World Football Gossip Roundup: David Beckham, Javier Pastore, Theo Walcott
By now, most of the world knows that David Beckham's career with the Los Angeles Galaxy is nearly finished.
No one, however, seems to know what the former England captain has in his future.
Beckham's future leads this Tuesday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup, which also includes updates on Pep Guardiola, Javier Pastore, Theo Walcott and Daniel Sturridge.
Read on for all the details.
David Beckham to Play Last Match with LA Galaxy
The Los Angeles Galaxy announced Monday that David Beckham will play his last match with the team in the upcoming MLS Cup final (via Los Angeles Times).
Beckham, 37, joined the Galaxy in 2007 and signed a two-year extension after last season's MLS Cup-winning campaign.
According to ESPN FC, Beckham's contract includes a clause that allows him to become part of an MLS expansion team's ownership group. Australia has also been mentioned as a possible destination.
I've had an incredibly special time playing for the LA Galaxy, however, I wanted to experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career. I don't see this as the end of my relationship with the league as my ambition is to be part of the ownership structure in the future.
Beckham has scored nine goals and recorded seven assists this season.
The Galaxy will play the Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup final on Dec. 1. The same two teams contested the final last season, with the Galaxy winning 1-0 on a goal assisted by Beckham.
Roman Abramovich to Target Pep Guardiola Next Summer?
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will try to lure Pep Guardiola to the club in the summer if current manager Roberto Di Matteo is fired, according to the Daily Mail.
Abramovich (pictured) is reportedly growing frustrated with Di Matteo, 42, after a recent run of negative results. Di Matteo led Chelsea to Champions League and FA Cup titles as interim manager last spring and took the full-time job over the summer.
Guardiola, 41, most recently managed Barcelona, where he won 14 trophies in four seasons. He left the team at the end of last season and is currently unemployed.
AC Milan Eyeing Javier Pastore?
AC Milan have targeted Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Javier Pastore, according to Goal.com.
Pastore, a 23-year-old Argentina international, joined PSG from Palermo in 2011. His contract runs through the 2015-16 season.
AC Milan would reportedly offer €20 million plus defender Ignazio Abate.
Latest on Theo Walcott
Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is interested in a move outside England and will be allowed to sign a pre-contract with a non-British club in January, according to The Guardian.
Walcott, a 23-year-old England international, joined Arsenal in 2007 and has a contract through the current season. He cannot agree to a deal with a British club until the offseason.
The Guardian reports that multiple European clubs have inquired about Walcott, who is currently in negotiations with Arsenal over a new deal.
Meanwhile, Goal.com reports that Walcott and Arsenal have made a breakthrough in contract negotiations.
Walcott has reportedly dropped his salary demands to £90,000 per week, and Arsenal have reportedly raised their offer to £80,000 per week.
Liverpool, Chelsea Discussing Daniel Sturridge?
The Daily Mirror reports that Liverpool and Chelsea have begun discussing a deal that would send Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool.
Liverpool currently have one senior striker fit in Uruguayan Luis Suarez. Andy Carroll was loaned to West Ham in the summer and Fabio Borini has a long-term injury.
Sturridge, a 23-year-old England international forward, is reportedly valued at £15 million.
In the same article, the Mirror also reports that Liverpool have inquired about Sporting Lisbon forward Jeffren. The move would reportedly be a loan.
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