World Football Gossip Roundup: Shinji Kagawa, Cristiano Ronaldo, Michael Ballack
Another deal done, with countless others ripe for endless speculation.
Shinji Kagawa's move to Manchester United is all but done, but that doesn't mean the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup is hurting for stories today.
In fact, there's plenty of juicy gossip to go around.
We've got updates on Cristiano Ronaldo, Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool revolution, Michael Ballack's potential move to Major League Soccer and much more.
Keep reading for the details.
United Reach Kagawa Deal
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Shinji Kagawa's transfer from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United is almost complete.
Manchester United's official website confirmed the club has agreed terms with Borussia Dortmund and Kagawa for his transfer to United.
All that remains is Kagawa's medical and the formality of obtaining a work permit. According to the website, those details should be finished around the end of this month.
Kagawa, 23, scored 13 league goals and added 11 assists this past season for Dortmund, who won the German Bundesliga for the second consecutive season. He has earned 30 international caps for Japan, scoring 10 goals.
Real for Life?
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Cristiano Ronaldo: Real for life?
Maybe so, according to reports out of Spain. ESPN Soccernet cites a report from Spanish newspaper Marca that quotes Ronaldo saying just that.
"If it was up to me, I'd stay here until the end of my career," he said. "I really mean that, sincerely. I would stay at Real Madrid and I'd sign up for ten years today. I want to stay but it depends on others."
Ronaldo, 27, joined Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2009.
Rio Snubbed Again
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Controversy surrounds England's preparations for Euro 2012, with veteran defender Rio Ferdinand being snubbed a second time by new manager Roy Hodgson.
Ferdinand, 33, was left out of England's squad for the tournament, with Hodgson instead picking John Terry in central defense. Terry was involved in a racism scandal last fall after allegedly abusing Rio's brother Anton during a match.
Terry will stand trial for the incident after Euro 2012, but Hodgson insisted his decision to select Terry and leave out Rio was for "footballing reasons."
Central defender Gary Cahill suffered a broken jaw during England's win over Belgium on Saturday. The injury ruled Cahill out of Euro 2012, and Hodgson selected 22-year-old Martin Kelly to replace him.
Not surprisingly, there's been some backlash.
Rio has reportedly told friends that Hodgson's decision was "morally very suspect," and tweeted this:
What reasons?????!!!— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) June 3, 2012
Suarez to Stay?
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Ballack Balks at Deal?
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Former German international Michael Ballack might not be heading to Montreal.
According to Goal.com, negotiations between Ballack and the Montreal Impact have broken down, with Ballack focusing on television work with ESPN during Euro 2012.
Montreal could now chase AC Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf.
Gunners Talking to Biglia?
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Arsenal are in talks with Anderlecht over Argentine midfielder Lucas Biglia, according to The Sun.
The report says Biglia, 26, would cost about £8 million and adds that Real Madrid are also interested.
Lucas Moura Staying Until 2014?
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VDV to Germany?
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Tottenham Hotspur's Rafael van der Vaart has reportedly declined to squash rumors of a move to German club Schalke.
Metro reports that Schalke's training ground sits less than an hour from the TV station where Van der Vaart's wife works.
The article fails to mention that Schalke, who finished third in the Bundesliga this past season, will play in the Champions League next season. Tottenham will not.