Gossip Roundup: Ronaldo, Mourinho, Guardiola, Nani, Vertonghen
Mourinho, Ronaldo to Chelsea?
Breathless reports surround Chelsea today as the West London club searches for its next manager.
Of course, if the reports are true, the new manager could be an old face.
According to the Independent, Mourinho's price tag would be £15 million. He reportedly cost Real Madrid £7 million.
Mourinho managed Chelsea from 2004-07, winning two league titles. Ronaldo joined Real from Manchester United in 2009.
Pep Guardiola Staying at Barca?
Pep Guardiola is reportedly going nowhere. That Independent article also reports that Guardiola will stay at Barcelona despite heavy interest from Chelsea.
"Pep will stay for sure because this is his home and the club is his family," said Barca midfielder Seydou Keita. "Why would he want to leave?"
We can think of a few million reasons.
Harry Has Competition
Both Mourinho and Guardiola are also being linked with another high-profile job.
According to Sky Sports, the Football Association has narrowed the search for the next England manager to three names: Mourinho, Guardiola and Tottenham's Harry Redknapp.
FA chairman David Bernstein said that the search is being trated with the "greatest urgency"—adding that the next step is to use "general intelligence" to eliminate those they have identified who do not actually want the position.
One of those who does want the job would ideally be in position by the beginning of May, but the FA's headhunters are committed to a front-door process that will be "professional" and "proper".
However, to get the right man it appears the FA would be willing to wait until the beginning of August if that is what the favoured candidate wanted while an interim manager - probably Stuart Pearce—would guide England to Euro 2012 in June.
General intelligence, eh? Good luck with that.
Hummels Staying Put
Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels in recent months has been linked with a move to Manchester United. But according to Metro, the German international will stay with Dortmund after the season.
"But I want to stay here. Why should I go?" Hummels told German newspaper Bild. "I feel good here and I am very grateful to the club that I got the chance."
AVB Left in Tears?
The papers just won't leave Andre Villas-Boas alone. On Monday, Mirror Football claimed AVB was "in tears as he left Chelsea" despite receiving £10 million in severance pay.
Most of Chelsea's players reportedly declined to say goodbye to Villas-Boas.
Hamburg Want Lukaku?
Another name on the way out of Stamford Bridge could be Romelu Lukaku. According to the Mail Online, Hamburg sporting director Frank Arnesen was planning a flight to London for Tuesday. The goal was reportedly to sign Lukaku on loan.
Lukaku, 18, joined Chelsea from Anderlecht in 2011 for a reported £20 million. The Belgian has made six league appearances this season.
Liverpool Tracking Colombian Striker
According to TalkSport, Liverpool are "keeping tabs" on Colombian striker Jackson Martinez.
Martinez, 25, currently plays for Jaguares de Chiapas of Mexico. Jaguares reportedly value Martinez at €5 million.
Vertonghen Keen on England
Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen has long been linked with multiple Premier League clubs. So it's probably no surprise that Vertonghen has said, again, that he wants a move to the English Premier League.
"I am still under contract until June 2013, but I do not intend to extend it," the Ajax captain told Vak410.nl.
"I hope to continue my career at a good Premier League club where I can stay for many seasons.
"I will miss Ajax and I do not plan to sell my house [in Amsterdam]. But I want to get to know England and the unique atmosphere of its stadia."
Vertonghen, 24, has represented Belgium 36 times.
Nani's New Contract
Finally, we end with some good news for Manchester United.
According to the Independent, the Old Trafford club is set to extend Nani's contract. The Portuguese winger is reportedly earning about £90,000 per week and would earn a raise to around £125,000 per week.
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