World Football Gossip Roundup: Isco, Nani, Mark Clattenburg, Duncan Jenkins
In this Wednesday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup, players with one name rule the transfer talk.
In Spain, Malaga are trying desperately to hold on to Isco, the 20-year-old midfield sensation.
In England, meanwhile, Manchester United don't seem to care whether Portuguese winger Nani stays or goes.
Read on for the latest on those stories, along with updates on the Mark Clattenburg controversy, Liverpool's mystery fan and the Polish national stadium.
Mark Clattenburg Latest
Leeds United manager Neil Warnock says Chelsea are trying to "kill" referee Mark Clattenburg because they were unhappy with his calls during Sunday's English Premier League loss to Manchester United (via The Sun).
"I am on Mark Clattenburg’s side because I think he’s made a mistake with the sending-off of Fernando Torres—but Chelsea are trying to kill him because of that," Warnock is quoted as saying. “And I don’t agree with that at all."
Clattenburg is accused of racially abusing two Chelsea players during Sunday's match. He has denied the accusations.
Warnock also said he thinks Chelsea should be punished if their allegations of racial abuse are proven false.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports that Chelsea have hired independent attorneys to investigate their players' claims.
Also, midfielder John Obi Mikel, who was allegedly one of the abused players, could be charged by the FA for his actions in the dressing room following the match.
Liverpool Apologize to Fan
Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has apologized to blogger Sean Cummins for "inappropriate behavior" by the club's communications director Jen Chang (via Liverpool Echo).
Chang, a former journalist who worked for American magazine Sports Illustrated, allegedly threatened Cummins, who had claimed to know sensitive information about Liverpool transfers.
Cummins is the Liverpool fan behind the spoof journalist "Duncan Jenkins."
For B/R Lead Writer Will Tidey's account of the saga, click here.
Poland National Stadium Manager Sacked
Robert Wojtas, the manager of Poland's national stadium, has been removed from his position following pressure from the Polish government (via Daily Mirror).
The government's sports ministry had criticized Wojtas' role in the postponement of Poland's World Cup qualifier with England earlier this month. The match was postponed due to rain despite the fact that the stadium has a retractable roof.
The rescheduled match was drawn 1-1 on Oct. 17.
Nani Set to Leave Manchester United?
Nani is set to leave Manchester United after the latest round of contract negotiations failed (via Daily Telegraph).
Nani, 25, joined United from Sporting Lisbon in 2007 for a reported £17 million. The Telegraph reports that his contract expires in June 2014 but that he could leave this summer.
According to the Daily Star, United will consider offers of about £20 million for Nani. Porto, Benfica, Juventus and Zenit St. Petersburg are listed as possible destinations.
Also, the Star identifies Porto's James Rodriguez as a potential replacement.
Finally, the Daily Mail reports that United are watching Bayer Leverkusen and Germany midfielder Lars Bender.
Bender, 23, was reportedly a Bayern Munich target in the summer.
Malaga Trying to Keep Isco
Malaga want to tie Isco to a new deal that would discourage interest from Manchester City and Real Madrid, according to The Sun.
Isco, a 20-year-old attacking midfielder, reportedly has a £17 million buyout clause in his current contract. Malaga reportedly want to increase that figure to about £30 million.
Meanwhile, the Daily Star reports that Manchester United are "confident" of signing Isco before City. Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool and Tottenham are also thought to be interested.