World Football Gossip Roundup: Radamel Falcao, Pep Guardiola, Fernando Llorente
Radamel Falcao might be on his way out of Spain, and Pep Guardiola might be on his way back to management.
Those two big names lead this Thursday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup. Inside, we also have updates on Fernando Llorente, Arturo Vidal and Wilfried Zaha.
Keep reading for all the details.
Radamel Falcao Unsure over Atletico Madrid Future
Colombian striker Radamel Falcao has said Spain's economic problems may mean he has to move to a new team (via Daily Mirror).
The situation depends not only on the players and the management but also the economy of the clubs and even the country.
I could only go by what was said by the club and they said it would be difficult for me to stay if they did not reach the Champions League.
'The future was uncertain regarding the economic issue, but it was a great effort from the team and they kept almost the entire playing staff, which speaks volumes for how well Atletico are doing.
Falcao, 26, joined Atletico in 2011 from Porto. He has scored 23 goals in 39 caps for Colombia.
AC Milan Want Pep Guardiola?
AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi wants to replace current manager Massimiliano Allegri with former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola, according to the Daily Mirror.
Guardiola, 41, quit Barcelona at the end of the 2011-12 season, citing fatigue. He is not currently managing a team.
Allegri, 45, has managed Milan since 2010, winning the 2010-11 Italian league title. Milan's slow start to the season has led to speculation over Allegri's future with the team.
Guardiola is thought to want a job in England, and Manchester United are reportedly interested in Guardiola as a successor to legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Fernando Llorente Open to January Transfer?
Fernando Llorente is open to a January transfer from Athletic Bilbao to Juventus (via Goal.com).
Goal.com cites Corriere dello Sport in quoting Llorente's agent:
In the summer he wanted to join Juventus but Athletic Bilbao did not want to sell him for less than his release clause. Italy in January? Why not? It is a great championship and Fernando would like to play there. Juventus are a great team, but so are Inter, AC Milan, Manchester City and so on. We will see what happens.
Llorente, a 27-year-old Spain international striker, walked out of training earlier this week after a heated disagreement with manager Marcelo Bielsa (via ESPN FC).
Wilfried Zaha Bound for Premier League?
Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha could be bound for the English Premier League, according to talkSPORT.
Liverpool and Tottenham are thought to be interested in Zaha. According to talkSPORT, Palace manager Dougie Freedman said:
When he's ready and when I think he's ready to go to the right club, I will tap Wilfried on the shoulder and tell him I can’t help him any longer.
Wilfried can play at the top level if he continues going with his movement, he’s got wonderful technique and ability. His all-round game is coming together.
Palace currently play in the League Championship, the second tier of English football. Zaha has represented England at the Under-19 and Under-21 levels.
Manchester City Want Arturo Vidal?
Manchester City are interested in Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, according to a Goal.com exclusive.
City reportedly wanted to sign midfielder Daniele De Rossi from Roma over the summer, but no move materialized. Now manager Roberto Mancini reportedly wants Vidal, a 25-year-old Chilean international.
A source told Goal.com: "Mancini loves this guy to death and has briefed owners about him. There was talk last summer Tevez or Dzeko might have been involved, but Juve wanted silly money."