World Football Gossip Roundup: Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale, Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterMarch 7, 2013

World Football Gossip Roundup: Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale, Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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    The gossip roundup concerns itself with only three major stories on this post-Champions League Thursday.

    Wayne Rooney, Wayne Rooney and Wayne Rooney.

    Oh, and did you hear that Wayne Rooney might be leaving Manchester United?

    That's the big—and perhaps only—story in this Thursday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup, but we've also got updates on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gareth Bale, Daniel Agger and more.

    Keep reading for all the details. 

Wayne Rooney to Leave Manchester United?

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    Wayne Rooney's career at Manchester United could be ending, according to widespread reports in the English press.

    According to the Daily Mail, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has "grave doubts" about Rooney's physical conditioning and could sell the England forward for £20 million. Manchester City are thought to be interested.

    The Sun quotes Rooney's transfer price at £25 million.

    According to the Daily Mirror, United will attempt to sell Rooney this summer for £35 million. Interested parties include Manchester City, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.

    According to The Guardian, Manchester City will not move for Rooney. City are deterred by Rooney's reported £300,000-per-week salary. 

Barcelona Interested in Daniel Agger?

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    Barcelona are interested in signing Danish defender Daniel Agger from Liverpool this summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

    Agger, 28, has made 27 Premier League appearances this season for Liverpool. He would potentially replace 34-year-old Carles Puyol in Barca's defense. 

Tottenham to Offer Gareth Bale Huge Pay Raise?

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    Tottenham Hotspur will offer Gareth Bale a new contract that will double his salary to £8 million per year, according to the Daily Mail.

    Bale, 23, signed a four-year contract worth a reported £75,000 per week last summer. He is under contract until 2016.

    The Welshman has scored 16 Premier League goals this season and is valued around £40 million, with Real Madrid thought to be planning a bid. 

Juventus Not Planning to Re-Sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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    Juventus are not planning to bring Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to Turin, according to the club's general director Giuseppe Marotta (via Sky Sports).

    Ibrahimovic, 31, played for Juventus from 2004-06. He joined Paris Saint-Germain from AC Milan last summer and has 22 goals in 24 Ligue 1 appearances this season.

    The Swedish international had been linked with a return to Juventus, but Marotta has denied the reports.

    "He is a player we are not interested in," he said. "I have absolutely not talked about Ibra with Mino Raiola. When a player gains figures like his, no Italian club is able to afford it." 

Quick Kicks

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    Brazilian Ronaldo calls Sir Alex Ferguson "disrespectful" after the Manchester United manager called the former Real Madrid man "fat" (via Daily Mail).

    Pedro Obiang (pictured) has signed a new contract with Sampdoria, snubbing reported interest from Manchester City (via talkSPORT).

    Arsenal are preparing to move for Auxerre's 20-year-old striker Yaya Sanogo (via talkSPORT).