World Football Gossip Roundup: Barcelona, David Moyes, Inter Milan

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterMarch 16, 2013

World Football Gossip Roundup: Barcelona, David Moyes, Inter Milan

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    Barcelona feature heavily in today's World Football roundup, with defender Carles Puyol facing up to the prospect of a spell on the sidelines and goalkeeper Victor Valdes receiving some bad news.

    One Nou Camp striker could be on his way out of the club and which Italian defender could be in line for a move to Barca?

    One club are continuing their pursuit of Everton manager David Moyes, while Arsenal have targeted a Serie A striker as a cure to their ills for next season.

    Read on to find out more.


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    Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes will have to serve a four-match ban for verbally abusing a match official after the Spanish football federation rejected his appeal against the suspension (Yahoo).

    Valdes confronted referee Miguel Angel Perez Lasa after he dismissed appeals for a penalty in the 2-1 defeat at Real Madrid.

    Valdes' next appearance for Barcelona will now be the Champions League quarterfinal against Paris Saint-Germain on April 2.

    Additionally, defender Carles Puyol could be doubtful for the quarterfinal first leg after undergoing knee surgery on Thursday.

    Alexis Sanchez is in discussions with Inter Milan over a summer move according to La Gazzetta dello Sport (Football Italia), while Roma defender Marcos Marquinhos is a target for Barcelona this summer, said AS newspaper (Forza Italian Football).

David Moyes

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    David Moyes has just celebrated his 11th year in charge at Everton, but momentum is building in reports that he may be on his way to the Bundesliga.

    The Scot has again been linked strongly with a move to Schalke 04 in the German top flight, this time by the Daily Mail.

    Moyes is waiting until the end of the season before making any decision on a new contract at Goodison Park, but the FA Cup quarterfinal defeat by Wigan last weekend ended any hopes of silverware this season.

    The former Preston North End boss has previously declared his interest in managing in Germany, and Jens Keller's short-term deal at Schalke will end in the summer.

Inter Milan

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    While Inter Milan have been linked with Barcelona striker Alexis Sanchez, another young forward looks set to join the San Siro club this summer.

    Sampdoria's Mauro Icardi has been included in an insurance claim by Inter with Lloyd's of London, according to Sportmediaset (Forza Italian Football).

    Inter owner Massimo Moratti claimed earlier this month ( that the 20-year-old was a target for the club.


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    Arsenal have targeted Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic as a cure to their disappointing season next year, according to the Daily Mail.

    The 23-year-old Montenegrin striker, who has also been linked with Manchester City, could cost in the region of £20 million, according to the newspaper.

    Any hopes of the Gunners signing Jovetic will rest with the club qualifying for the Champions League, cautions the report.