World Football Gossip Roundup: Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho, David Beckham
France and two of its big-spending clubs lead this Wednesday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup. We all know Paris Saint-Germain have spent heavily, and now AS Monaco could be next.
Inside, we also have updates on Mario Balotelli, Daniele De Rossi and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Read on for all the details.
Paris Saint-Germain Interested in Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho?
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Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and manager Jose Mourinho, according to French TV reports cited by the Daily Mail.
The Mail cites other reports that say PSG could bid up to £75 million for Ronaldo.
Ronaldo, 27, joined Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2009 for a world-record £80 million. The winger has scored 23 goals in all competitions this season.
Mourinho, 49, joined Real in 2010 after managing Inter Milan, Chelsea and Porto.
Mario Balotelli Accepts Manchester City Fine, Ends Appeal
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Mario Balotelli has ended his dispute with Manchester City and accepted the club's £340,000 fine (via The Independent).
Balotelli, a 22-year-old Italian forward, had drawn the fine for missing 11 matches last season through disciplinary problems. He had appealed to a Premier League tribunal, with the appeal scheduled for Wednesday.
The amount of the fine represents two weeks' wages.
City said in a statement:
After amicable talks between the parties, as a sign of respect for Roberto Mancini, the supporters and the club, Mario Balotelli has chosen to accept a two week fine levied upon him by the club and withdraw his disciplinary appeal, which was due to be heard by a Premier League panel today.
Mario remains available for selection for all forthcoming fixtures.
Roma President: Daniele De Rossi Won't Be Sold
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AS Roma president James Pallotta says the club will not sell midfielder Daniele De Rossi in January (via talkSPORT).
De Rossi, 29, has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City. He signed a new five-year contract with Roma in February.
Pallotta said: "We have absolutely no intention of selling De Rossi. We have not had any contact from anyone and we have not received any offers. It is just speculation."
Monaco Confirm Interest in David Beckham
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AS Monaco manager Claudio Ranieri has confirmed his club's interest in David Beckham (via Daily Mail).
Beckham, 37, recently left the Los Angeles Galaxy after winning a second straight Major League Soccer title. The former England captain has not announced his next move.
Beckham keeps a passion for football, that's what interests me. It would be helpful in all aspects of the development of the club. He could share his passion with our young players, at 37 years old, he continues to improve and be professional. All young players need an experienced coach but also references in the locker room.
Monaco currently play in France's Ligue 2. Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev took over the club in December 2011.
Klaas-Jan Hunterlaar Wants £100k Per Week from Arsenal?
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Klaas-Jan Huntelaar wants a salary of £100,000 per week to sign for Arsenal from Schalke in January, according to the Daily Mail.
The salary would make Huntelaar, 29, Arsenal's highest-paid player. Arsenal have been linked with a £6 million move for the Dutch forward.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror reports that Arsenal and winger Theo Walcott have held "peace talks." Walcott, 23 is out of contract at the end of the season and has yet to sign a new deal.
The Mirror also reports that Arsenal have signed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Kieran Gibbs to new contracts.