World Football Gossip Roundup: Falcao, Theo Walcott, David Beckham, Robinho

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterDecember 12, 2012

World Football Gossip Roundup: Falcao, Theo Walcott, David Beckham, Robinho

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    Theo Walcott to Manchester United? Robinho back to Santos? David Beckham as an FA official?

    Those scenarios lead this Wednesday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup, along with the story that's taking Europe by storm: Radamel Falcao's future.

    Inside, we have the latest on Falcao, as well as updates on all the big names above. Keep reading for all the details.

Atletico Madrid to Break Bank for Falcao?

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    Atletico Madrid are ready to "break the bank" with a new contract offer for Colombian forward Radamel Falcao (El Mundo via Marca).

    Falcao, 26, has reportedly drawn interest from several top European clubs, including crosstown rivals Real Madrid. According to El Mundo, Atletico will offer Falcao €7 million per year (€15 million before taxes) in the hope that he will stay.

    According to the report, Falcao's most likely destination would be Real Madrid, if he decides to leave.

Manchester United Interested in Theo Walcott?

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    Manchester United have joined the pursuit of Arsenal winger Theo Walcott, according to the Daily Mail.

    Walcott, 23, joined Arsenal from Southampton in 2006 as a teenager. His current contract expires at the end of the season. Negotiations between Walcott and Arsenal have not produced a new deal.

    According to the Mail, United would be Walcott's desired destination if he leaves Arsenal.

FA Chief Eager to Work with David Beckham?

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    Football Association chairman David Bernstein says he hopes David Beckham and the FA can work together in the future (via Daily Mail).

    Beckham, 37, recently played his last match for the Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS Cup final. He has yet to announce his next professional move.

    A former England captain, Beckham won 115 caps for his country and played in three World Cups.

    Bernstein said: "He is an asset that English football should treasure and I hope at some stage that perhaps The FA and David Beckham can get close together."

Robinho Heading Back to Santos?

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    Santos are in talks with AC Milan regarding a potential move for Robinho in January, according to club president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro (via

    Robinho, 28, started his professional career with Santos before moving to Real Madrid in 2005. He joined Milan in 2010.

    "Robinho wants to return to Brazil and for him that means returning to Santos," Ribeiro told TV O Povo de Fortaleza. "We have presented a written offer, though there is a difference between what the player and the club are asking for."

Celtic Player Damages Celtic's Reputation by Attending IRA Event?

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    Celtic manager Neil Lennon has told Irish forward Anthony Stokes that Stokes has "damaged the club's reputation" by attending a memorial event for a Real IRA commander (via Daily Telegraph).

    Stokes, 24, has been out of action since August due to an ankle injury. He was recently photographed at a memorial event for Alan Ryan, who is thought to be responsible for a number of murders.

    Lennon said: "We spoke to him internally. I am not going to moralise to him but you cannot damage the reputation of the club. He is aware of that now. It has been dealt with internally.”