World Football Gossip Roundup: Pep Guardiola, Chicharito, David De Gea

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterJanuary 15, 2013

World Football Gossip Roundup: Pep Guardiola, Chicharito, David De Gea

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    You already know the rumors about Pep and Bayern. Now, Bayern have responded.

    Pep Guardiola's reported agreement with Bayern Munich leads this Tuesday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup. But, it's far from our only piece of gossip.

    Inside, we also have updates on Chicharito, Diego Milito, David De Gea and more. Keep reading for all the details.

Bayern Munich Deny Reaching Agreement with Pep Guardiola

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    Late on Monday, Twitter chatter indicated that Pep Guardiola and Bayern Munich reached an agreement for Guardiola to coach the German club next season.

    B/R's Will Tidey has all the details here. The rumor reportedly started with Sky Italia but is mentioned only briefly on Sky Italia's website here.

    On Tuesday, ESPN FC reported that Bayern were already denying the rumor. Press officer Markus Horwich called it "nonsense."

    Guardiola, 41, most recently managed FC Barcelona, winning 14 trophies in four seasons. He stepped down as manager following the 2011-12 season.

Barcelona President: Manchester City Tried to Lure Barca Staff, Players

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    FC Barcelona president Sandro Rosell says Manchester City have tried to take both players and staff away from Barcelona (via Daily Mail).

    Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano, formerly Barcelona officials, are now high-ranking members of Man City's staff.

    Rosell said:

    There have been some offensive approaches from City, at all levels of the structure of the club, but no one wants to go.

    They wanted to fish here, but there were no fish left. We're talking about people at all levels of the Barca structure, not just players.

    Their attempts have been unsuccessful, though, as our employees are happy here.

Atletico Madrid Target Chicharito?

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    Atletico Madrid have targeted Manchester United forward Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez in anticipation of losing forwards Radamel Falcao and Adrian Lopez, according to a exclusive.

    Atletico would pay €18 million for the 24-year-old Chicharito, who joined United from Chivas in 2010.

    Falcao, 26, has been linked with several European clubs, including Real Madrid, Chelsea, PSG and Manchester City.

    Adrian, 25, is being linked with Arsenal and reportedly has a €17.7 million buyout clause in his contract.

Arsenal to Move for Diego Milito, Mohamed Diame?

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    Arsenal could move for Inter Milan forward Diego Milito this month, according to the Daily Express.

    Milito, a 33-year-old Argentine international, has scored eight league goals this season.

    Meanwhile, the Mirror is reporting that Arsenal are interested in West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame.

    Diame, 25, joined West Ham from Wigan last summer. West Ham have offered him a new contract that would reportedly include a £7 million buyout clause.

    Diame reportedly has not signed the new deal, and Arsenal are thought to be ready with a £3.5 million bid.

Manchester City Interested in Neven Subotic, Mats Hummels?

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    Manchester City could target Borussia Dortmund defenders Neven Subotic and Mats Hummels if City defender Vincent Kompany has his red-card appeal denied (via Daily Mirror).

    Kompany, the club captain, drew a red card in City's 2-0 victory over Arsenal on Sunday. He is appealing the decision. If denied, he would serve at least a three-match suspension.

    City would then have only two senior central defenders available. That could prompt a search for reinforcements.

    Subotic, 24, joined Dortmund from Mainz in 2008. Hummels (pictured), 24, joined from Bayern Munich in 2009.

David De Gea on Barcelona Shortlist to Replace Victor Valdes?

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    Manchester United's Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea is on Barcelona's shortlist to replace Victor Valdes, according to the Daily Star.

    De Gea, 22, joined United from Atletico Madrid in 2011. He has represented Spain at several youth levels.

    Valdes, who turned 31 on Monday, came up through Barcelona's youth system and has been with the senior squad since 2002. His future is reportedly in doubt after contract negotiations stalled.