World Football Gossip Roundup: Fernando Llorente, Edinson Cavani, Arda Turan
As one saga drags on and two more wind down, new storylines heat up in the world football rumor mill.
With the transfer window open, Theo Walcott is reportedly "within weeks" of signing a new deal with Arsenal (via Goal.com). Daniel Sturridge, meanwhile, has completed his move from Chelsea to Liverpool (via BBC Sport) and Demba Ba is reportedly on the verge of joining Chelsea from Newcastle (via Daily Mail).
While we wait, juicy gossip is flying in from all quarters.
In this Thursday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup, we have updates on Fernando Llorente, Edinson Cavani, Arda Turan, Mathieu Valbuena and more.
Read on for all the details.
Fernando Llorente to Hold Talks with Juventus
Athletic Bilbao forward Fernando Llorente is set to hold talks for a transfer to Italian champions Juventus (via The Guardian).
Llorente, 27, graduated from the club's youth academy and made his professional debut in 2005. His contract expires at the end of the current season.
Llorente has won 21 caps for Spain.
Edinson Cavani to Leave Napoli in Summer?
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Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani could leave Napoli in the summer, according to his agent (via The Sun).
Cavani, 25, signed a new contract with Napoli at the start of this season. His contract reportedly has a £51 million buyout clause.
His agent Mino Raiola said:
For now Cavani will stay but I wouldn’t be so sure about that once June arrives. I’m sure there are clubs ready to pay that. But only five clubs in the world can afford to do that — Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain. You are intelligent enough on your own to understand where Cavani will play his football next season.
Juventus, Fiorentina Interested in Giuseppe Rossi
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Juventus and Fiorentina are competing to sign Villarreal's Italian forward Giuseppe Rossi, according to a Goal.com exclusive.
Rossi, 25, has not played since injuring a knee ligament last April. Juventus are reportedly interested in a 12-month loan deal.
Arda Turan Staying with Atletico Madrid?
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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone says Arda Turan will not leave the club this winter (via Marca).
Turan, a 25-year-old Turkish midfielder, joined Atletico from Galatasaray in 2011. He has been linked with a transfer after saying he wants to play in the Champions League.
"Arda is going nowhere, for sure," Simeone said.
Mathieu Valbuena Tempted by Manchester Clubs?
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French midfielder Mathieu Valbuena would be interested in "one of the two Manchester clubs," according to his agent (via ESPN FC).
Valbuena, 28, reportedly wants to extend his contract with Olympique Marseille. His agent, Christophe Hutteau, has revealed that a transfer to Manchester could tempt him away from France.
Hutteau said: "If Mathieu has given a lot to the club, he is also aware the club has given him a lot too. For him, you don't leave OM to go to Newcastle.
"If, one day, it's one of the two Manchester clubs who come in for him, we'll think about it, but so will the OM board."
Lewis Holtby Set to Sign Pre-Contract with Tottenham Hotspur?
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Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby is close to signing a pre-contract with Tottenham Hotspur, according to Metro.
Holtby, a 22-year-old German international, has said he will not sign a new contract with Schalke when his current deal expires after the season.
Arsenal and Liverpool are also thought to be interested in Holtby, who has an English father.