World Football Gossip Roundup: Radamel Falcao, Neymar, Stevan Jovetic
If the sun is up and the sky is blue, Neymar and Radamel Falcao are in the transfer news.
Neymar and Falcao, a pair of highly coveted, rising stars, lead this Sunday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup.
Which clubs are interested this time? Keep reading to find out, along with updates on Arsenal's January transfer budget, the never-ending pursuit of Stevan Jovetic and Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes' job security.
Falcao Hints at England Future
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Colombian international striker Radamel Falcao has hinted that he might play in England in the future (The Times via Goal.com):
England? One day, I could go. It is a game I have watched for a long time and one day I would like to sample it.
I used to watch it on television when I was a kid. Players like Roy Keane, Eric Cantona, [Gianfranco] Zola. But the one I supported was [Faustino] Asprilla, when he was at Newcastle.
I think I could adapt to England. I think I could score goals.
Falcao, 26, scored 24 La Liga goals for Atletico Madrid last season. He joined Atletico from Porto in 2011 and has been linked with Manchester City and Chelsea.
Neymar: Oscar Wants Me to Sign with Chelsea
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Santos forward Neymar says Brazil international teammate Oscar wants him at Chelsea, according to The Sun.
Neymar is quoted as saying:
Oscar messages me to tell me what a great club Chelsea is and what a great city London is. He and Dani are both very good salesmen for their clubs. When the time is right I will listen to the right offers that my agent has for me.
It is very simple — if Barcelona are interested you listen, if Real Madrid are interested you listen, if Chelsea are interested you listen. There are maybe five clubs in the world that you know you must at least listen to.
Oscar, 21, joined Chelsea over the summer and reportedly has tried to convince Neymar to follow him to London. Neymar, 20, has been linked with Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, with Brazilian defender Dani Alves reportedly lobbying Neymar to join Barca.
Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger to Have £35 Million to Spend in January?
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will have £35 million to spend on new players in the January transfer window, according to the Sunday Mirror.
The Mirror speculates that Arsenal could pursue Colombian striker Radamel Falcao with the money. Atletico Madrid signed Falcao in 2011 for a reported £34.7 million (via The Guardian).
Juventus, Manchester City Still Chasing Stevan Jovetic?
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Manchester City and Juventus will again try to sign Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic in January (via Goal.com).
Jovetic, 22, was reportedly a transfer target for both clubs in August, with Juventus having a €20 million bid turned down.
Fiorentina reportedly value Jovetic between €30 million and €35 million.
Jovetic scored 14 Serie A goals for Fiorentina last season in 27 appearances.
QPR Chairman Won't Sack Mark Hughes
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Queens Park Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes has said that manager Mark Hughes will not be sacked, despite the club's poor start to the season (via Daily Telegraph).
Rangers spent heavily in the summer transfer window, but sit last in the Premier League table with two points and no victories through seven matches.
But Fernandes said that Hughes will not lose his job, even if Rangers remain in the relegation battle throughout the season.
“My faith in Mark has not wavered. Not at all," said Fernandes. "I’m 1,000 percent behind him. I love him. He’s honest, hard-working, ambitious and he’s a friend.”
QPR host Everton on Oct. 21.