World Football Gossip Roundup: Sergio Busquets, Neymar, Nani, Fernando Torres
The Iberian Peninsula plays a prominent role in this Wednesday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup.
Manchester City have reportedly targeted their millions on another big-name player, and this time he's a Spain international.
Meanwhile, Portuguese winger Nani is apparently on his way out of Manchester United. Where will he go?
Finally, Spanish striker Fernando Torres has allowed a fascinating look into his life during what was at times a miserable 2011-12 season. You won't want to miss what he said.
Read on for all the details.
Manchester City Target Sergio Busquets?
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Manchester City have targeted Barcelona and Spain international defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets (via Daily Mirror).
Barcelona have said Busquets, 24, is not for sale. Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with him previously.
According to the Mirror, City hope "a huge fee and lucrative contract may make the deal happen." The paper did not offer specifics.
Danny Rose Calls for Serbia Ban Following U-21 Incident
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Before a rainout affected England's senior team in Poland, the Under-21 side were involved in controversy in Serbia.
Following the incident, England U-21 international Danny Rose called for Serbia to be banned for racism (via BBC Sport).
England won the match 1-0 and qualified for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. After the match, fans raced onto the pitch, where numerous tussles erupted.
Rose, 22, said he heard monkey chants throughout the game. He was sent off after the final whistle for kicking away a ball.
After 60 minutes my mind wasn't really on the game. I was just so angry and it was so hard to concentrate.
Then we scored and after 90 minutes' worth of abuse, I expressed my emotions as soon as we scored.
Next thing I know, all the Serbia players were surrounding me, pushing me. I remember getting slapped twice. I got ushered away and that's when I kicked the ball—and then the referee sent me off.
I don't understand–the game had finished. And then there was more monkey chanting. They should be banned.
The Football Association reported an unspecified number of incidents to UEFA. British Prime Minister David Cameron called for "tough sanctions" on Serbia.
Neymar Wants to Learn English
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Neymar wants to learn English, according to talkSPORT.
Neymar, 20, is a Brazilian forward who currently plays for Santos in the Brazilian league. He has generated intense interest from several leading European clubs, including Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea.
Don't get too excited, though, Chelsea fans. Neymar, whose native language is Portuguese, said he also wants to learn another language.
"I want to learn English and Spanish, but between training, family and my son I do not have time to do everything," he said. "I want to get organized and I hope to do a course."
AC Milan Target Cut-Rate Nani Deal
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AC Milan want to sign Manchester United winger Nani in a cut-price deal, according to Goal.com.
United reportedly want €25 for the Portuguese international, but Milan want the price reduced to €15 million.
Nani, 25, joined United from Sporting Lisbon in 2007. He has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford after reportedly falling out with the club. He was linked with Zenit St. Petersburg this past summer (via Daily Mail).
Fernando Torres Did Not Care
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Spanish international striker Fernando Torres says that at one point last season he did not care whether Chelsea won or lost (via The Guardian).
Torres, 28, struggled through much of last season under Andre Villas-Boas as he tried to justify his £50 million transfer fee (he joined from Liverpool in January 2011). Now playing for Roberto Di Matteo, Torres says he has become a better player.
I had team-mates who didn't care if the team won or lost because they were not playing. I never wanted to be like that. One day I discovered that I was like them, that it didn't matter it we won or lost if I was not playing. I wasn't part of the group. I discovered that I was not happy because I had stopped being what I had always wanted to be. In the dressing room, you can never lose that group concept.
Torres has scored four league goals in seven appearances this season.