World Football Gossip Roundup: Pep Guardiola, Kaka, Edinson Cavani
Pep Guardiola is headed for Bavaria. When did he decide on that?
Kaká might be headed for the exit at the Bernabéu. Where might he go next (or again)?
Those stories lead this Thursday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup. Inside, we also have updates on Edinson Cavani, Theo Walcott, Wilfried Zaha, Fernando Llorente and Wesley Sneijder.
Keep reading for all the news.
Pep Guardiola Decided on Bayern Munich in December, Turned Down More Money
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Bayern Munich announced on Wednesday that Pep Guardiola will be the team's next manager. Guardiola, 42 on Friday, will take over from Jupp Heynckes in the summer (via BBC Sport).
According to Guardiola's agent, the former Barcelona manager made his decision in December and turned down higher-paying offers (via ESPN FC).
Agent Josep Maria Orobitg said:
It was signed before Christmas, around December 20. Bayern was chosen because of all the teams who made offers it was the best. We went over the offers and this is not the team which offered the most money. It was chosen for the organisation there, for the potential and for its players.
Guardiola previously led Barcelona to 14 trophies in four seasons.
Kaká Open to AC Milan Return?
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An "unhappy" Kaká has hinted that he would welcome a return to AC Milan (via Goal.com).
Kaká, 30, is a former FIFA World Player of the Year. He joined Real Madrid from Milan in 2009 but has found his opportunities limited recently.
The attacking midfielder told Sky Sport 24:
I have already said I'm open to find a solution. In Milan, I had many beautiful moments and still have friends here. I already said I'm open to find a solution with Real, and if it's good for me it's good for everyone.
Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger Admits Interest in Edinson Cavani
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed he likes Napoli striker Edinson Cavani (via ESPN FC).
Cavani, 25, has scored 16 league goals in 16 Serie A appearances this season. He joined Napoli in 2010 and signed a contract extension in August.
"Cavani is a player that I like," Wenger said. "What is for sure is that he costs a lot of money."
Napoli reportedly turned down a €55 million bid for Cavani recently (per Goal.com).
Meanwhile, Wenger has said he is "99 percent" sure Theo Walcott will sign a new contract (via BBC Sport). The 23-year-old Walcott's contract was set to expire at the end of the season.
According to the London Evening Standard, Walcott's new three-and-a-half-year contract will be worth £100,000 per week, but will not include a guarantee that Walcott will play as a striker.
Finally, Wenger has denied that he has made a bid for Crystal Palace's 20-year-old forward Wilfried Zaha (via The Guardian).
Juventus in Advanced Talks with Fernando Llorente?
Juventus are in "advanced talks" with Fernando Llorente, according to Metro.
Llorente, a 27-year-old Spanish striker, currently plays for Athletic Bilbao. His contract expires at the end of the season.
Italian reports indicate that Juventus have offered Athletic £3 million to sign Llorente this month. Arsenal were also thought to be interested.
Galatasaray Have Plan B After Wesley Sneijder
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Chairman Unal Aysal says Galatasaray have a "plan B" ready if Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder decides to join Liverpool (via Goal.com).
Galatasaray last week agreed with Inter Milan on a transfer fee for the 28-year-old Sneijder. Liverpool are also reportedly interested.
Sneijder has not played for Inter since September following a contract dispute.
Said Aysal: "If we can not sign with him, we have a plan B."