World Football Gossip Roundup: Jose Mourinho, Carlos Tevez, Asmir Begovic, Kaka
Jose Mourinho's problems are deepening by the day.
Already the subject of intense media speculation over the state of his dressing room at Real Madrid, Mourinho has made headlines for his remarks following Real's latest loss.
The Portuguese manager's harsh words lead this Sunday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup. Inside, we also have updates on a potential summer sell-off at Manchester City, a potential new keeper at Manchester United and Kaka's potential transfer fee.
Read on for all the details.
Jose Mourinho: Real Madrid Were 'Horrible' in First Half
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has called his team's first-half performance "horrible" against Granada on Saturday (per RealMadrid.com).
Cristiano Ronaldo scored an own goal in the 22nd minute, and Granada held on for a shocking home win against Real in La Liga. The result left Mourinho's team 15 points behind leaders Barcelona, who have a match in hand.
The negative result is always the most important. We didn’t even manage a draw. That is what bothers me about the result, but the team’s first half performance bothers me a lot. It was horrible. In the second half we dominated and we had a chance to equalise but it was not enough to satisfy me.
According to widespread reports, Mourinho has clashed with multiple players behind the scenes. Mourinho and Ronaldo reportedly had a shouting match recently in the dressing room (via NESN Soccer), and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez denied claims that the players issued an ultimatum over Mourinho's future (via ESPN FC).
Mourinho, 50, joined Real in 2010 after leading Inter Milan to the UEFA Champions League title.
Carlos Tevez to Headline Manchester City Summer Clear-Out?
Argentine striker Carlos Tevez could headline a summer sell-off at Manchester City, according to the Daily Mirror.
Tevez, who turns 29 on Tuesday, joined City from rivals Manchester United in 2009. He spent most of last season away from the club after a dispute with manager Roberto Mancini.
Tevez reportedly wants to return to his native Argentina.
Among the other players who could be allowed to leave in the summer are striker Edin Dzeko, midfielders Samir Nasri and Scott Sinclair and defenders Joleon Lescott, Aleksandar Kolarov and Maicon.
Meanwhile, the Sunday Express speculates that City's sale of forward Mario Balotelli this winter will allow the club to buy a big-name forward in the summer. As for possible purchases, the paper lists Napoli's Edinson Cavani, Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao and Liverpool's Luis Suarez.
Manchester United to Sign Keeper Asmir Begovic in Summer?
Manchester United will sign Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic for £9 million in the summer, according to the Sunday People (via Sunday Mirror).
Begovic, 25, joined Stoke from Portsmouth in 2010. He has won 17 caps with Bosnia and Herzegovina.
United reportedly considered bidding for Begovic in the January transfer window, but Stoke were unwilling to let him go despite signing 19-year-old England keeper Jack Butland from Birmingham City.
If United sign Begovic, current keeper David De Gea will remain with the club, according to the report.
AC Milan: Kaka Fee Too High
AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani says Milan would not pay Real Madrid's asking price for Kaka in the January transfer window (via ESPN FC).
Kaka, a 30-year-old Brazilian midfielder, formerly played for Milan before joining Real Madrid in 2009. The 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year has seen limited playing time under Jose Mourinho this season.
Real reportedly wanted €18 million for Kaka, who cost €68 million in 2009.
Galliani told Corriere dello Sport: "Real Madrid wanted €18 million—a figure that given his age and salary demands made a deal frankly unthinkable. The story about Kaka is a closed chapter for me.”
Agent: Paul Gascoigne Needs Help 'Immediately'
Former England international midfielder Paul Gascoigne needs help "immediately" after a relapse into drinking, according to his agent (via BBC Sport).
Gascoigne, 45, reportedly slurred his words during a charity function Thursday. He has previously admitted to struggling with alcoholism.
Gascoigne's agent Terry Baker told BBC Radio 5 Live: "He won't thank me for saying it but he immediately needs to get help."