World Football Gossip Roundup: Giuseppe Rossi, Edinson Cavani, David Beckham
Giuseppe Rossi has his new team, but how long will it be before he can play again?
Rossi's move to Fiorentina leads this Monday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup. Inside, we also have updates on Edinson Cavani, Mario Balotelli, David De Gea, Frank Lampard, David Beckham and Lewis Holtby.
Keep reading for all the details.
Giuseppe Rossi Completes Move to Fiorentina; Expected to Return in March
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Italian forward Giuseppe Rossi has completed his transfer from Villarreal to Fiorentina (Associated Press via Yahoo! Sports).
Rossi, 25, has missed more than 14 months with a knee injury. The New Jersey-born forward has signed a four-year contract with Fiorentina, who paid Villarreal €9.5 million for the transfer.
He is expected to return to the pitch in March.
Edinson Cavani Quiet About Future; Napoli Interested in Mario Balotelli?
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Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani has declined to comment on widespread speculation concerning his future with Napoli (via Goal.com).
Manchester City are thought to be interested in signing the 25-year-old Cavani, who scored a hat-trick for Napoli on Sunday.
Cavani reportedly has a €63 million buyout clause in his contract.
"I have an objective and the club know what I want," Cavani is quoted as saying. "I have a clear idea about my future, but now is not the time to openly discuss it."
Meanwhile, Goal.com is also reporting that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has said signing Manchester City's Italian striker Mario Balotelli would be a "dream."
"My dream? Balotelli alongside Cavani in Napoli attack," he is quoted as saying.
David De Gea on Way out of Manchester United?
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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is prepared to sell Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea and sign a new keeper this month, according to the Daily Mirror.
De Gea, 22, joined United from Atletico Madrid in 2011. Listed as potential replacements are Stoke City's Asmir Begovic and Liverpool's Pepe Reina.
Frank Lampard Definitely Leaving Chelsea?
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Frank Lampard will leave Chelsea at the end of the season, according to the player's agent (via ESPN FC).
Multiple British sources have quoted agent Steve Kutner as saying:
Chelsea executives told Frank in Japan during the Club World Cup then again reconfirmed with me after the Everton victory (last month) that in no circumstances will he be offered a new contract to stay at the club after the end of this season.
Nothing since has changed in any respect. Frank has had to accept that and just wants to carry on playing football for Chelsea so as to finish the season as successfully as possible for the club that he loves.
Lampard, 34, joined Chelsea from West Ham in 2001.
David Beckham to West Ham?
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David Beckham's appearance at a West Ham United match over the weekend has prompted speculation that the former England captain will sign with the Hammers this month. Manager Sam Allardyce has refused to rule out a move (via Daily Mirror).
Beckham, 37, watched West Ham's 2-2 FA Cup draw with Manchester United on Saturday. Beckham played for United from 1993 until 2003.
According to the Mirror, Beckham has enrolled his children in a London school after leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy last month.
Allardyce said: “We will wait and see. You never know.”
Lewis Holtby Can Join Tottenham Early?
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German midfielder Lewis Holtby could join Tottenham Hotspur early from Schalke, according to the Daily Mail.
Holtby, 22, has agreed to join Spurs in the summer after his contract with Schalke expires. However, Schalke are reportedly willing to let Holtby join Tottenham in January for £1.6 million.
"If Tottenham ask for Holtby in the January window, we will talk to them about it," said Schalke's managing director Horst Heldt. "Nothing has happened yet, but, from our point of view, we are prepared to speak to them."
Heldt added: "It would have to be done quickly, because we would have to find a replacement for him."