World Football Gossip Roundup: Nani, Paulinho, Wilfried Zaha, Federico Macheda

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterOctober 18, 2012

World Football Gossip Roundup: Nani, Paulinho, Wilfried Zaha, Federico Macheda

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    The racism controversy involving Serbia and England is dominating the news, but meanwhile the rumor mill rumbles on.

    While UEFA sorts out matters between those two associations, there's another team interested in Nani and a new figure for the potential sale of Wilfried Zaha to a Premier League club.

    All that and more are in this Thursday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup. Read on for all the details.

England, Serbia Charged in U-21 Incident

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    UEFA has brought charges against both the English and Serbian associations following a violent incident at the end of Tuesday's Under-21 match in Krusevac, Serbia (via BBC Sport).

    The Serbian association has been charged with alleged racial chants from fans. Both associations have been charged with failing to control their players after the final whistle.

    England won the match 1-0 on a late goal by Connor Wickham. The victory sent England to the 2013 UEFA U-21 European Championship.

    The case will be reviewed on Nov. 22.

    According to the Daily Mail, the Serbian association has blamed Danny Rose, who was sent off following the final whistle, for the incident. Rose allegedly endured racist chants throughout the match.

Juventus Join Nani Race

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    Juventus have joined the race to sign Portuguese winger Nani from Manchester United (via

    Nani, 25, joined Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon in 2007. He has fallen out of favor this season and Zenit St. Petersburg reportedly almost signed him in the summer.

    AC Milan are also thought to be interested, though the Rossoneri reportedly want a cut-price deal of about €12 million.

Corinthians Want to Keep Paulinho

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    Corinthians want to keep midfielder Paulinho in Brazil, denying reports they would field a big-money offer from Chelsea (via Sky Sports).

    Paulinho, 24, has won six senior caps for Brazil, scoring twice.

Wilfried Zaha to Cost at Least £20 Million?

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    Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish says Wilfried Zaha will not leave the club for less than £20 million (via Daily Mail).

    Zaha, 19, is an England Under-21 international midfielder. He has reportedly drawn interest from Premier League clubs Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.

    "I said at the start of the season that keeping hold of Wilf would be like spending a lot of money on a transfer," said Parish. "Other sides can fly their kites but it would take £20m before we even got interested."

Federico Macheda to Leave Manchester United?

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    Italian striker Federico Macheda could leave Manchester United if he does not receive more playing time (via The Sun).

    Macheda, 21, has not played in a competitive first-team match since Dec. 26, 2011. He has spent time on loan with Sampdoria and Queens Park Rangers.