World Football Gossip Roundup: David Silva, Cesc Fabregas, Jack Wilshere
Try not to do a series of double takes when reading this Monday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup.
A few sample questions to get the kneejerk reactions flowing:
Manchester City might pay David Silva how much?
Who's set to resume training with Arsenal?
Everton might be interested in which goalkeeper?
Find out more inside, where we also have updates on Cesc Fabregas and fan chanting at next weekend's Liverpool-Manchester United match.
Read on for all the details.
David Silva to Sign?
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Spanish midfielder David Silva and Manchester City are "on the verge of" finalizing a new contract worth £200,000 per week, according to the Daily Mail. The deal should be done within the next two weeks, according to the report.
Silva, 26, joined City from Valencia in 2010. He had been linked with Real Madrid over the summer.
According to the Mail, contract talks had slowed in the preseason but improved with the arrival of Spanish executive Ferran Soriano. With incentives, Silva's salary could reportedly hit £250,000 per week.
Cesc Fabregas to Stay?
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Spain international midfielder/forward Cesc Fabregas says he will stay at Barcelona and fight for his place, according to the The Sun.
Earlier this month, the 25-year-old revealed his frustration with his reduced role in new manager Tito Vilanova's team (via The Independent). That sparked speculation that he would return to Arsenal, the club he left for Barcelona in 2011.
Fabregas has rejected the speculation with his latest comments.
I said when I signed here that it was going to be the most exciting and difficult challenge of my life. I knew I was coming to compete for a place against the best players in the world. But I like big challenges.
If I didn’t I would have stayed at Arsenal where I was the captain, where I played every game and where I was treated so well.
I have a big heart, a strong character and I have the courage to carry on competing for my place.
Manchester United, Liverpool Want Fans to Stop Chants
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Manchester United and Liverpool could issue a joint statement ahead of their match this weekend, urging fans to stop abusive chants that reference disasters in each club's history (via Daily Mirror).
Sunday's match is the first between the clubs since an independent report cleared Liverpool fans of any blame for the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. Some United fans referenced the tragedy in a chant during the team's 4-0 victory over Wigan this past weekend, a move the club condemned (via ESPN FC).
According to the Mirror report, Liverpool's Luis Suarez has been ordered to shake hands with United's Patrice Evra. Suarez served a long ban last season for racially abusing Evra and then refused to shake hands with the French defender the next time the clubs met.
Jack Wilshere to Train?
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England international midfielder Jack Wilshere will resume full training with Arsenal this week, according to Metro.
Wilshere, 20, has not played since August 2011 after suffering a series of knee and ankle problems.
Metro speculates that Wilshere could play in Arsenal's Under-21 match against West Bromwich Albion on Oct. 1.
Everton After Artur Boruc?
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