World Football Gossip Roundup: Adrian Lopez, Robert Lewandowski, Andre Schurrle

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterJanuary 2, 2013

World Football Gossip Roundup: Adrian Lopez, Robert Lewandowski, Andre Schurrle

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    Everywhere you look, an English club is being linked with an international striker.

    Manchester United reportedly want Robert Lewandowski, Arsenal are reportedly after Adrian Lopez, Chelsea want Andre Schurrle and Spurs are chasing Leandro Damiao.

    Those stories lead this first 2013 edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup. Read on for all the details.

Borussia Dormund Won't Sell Robert Lewandowski?

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    Borussia Dortmund general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke has said "no price in the world" will send Polish striker Robert Lewandowski from Dortmund to Manchester United (Kicker via

    Lewandowski (pictured), 24, has 18 months left on his current contract with Dortmund and has been linked heavily with a transfer to United (via Daily Mail).

    Meanwhile, Dortmund official Michael Zorc has declined to rule out a return for Turkish midfielder Nuri Sahin (via ESPN FC).

    Sahin, 24, joined Real Madrid from Dortmund in 2011 and signed for Liverpool on loan last summer. 

Arsenal Tracking Adrian Lopez? Theo Walcott Nearing New Deal?

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    Arsenal have increased their interest in Atletico Madrid striker Adrian Lopez (pictured), according to the Daily Mail.

    Arsenal and Atletico have reportedly opened formal talks over Lopez, 24. Atletico reportedly want about £15 million for the Spain international.

    Meanwhile, the Mail is also reporting that England midfielder/forward Theo Walcott is close to signing a new deal with Arsenal. Walcott, 23, is out of contract at the end of the season.

    According to Sky Sports, Walcott and Arsenal scheduled a potentially crucial meeting for Wednesday.

    Finally, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out a return for former striker Thierry Henry (via The Guardian). 

Tottenham Remain Interested in Willian, Leandro Damiao

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    Tottenham Hotspur remain interested in Brazilians Leandro Damiao and Willian, according to manager Andre Villas-Boas (via ESPN FC).

    Willian (pictured), 24, currently plays for Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk. Spurs reportedly bid on Willian in the summer, but Shakhtar rejected it.

    Leandro, 23, remained with Internacional after starring for Brazil at the 2012 Summer Olympics. 

Chelsea to Use Marko Marin to Snag Andre Schurrle?

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    Chelsea could send German midfielder Marko Marin to Bayer Leverkusen on loan as an attempt to "sweeten" a summer deal for German forward Andre Schurrle (via Daily Mirror).

    Marin, 23, has only made a few appearances since joining Chelsea from Werder Bremen in the summer. Schurrle (pictured), 22, was reportedly a Chelsea target in the summer but remained with Leverkusen.

    Schurrle would reportedly cost £25 million.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea continue negotiations with Newcastle's Senegalese forward Demba Ba, according to the Daily Telegraph. Ba, 27, is in Newcastle's squad to face Everton on Wednesday.

    UPDATE: According to ESPN FC, Ba is not part of Newcastle's squad for Wednesday's match. 

Federico Peluso Has Juventus Medical

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    Atalanta defender Federico Peluso is on the verge of joining Juventus after undergoing a medical in Turin on Wednesday (via

    According to, the deal is worth €1.5 million and will be a loan. Juventus will reportedly have an option to permanently sign Peluso, 28, for €3.5 million at the end of the season.