World Football Gossip Roundup: Lionel Messi, Joachim Low, Arda Turan, Bruma
Lionel Messi has enjoyed himself so much at Barcelona that he might just stick around for a while.
Fresh off his latest goalscoring record, the 25-year-old Argentine superstar is set to sign a new deal that would keep him at Barca until his 30s. So, the question is: Will Messi ever leave?
That story leads this Sunday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup. Inside, we also have updates on Joachim Löw, Arda Turan and Jack Wilshere.
Read on for all the details.
Lionel Messi to Sign with Barcelona for Life?
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Superstar forward Lionel Messi is ready to sign with Barcelona "for life," according to the Daily Mail.
If signed, the deal would make Messi, 25, the highest-paid player in Europes top leagues.
The structure of the deal would reportedly include yearly increases to £12.5 million annually.
Messi would be eligible to earn performance bonuses as well.
Joachim Löw Distances Himself from Real Madrid Job
Germany manager Joachim Löw has distanced himself from the Real Madrid job (via Marca).
Current Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has a contract through 2016, but several reports have speculated that he will leave the club after this season.
Löw, 52, is considered a potential replacement.
He said, "I do not concern myself with these rumours—pure speculation. Jose Mourinho's contract runs till 2016, and my contract is till 2014. At some point, maybe I will go back to managing at club level."
Arda Turan to Leave Atletico Madrid?
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Arda Turan wants to leave Atletico Madrid at the end of this season, according to his agent (via Goal.com).
The 25-year-old Turkish international winger joined Atletico from Galatasaray in 2011. His agent, Ahmet Bulut, said:
I have wanted to see him play for another team in another league and Arda also wants to play for another club, to live a different experience. We are working now to make it happen. Atletico know what our intention is. If all goes well, Arda will leave the Madrid club at the end of this season.
Manchester City Step Up Interest in Bruma?
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Manchester City have increased their interested in 18-year-old Portuguese winger Bruma, according to The Sun.
City reportedly offered £24 million in August. Sporting refused the bid.
Jack Wilshere Plans to Sign New Contract
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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has revealed he is close to signing a new deal with the club (via the Daily Mail).
Wilshere, 20, turned professional in 2008 after coming up through the club's youth system. He recently returned from an extended injury layoff.
On his contract, Wilshere said: "I'm talking to the club and I probably will be committing my future to the club in the next couple of weeks."
Wilshere also backed manager Arsene Wenger, saying "there is no question" Wenger is the right man for the job.