World Football Gossip Roundup: Radamel Falcao, Jack Wilshere, Javier Hernandez
The transfer window remains closed until the summer, but if the rumor mill is right, the big clubs are already wheeling and dealing.
Colombian striker Radamel Falcao figures to be one of the biggest names on the move this summer. But where will he go? And what about Edinson Cavani?
The futures of those players lead this Sunday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup. Inside, we also have gossip about Jack Wilshere, Chicharito and more.
Keep reading for all the details.
Manchester City Make First Move for Radamel Falcao?
Manchester City sporting director Txiki Begiristain has started negotiations to sign Colombian forward Radamel Falcao this summer from Atletico Madrid, according to the Sunday People (via Sunday Mirror).
Falcao, 27, has been linked with a number of clubs following his big-money arrival at Atletico in 2011. Manchester City are reportedly trying to head off interest from Chelsea among others.
Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph reports that City are moving for Napoli's Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani. According to the Telegraph, City believe that Falcao will sign with Real Madrid or Chelsea.
Arjen Robben: Arsenal Might Struggle to Keep Jack Wilshere
Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben thinks England international midfielder Jack Wilshere could leave Arsenal if the Gunners continue to miss out on trophies (via Sky Sports).
Wilshere, 21, turned professional with Arsenal in 2008 after coming through the club's youth system. Arsenal have not won a trophy since the 2005 FA Cup.
Robben, a 29-year-old Dutch winger, has also played for Chelsea and Real Madrid among others.
"I don't know if Arsenal can keep him if they are not winning things," Robben is quoted as saying. "It's always difficult to judge that about another player. But you can see that Wilshere is a very big talent and he is only young still. He's just 21 years old. He will definitely be a big player."
Real Madrid Watching Javier Hernandez
Real Madrid are watching Manchester United's Mexican international forward Javier Hernandez, according to the Daily Mirror.
Hernandez, nicknamed Chicharito, joined United from Chivas in 2010. The 24-year-old has scored eight goals in 15 league appearances.
Real Madrid were previously linked with Hernandez in 2011, when United gave him a new five-year contract.
Galatasaray to Move for Darren Bent?
Turkish champions Galatasaray will try to sign English forward Darren Bent this summer, according to The Sun.
Bent, 29, has seen limited playing time under first-year manager Paul Lambert this season. Villa signed him from Sunderland in 2011 for a club-record fee of up to £24 million (per BBC Sport).
Galatasaray recently made headlines by signing Ivorian striker Didier Drogba and Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder.
Chelsea Target Leighton Baines?
Chelsea have targeted England full-back Leighton Baines as a potential summer signing, according to the Sunday People (via Sunday Mirror).
Baines, 28, has played for Everton since 2007, when he signed from Wigan. He is a rival of Chelsea's Ashley Cole for England's starting left-back position, but reportedly could play in the midfield temporarily if he signs for Chelsea.
Baines is reportedly valued around £14 million.
Meanwhile, Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has said again that he would like to join Chelsea (via ESPN FC).
Finally, Metro reports that Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling is trying to force a move to the Premier League this summer. Chelsea could reportedly sign the German international for £6 million.