World Football Gossip Roundup: Wesley Sneijder, Robinho, Willian, Adel Taarabt
The Wesley Sneijder rumors are back, and we don't think we have to tell you that Manchester United are reportedly among the interested parties.
Here's a shocker, though: AC Milan apparently want to take the Dutch midfielder across town in the Milan rivalry.
That story leads this Tuesday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup. Inside, we also have updates on Mark Clattenburg, Leighton Baines, Adel Taarabt, Willian, Robinho and Valencia's ownership situation.
Chelsea Hold Talks with Referee Mark Clattenburg
Chelsea held talks with referee Mark Clattenburg this week in an effort to make peace between the parties, according to The Times.
The talks reportedly were effective enough that Clattenburg could take charge of another match at Stamford Bridge this season.
Chelsea accused Clattenburg of racially abusing two players during a Premier League match against Manchester United on Oct. 28. Clattenburg was cleared of all charges.
Manchester United Target Leighton Baines, Adel Taarabt?
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will resume his interest in Everton full-back Leighton Baines after missing out on Chelsea defender Ashley Cole (via Daily Mail).
Baines, 27, would serve as a long-term replacement for Patrice Evra. Cole is likely to join Paris Saint-Germain, according to the Mail.
Meanwhile, The Sun reports that United are interested in Queens Park Rangers midfielder Adel Taarabt.
AC Milan Interested in Wesley Sneijder? Robinho Back to Brazil?
AC Milan are interested in bringing Wesley Sneijder to the club from rivals Inter Milan, according to talkSPORT.
Inter reportedly want to reduce their wage bill, and AC Milan apparently would rival Manchester United for the Dutch midfielder.
In other AC Milan news, Sky Sports reports that Robinho has been "sounded out" by clubs in Brazil. The Brazilian forward is reportedly open to a January move.
Gremio, Atletico Mineiro and Sao Paulo are thought to be interested.
Manchester City Enter Race for Willian?
Manchester City have become the latest club to show interest in Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian attacker, Willian, according to the Daily Mirror.
City manager Roberto Mancini reportedly sent "top spy" Gary Worthington to watch Willian, 24.
Chelsea and Tottenham are also thought to be interested. Any potential move would happen in the summer, according to the Mirror.
Costa Rican Businessman Wants Valencia Takeover
Costa Rican businessman Mario Alvarado Orozco this week announced his intent to buy Spanish club Valencia and submitted a "conditional offer" (via Marca).
Valencia have debts of €370 million and need €150 million to complete a new stadium, according to Marca.
In a statement, Alvarado said: "Our intention is firm, and our desire is to straighten out the club's economic situation and thereby provide it with financial stability for the coming decades."