World Football Gossip Roundup: Spain's Treble, Didier Descamps, Mario Balotelli
Euro 2012 belongs to history now, but the rumor mill still belongs to us all.
With Europe's premier international competition done and dusted, it's time to get back to the gossip, innuendo and speculation we all love so much.
First, though, we have a few Euro stragglers, from Andres Iniesta's comments about Spain to Mario Balotelli's pricetag to a potential new manager for France.
Elsewhere, we have updates on Robin van Persie, Filippo Inzaghi, Hugo Lloris, Alan Dzagoev and Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Read on for all the details.
Iniesta: No One Will Match This
Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has hailed La Roja's "historic" Euro 2012 triumph by calling Spain's record of three straight major international titles "something that will never be repeated."
Read all of Iniesta's remarks at the Daily Telegraph.
In other news, Iniesta was named Euro 2012's best player in UEFA's official squad of the tournament (via The Independent).
The €250 Million Man?
Is Italian striker Mario Balotelli worth €250 million? His agent thinks so.
The Daily Mirror quotes agent Mino Raiola as saying: "What is Mario worth after the Euros? Well, I would not say priceless, but if I have to put a value on him, I would say 250 million Euros."
That works out to right around £200 million, and apparently there's something about that number for Raiola, who said Balotelli is "200 percent" staying at Manchester City."
Balotelli scored three goals at Euro 2012, including both in Italy's 2-1 upset of Germany in the semifinals.
Deschamps for Les Bleus?
Didier Deschamps has left French club Marseille among widespread reports that he is set to become the next manager of France (per ESPNSoccernet).
Deschamps, 43, captained France to the World Cup 1998 and Euro 2000 titles. He also has managed Monaco and Juventus.
Laurent Blanc managed Les Bleus at Euro 2012 but resigned after France's elimination.
Arsenal have turned down a €10 million offer from Juventus for Dutch striker Robin van Persie (per Gazzetta Dello Sport, via ESPNSoccernet).
Elsewhere, The Sun is reporting that Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is playing down his side's chances of signing RvP.
Van Persie, 28, serves as captain for the Gunners, whom he joined in 2004 from Feyenoord. He led the English Premier League with 30 goals last season.
Dzagoev to Spurs?
CSKA Moscow forward Alan Dzagoev is wanted by Tottenham Hotspur, according to the player's father (per the Daily Mail).
Dzagoev, 22, scored three times at Euro 2012 as Russia made a disappointing exit at the group stage. According to the Mail, he is also being tracked by Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid.
Inzaghi Heading Down Under?
Veteran Italian striker Filippo Inzaghi is being linked with a move to Australia's Sydney Wanderers (via The Independent).
Inzaghi, who is AC Milan's all-time top scorer, has also been linked with moves to Major League Soccer and the Middle East. The 38-year-old was released by Milan at the end of last season.
France goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris is available for the right price this summer, according to the Daily Mail. That price was not specified.
Lloris, 25, joined Lyon from Nice in 2008. According to the Mail, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal are interested.
Argentine forward Ezequiel Lavezzi has arrived in France for a medical ahead of his widely reported transfer to Paris Saint-Germain (per Goal.com).
Lavezzi, 27, has scored 38 goals for Napoli since joining the Italian club from San Lorenzo in 2007.
In other PSG news, the big-spending French club reportedly wants England and Chelsea defender John Terry for £8 million (Daily Mail).
PSG have confirmed the signing of Lavezzi.
Here's some reaction from Twitter:
Ezequiel Lavezzi signs for PSG. Forget the Pastore deal last summer - this is when PSG got serious.— Mark Patterson (@Mark_Eurosport) July 2, 2012
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