World Football Gossip Roundup: Neymar, Radamel Falcao, Gareth Bale, Diego Milito
Is Neymar destined to land in Bavaria? Maybe so, but the Brazilian sensation wants to make one thing clear.
He hasn't talked about it with Dante. Got it?
That story leads this Tuesday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup. Inside, we also have updates on Radamel Falcao, Gareth Bale and Diego Milito.
Keep reading for all the details.
Neymar Denies Bayern Munich Conversation with Dante
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Brazil international forward Neymar says he did not talk to international teammate Dante about joining Bayern Munich (via Goal.com).
Neymar, 21, currently plays for Santos in his native Brazil but has been linked with several European clubs including Bayern. Dante, who joined Bayern from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012, recently said Neymar asked about Bayern, but Neymar has denied it.
"No, no, we have not spoken," Neymar said.
Neymar is under contract with Santos until 2014.
Real Madrid to Make £38 Million Bid for Gareth Bale?
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Real Madrid are planning a £38 million bid for Tottenham Hotspur's Welsh winger Gareth Bale, according to a Spanish report (via talkSPORT).
TalkSPORT cites newspaper El Confidencial, which reports that Bale, 23, will be Real Madrid's top transfer target this summer. The move reportedly could be financed by the sale of Portuguese defender/midfielder Fabio Coentrao.
Bale joined Spurs from Southampton in 2007. He has scored 13 league goals this season.
Chelsea to Use Thibaut Courtois as Bait for Radamel Falcao?
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Chelsea could use on-loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as part of a summer deal to sign Colombian international forward Radamel Falcao, according to a Spanish report cited by Metro.
Metro cites newspaper El Economista, which reports that Chelsea could bid £47 million plus Courtois to sign Falcao.
Falcao, 27, has been linked with several elite European clubs since his move to Atletico Madrid from Porto in 2011. He scored 24 goals in La Liga last season and has knocked in 19 so far this term.
Courtois, a 20-year-old Belgian international, has been on loan with Atletico from Chelsea since the start of the 2011-12 season.
Diego Milito Happy at Inter Milan
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Argentine forward Diego Milito maintains he is happy at Inter Milan but says his future is "up to the club" (via Sky Sports).
Milito, 33, joined Inter from Genoa in 2009 and helped lead the Nerazzurri to the UEFA Champions League title in 2010. Recent reports have linked him with a return to Argentina this summer.
"My future? I feel really good here and I owe a lot to these supporters," Milito said. "I want to reach the end of my deal and then see what happens. It will be up to the club to decide what to do. I would stay here willingly."
Sir Alex Ferguson Helping Celtic in Champions League?
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Celtic manager Neil Lennon says Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has given Champions League help "throughout the campaign" (via The Independent).
Ferguson, 71, played for Celtic's rivals Rangers during his on-pitch career.
Celtic host Italian champions Juventus in the Round of 16 on Tuesday.
Sir Alex took time out of his heavy schedule to come and visit me and my backroom team one afternoon and throughout the campaign we have been in touch.
He has gone out of his way at times to help us, not in a huge way but little pointers in the right direction, with little tit-bits of advice for what to look out for and for a young manager he is fantastic in that way.
Indonesian Club to Lure Andriy Shevchenko out of Retirement?
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Indonesian club Mitra Kukar are prepared to offer former Ukraine international forward Andriy Shevchenko a 10-match deal to lure him out of retirement, according to Sky Sports.
Shevchenko, 36, retired last summer. He visited Jakarta recently for a friendly match between AC Milan legends and an Indonesian XI, scoring in a 4-2 win.
Mitra Kukar are reportedly willing to offer the former Ukraine captain £66,500 per game with negotiations thought to be under way.
"Obviously we're interested in Shevchenko, but we have to continue to discuss this question, particularly the financial aspects," Mitra Kukar manager Roni Fauzan said.