World Football Gossip Roundup: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, Marquinhos

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterMarch 14, 2013

World Football Gossip Roundup: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, Marquinhos

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    Football is the name of the game, but at times it's all about the falling of the dominoes.

    Take, for instance, the series of rumors in this Thursday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic might be leaving Paris Saint-Germain. If he does, Wayne Rooney might be leaving Manchester United for PSG.

    If that happens, Robert Lewandowski might join Manchester United.

    Or none of it could happen at all.

    Those stories and more inside. Keep reading for all the details. 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Unsettled at PSG? Wayne Rooney a Potential Replacement?

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    Zlatan Ibrahimovic is "unsettled" at Paris Saint-Germain, and his potential departure could lead PSG to increase their interest in Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney, according to the Daily Mirror.

    Ibrahimovic, a 31-year-old Swedish international striker, joined PSG from AC Milan last summer. According to the report, Bayern Munich are interested.

    Media speculation has linked Rooney, 27, with a move away from Manchester United after the England international forward was left on the bench for a recent UEFA Champions League match against Real Madrid.

    PSG would reportedly bid £35 million for Rooney.

    Meanwhile, Juventus official Pavel Nedved says the club would be interested in signing Ibrahimovic and Napoli's Edinson Cavani, according to Sky Sports.

    Finally, The Sun links Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski to Manchester United, writing that the Polish forward is monitoring Rooney's situation and would "love" to join United. 

Manchester City to Clear out Roster in Summer?

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    The Guardian reports that Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is planning to clean out the squad this summer.

    Carlos Tevez, Gareth Barry, Edin Dzeko and Samir Nasri could be among the players set to leave.

    City won the Premier League title last season but trail leaders Manchester United by 12 points this campaign. In Europe, City finished last in their Champions League group.

    Other players who could leave include Joleon Lescott, Kolo Toure and Scott Sinclair. 

Barcelona to Bid £21 Million for 18-Year-Old Roma Defender Marquinhos?

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    Barcelona could bid £21 million for AS Roma's 18-year-old defender Marquinhos, according to talkSPORT.

    The Brazilian has appeared 20 times in Serie A this season. He joined Roma from Corinthians last summer.

    The report implies that Marquinhos would be a potential replacement for Carles Puyol, who turns 35 in April.  

Maracana Might Not Be Ready for Brazil-England Friendly

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    Renovation of Rio De Janeiro's Maracana Stadium might not be completed in time for a scheduled international friendly between Brazil and England on June 2, according to The Independent.

    The stadium hosted the 1950 World Cup final and is being renovated ahead of this summer's FIFA Confederations Cup and next summer's World Cup.

    "It will be ready," said Rio De Janeiro official Andre Lazarmi. "It presented a lot of challenges—it is a 1950s stadium. It is harder to rebuild than build a new stadium. What we can assure is it will be prepared for the Confederations Cup and will meet the 27 April deadline." 

Quick Kicks

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    Liverpool have been "encouraged" to continue their chase of PSG forward Kevin Gameiro (via Daily Mail).

    Former England international goalkeeper David James, 42, could continue his career with IBV Vestmannaeyjar of Iceland (via talkSPORT).

    Defenders Souleymane Diawara and Nicolas N'Koulou are expected to leave Marseille this summer as the club tries to reduce its salary bill (via Sky Sports).

    The agent of Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes says there have been no offers from other clubs. Valdes has said he will not sign a new contract when his current deal expires at the end of next season (via Sky Sports).

    AS Roma have signed a 10-year deal with kit manufacturer Nike (via Football Italia).

    Wolfsburg are interested in bringing Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker back to Germany, according to Kicker (via ESPN FC).

    English clubs' poor performances in Europe could see England fall to third behind Germany in UEFA's coefficient rankings (via The Guardian).