World Football Gossip Roundup: Neymar, Isco, Robert Lewandowski, Wilfried Zaha
Neymar's days in Brazil are numbered, but how high is that number?
According to one world-famous former Brazilian international, Neymar needs to get out of the country sooner rather than later. That story leads this Tuesday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup.
Inside, we also have updates on Wilfried Zaha (pictured), Robert Lewandowski, Frank Lampard and Isco. Read on for all the details.
Rivaldo: Neymar Must Go to Europe
Neymar must move to Europe before the 2014 World Cup, according to quotes attributed to former Brazil international Rivaldo (via Goal.com).
Rivaldo (pictured), 40, was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 1999. He moved from Brazilian club Palmeiras to Spanish club Deportivo La Coruña at age 24 in 1996 and later played for Barcelona and AC Milan.
Neymar, 20, has been linked with several European clubs, including Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea.
"We all need some changes every now and then," Rivaldo was quoted as saying by Terra. "Neymar must leave Brazil and his familiar surroundings. He should come to Europe in order to gain experience."
Juventus Chasing Robert Lewandowski
Juventus have joined the race to sign Polish forward Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund (via talkSPORT).
Italian newspaper Tuttosport has reported that Juventus have made "advanced moves" for Lewandowski.
Lewandowski, 24, joined Dortmund from Lech Poznan in 2010.
His contract expires in 2014, and he has turned down an extension offer from Dortmund. Manchester United have also been linked with him (via ESPN FC).
Chinese Clubs Want Frank Lampard?
Chinese clubs Shanghai Shenhua and Beijing Guoan are interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard. Both are reportedly willing to pay the England midfielder £250,000 per week after taxes (via The Sun).
The Los Angeles Galaxy, a Major League Soccer club, have also reportedly shown interest.
Lampard, 34, has a contract with Chelsea through the end of the current season. Previous reports have indicated Chelsea will offer Lampard and other over-30 stars one-year contract extensions (via Daily Mail).
Arsenal Increase Interest in Wilfried Zaha
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is increasing his interest in Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha (via Daily Telegraph).
Wenger has reportedly asked Pat Rice, a former assistant, to scout Zaha in the League Championship. Rice, who retired last season, retains a role with the club and has already watched Zaha this season.
Newcastle and Liverpool are also thought to be interested. Palace reportedly turned down an offer from a Premier League club earlier this year.
Zaha, 19, has represented England at the U-19 and U-21 levels.
Club Official: Isco Could Leave Malaga in January
Malaga sporting director Mario Husillos has admitted Isco could leave the club in January (via Goal.com).
Isco, 20, has impressed for Malaga in La Liga and the Champions League this season. He represented Spain at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Husillos said Malaga do not want to let Isco leave. Isco, however, reportedly has a £17 million buyout clause in his contract.
"We want to keep him here but you all know there is a buyout clause in his contract," Husillos said. "So, if a club pay the clause, it does not depend on us anymore."
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