World Football Gossip Roundup: Pep Guardiola, Wesley Sneijder, Karim Benzema
The English Premier League's global television deals are set to top £5 billion next season (via The Guardian).
What does that have to do with this Wednesday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup? Nothing directly—it just goes to show how much money there currently is in the game.
It's probably no surprise, then, that today's roundup includes stories on big names like Pep Guardiola, Daniele De Rossi, Wesley Sneijder and Karim Benzema.
Read on for all the details.
AC Milan Step Up Pep Guardiola Chase?
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AC Milan have increased their efforts to bring former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola to the San Siro, according to the Daily Mail.
Guardiola, 41, quit Barcelona at the end of last season, citing fatigue. Massimiliano Allegri, AC Milan's current manager, is under pressure after a poor start to the season.
Chelsea and Manchester City are also thought to be interested, according to the Mail.
Agent: Wesley Sneijder Not Going to Anzhi
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Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder will not leave Inter Milan for Anzhi Makhachkala, according to the player's agent (via Goal.com).
Sneijder, 28, had been linked with the big-spending Russian club. He has a contract with Inter until 2015.
His agent said: "Wesley has no intention at all to go to Anzhi. All these rumours are false."
Karim Benzema: I'm Not Leaving Real Madrid
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France international forward Karim Benzema says he is not leaving Real Madrid (via Marca).
Benzema, 24, joined Real Madrid in 2009. Last week, he was quoted as saying he was unhappy with his amount of playing time at the club.
Those comments led to speculation that Benzema might join big-spending French club Paris Saint-Germain.
Ezequiel Lavezzi: PSG Would Be Interested in Daniele De Rossi
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Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi says his club would be interested in Italian midfielder Daniele De Rossi (via Goal.com).
De Rossi, 29, has been linked with Manchester City in recent weeks. He recently received a three-match ban for punching an opponent in the face (via ESPN FC).
Lavezzi, who joined PSG from Napoli in the summer, said: "With players like (De Rossi), it is clear that a team as big and with the ambition of Paris Saint-Germain would be interested."
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Says Steven Gerrard Should Join a New Club
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Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic says Steven Gerrard should move to a new club, according to the Daily Mirror.
Ibrahimovic, 31, joined Paris Saint-Germain from AC Milan in the summer. Gerrard, 32, has played only for Liverpool in his professional career.
Every time we play against Steven, the coach always says to be careful because he is the player that makes the difference. But I would like to see Steven in—of course, Liverpool is a big club—but in a big international club.
England and Sweden play on Wednesday in an international friendly.