World Football Gossip Roundup: Kevin Strootman, Arjen Robben, Joao Moutinho
Endings and beginnings are the hot topics in this Wednesday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup.
Arjen Robben and Landon Donovan made waves early this week with some vague talk about the future. Meanwhile, midfielders Kevin Strootman and Joao Moutinho could be on the verge of new horizons.
Inside we have all of those stories, along with updates on Fernando Llorente, Theo Walcott, Rio Ferdinand and the Polish sports ministry.
Read on for all the details.
Agent Hints That Kevin Strootman Will Move in Summer
The agent of Kevin Strootman, Chiel Dekker, has hinted that the Dutch midfielder could transfer to a new club next summer (via talkSPORT).
Strootman, 22, has been linked with Manchester United and AC Milan. Both will have to wait until the offseason for any potential move, according to Dekker.
"My client could leave in January? Absolutely not. There's nothing in that," he said. "We are only in October - the only thing I can say is to call me back in May."
Arjen Robben Considered Retiring
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Bayern Munich and Netherlands midfielder Arjen Robben told Dutch TV on Tuesday that he had recently considered retirement due to repeated injuries (via ESPN FC).
Robben, 28, later walked back his comments. Speaking to Bild, he said: "Out of frustration, because it takes so long, I had those thoughts. But no worries, I will be back soon. Retirement? Definitely now!"
Juventus Ahead in Chase for Fernando Llorente?
Juventus will reportedly beat Arsenal to the signing of Spain international forward Fernando Llorente. The Italian club will then sign winger Theo Walcott away from Arsenal (via Daily Mirror).
Juve have reportedly offered Llorente, 27, a provisional contract worth £145,000 per week. Walcott, 23, is in the final year of his contract and has yet to sign an extension with Arsenal.
PSG Prepare Bid for Joao Moutinho?
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Paris Saint-Germain are preparing a January bid for Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho (via Goal.com).
Moutinho, 26, appeared on his way to Tottenham in the summer transfer window after Spurs and Porto reportedly agreed on a €27 million fee. The move fell through and now PSG are reportedly preparing a €37 million bid.
Moutinho reportedly would earn more than €184,000 per week in the French capital. Zenit St. Petersburg are also thought to be interested.
Rio Ferdinand to Snub Ashley Cole Handshake?
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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand could snub Chelsea defender Ashley Cole in the pre-match handshakes between the teams this Sunday (via Daily Mail).
Cole testified on teammate John Terry's behalf in his racism trial earlier this year. Terry had been accused of racially abusing Ferdinand's brother, Anton, a Queens Park Rangers defender.
Terry was found not guilty in a British court but was banned and fined by the Football Association on similar charges.
Anton Ferdinand snubbed Cole's handshake when QPR and Chelsea played in September.
Landon Donovan Not Returning to Everton?
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Polish Sports Minister Offers to Resign
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Poland's sports minister has offered to resign following the fallout from the recent UEFA World Cup qualifying match between Poland and England (Reuters via The Independent).
The match was postponed due to heavy rain and was played a day later than originally scheduled. The stadium that hosted the match has a retractable roof, which was not closed ahead of kickoff.
"I feel politically responsible for the situation," Sports Minister Anna Mucha said. "The responsibility of the minister is not only to make sure that all procedures are followed. It's wider."