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World Football Gossip Roundup: Wilfried Zaha, Andriy Shevchenko, Mario Balotelli

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterNovember 13, 2012

World Football Gossip Roundup: Wilfried Zaha, Andriy Shevchenko, Mario Balotelli

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    The list of Wilfried Zaha's potential suitors is no longer limited to the British Isles. So, then, what will he do?

    We don't have the answer to that yet, but there's reportedly a big continental club now showing interest in the 20-year-old.

    That story leads this Tuesday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup, which also includes updates on Mario Balotelli, Andriy Shevchenko, Leandro Damiao and John Terry's injury.

    Read on for all the details.

Real Madrid Watching Wilfried Zaha?

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    Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has sent scouts to watch Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, according to the Daily Mirror.

    Zaha, 20, is thought to be a transfer target for several Premier League clubs, including Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea. He has been called up to the senior England squad for Wednesday night's friendly with Sweden.

    Crystal Palace reportedly value Zaha around £20 million.

Andriy Shevchenko to Coach Ukraine?

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    Retired Ukraine forward Andriy Shevchenko is a candidate to be the next manager of his country's national team, according to Goal.com.

    Shevchenko, 36, retired after Euro 2012, which Ukraine co-hosted with Poland. In a professional career that lasted from 1994 to 2012, he played for AC Milan and Chelsea, among other clubs.

Mario Balotelli Set to Leave Manchester City?

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    Italian forward Mario Balotelli is set to leave Manchester City, according to The Sun.

    Balotelli, 22, was reportedly seen entering a bar at 1 a.m. the night before City played Tottenham Hotspur. He watched the match from the stands.

    According to The Sun, Balotelli will leave City to make way for the £45 million-valued Colombian forward Radamel Falcao.

    Balotelli's agent, meanwhile, says Balotelli is not leaving City (via Goal.com).

Leandro Damiao Wants Real Madrid Move?

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    Brazilian forward Leandro Damiao says he wants to play for Real Madrid when he moves to Europe (via talkSPORT).

    Leandro, 23, has been linked extensively with Tottenham Hotspur but reportedly says he is happy with Internacional in Brazil. He said:

    Now is not the moment to be thinking of playing in Europe. I just want to continue improving and scoring goals. However, every footballer dreams of playing at a club such as Real Madrid but I'm only 23 and there is plenty of time to take that step forward. I have a contract and I love it here and don't feel the need to move away right now. Even so, it's obvious that the day will come when I will leave Brazil to go and play in Europe.

    Leandro scored six goals at the 2012 Olympics, more than any other player.

Oriol Romeu Back to Spain?

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    Valencia and Espanyol are interested in bringing Spanish midfielder Oriol Romeu back to Spain from Chelsea, according to the Daily Mail.

    Romeu, a 21-year-old midfielder, joined Chelsea from Barcelona in 2011 but has not secured a regular spot in the Blues' lineup. He has been capped by Spain at five youth levels.

    PSV Eindhoven are also thought to be interested in Romeu.

    In other Chelsea news, captain and defender John Terry is set to miss at least two weeks after injuring his knee in a match against Liverpool over the weekend. Terry did not suffer significant damage to knee ligaments (via Daily Mail).

     

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