World Football Gossip Roundup: Mario Balotelli, David Villa, David Beckham

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterJanuary 29, 2013

World Football Gossip Roundup: Mario Balotelli, David Villa, David Beckham

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    Mario Balotelli is staying. Then he's going. Then he's definitely staying. And now another team is reportedly in the mix.

    The latest news in the Mario Balotelli transfer saga leads this Tuesday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup.

    Inside, we also have updates on Barcelona's search for a keeper, Arsenal's quest to sign David Villa, David Beckham's next move and Tottenham Hotspur's late-breaking transfer activity.

    Read on for all the details.

AC Milan, Juventus Bidding on Manchester City's Mario Balotelli? (Updated)

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    Manchester City are "in talks" with both AC Milan and Juventus over the potential transfer of Italian international striker Mario Balotelli (per The Guardian).

    City reportedly want about €23 million for the 22-year-old Balotelli, who joined the club from Inter Milan in summer 2010. Milan have reportedly offered close to €20 million.

    City would reportedly consider a loan deal as an alternative to a permanent move. Balotelli is thought to favor a return to Italy and reportedly is willing to take a small pay cut.

    UPDATE: Multiple sources are reporting that City and Milan have agreed on a €23.4 million deal to send Balotelli to Milan. Goal.com has details here.

    UPDATE: Milan have confirmed the deal (per BBC Sport).

Barcelona Target Swansea City Keeper Michel Vorm?

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    FC Barcelona have targeted Swansea City's Dutch goalkeeper Michel Vorm for a transfer, according to talkSPORT.

    Vorm, 29, joined Swansea from Utrecht in 2011 and has made nine appearances for the Dutch national team.

    Barcelona have also been linked with Manchester United keeper David De Gea and Liverpool's Pepe Reina since current No. 1 Victor Valdes announced he will not extend his contract beyond 2014.

Arsenal in Talks to Sign David Villa from Barcelona?

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    Arsenal have opened talks with FC Barcelona to sign Spanish international forward David Villa, according to Goal.com.

    Villa, 31, has had limited playing time this season after returning from a long-term injury. Arsenal are thought to be in the market for another forward.

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger denied the rumor in a press conference Tuesday (via ESPN FC).

    "Barcelona do not want to sell David Villa," he said. "They've made that very clear."

David Beckham Training with Arsenal

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    Former England captain David Beckham will train with Arsenal while he decides his future, (via The Sun).

    Beckham, 37, left the Los Angeles Galaxy after the club won its second straight MLS Cup final in December. He has not announced his next move.

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: "He has asked to come here and to work on his fitness. He has not done anything for a long, long time. It's purely for fitness. There's no speculation about signing or anything."

Tottenham Hotspur to Make Late Bid for Leandro Damiao?

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    Tottenham Hotspur will make a late bid for Internacional's Brazilian international striker Leandro Damiao (via Daily Star).

    Leandro, 23, scored six goals for Brazil at the 2012 Summer Olympics, the most in the tournament. He has earned 14 senior caps for Brazil.

    Internacional reportedly want around €20 million for a transfer.