World Football Gossip Roundup: Alexis Sanchez, Radamel Falcao, Gareth Bale

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterMarch 17, 2013

World Football Gossip Roundup: Alexis Sanchez, Radamel Falcao, Gareth Bale

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    Sometimes it's not necessarily all about money for footballers.

    Before you start laughing uncontrollably, consider two stories in this Sunday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup.

    First, there's word from Italy that a Barcelona player is willing to take a pay cut to join Inter Milan. Second, a story out of England shows that at least one footballer cares about fans who struggle to make ends meet.

    All that and more inside. Keep reading for all the details.

Inter Milan Reach Agreement to Sign Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona?

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    Inter Milan have reached an agreement to sign Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

    Sanchez, 24, signed with Barcelona from Udinese in 2011 for a reported €37.5 million. The Chilean winger has scored two league goals this season in 19 appearances (10 starts) and is thought to be unhappy with playing time.

    Sanchez is reportedly prepared to take a pay cut to join Inter.

Manchester City to Break British Transfer Record for Radamel Falcao?

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    Manchester City are prepared to set a new British transfer record with a £52 million bid for Atletico Madrid's Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, according to the Sunday People (via Sunday Mail).

    Falcao, 27, has scored 21 league goals this season in 24 appearances. He joined Atletico from Porto in 2011. His contract is thought to have a €60 million release clause.

    According to the report, Falcao would potentially replace Sergio Aguero, who is "unsettled" at City.

£70 Million for Gareth Bale?

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    After making a "top-level inquiry," Manchester United have been told they would have to spend £70 million to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur, according to the Daily Star.

    Bale, a 23-year-old Welsh midfielder, joined Spurs from Southampton in 2007. He has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane after a series of strong performances this season.

    According to the report, Spurs and Bale will hold contract talks this summer. Bale has scored 16 league goals this season in 25 appearances.

    As Yahoo! Eurosport points out, however, it's possible to track this report back to a story from Thursday.

Taffarel: Victor Valdes Should Play in Brazil

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    Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes should consider playing in Brazil, according to former Brazil international keeper Claudio Taffarel (via

    Valdes, 31, has said he will not re-sign with Barcelona when his contract expires in 2014. He debuted for Barca in 2002 after coming through the club's youth system.

    "Why shouldn't Valdes go to Brazil? They now pay well," Taffarel told La Xarxa. "In Brazil they are attracting returning players. Valdes is a great goalkeeper and could play for any of the big teams in Brazil."

Quick Kicks

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    Paris Saint-Germain are considering a bid for Manchester City's French midfielder Samir Nasri (via The Sun).

    An unspecified "number of clubs" in the United Arab Emirates are interested in Chelsea's 32-year-old captain and defender John Terry (via Sunday Mirror).

    AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli says most of the stories the English media reported about him were "invented" (via Mail on Sunday).

    Ipswich Town's Tyrone Mings gave match tickets to one of his Twitter followers this weekend after the fan said he couldn't afford to attend the match (via Yahoo! Eurosport).

    The Greek FA has banned AEK Athens midfielder Giorgos Katidis for life after Katidis made a Nazi salute during a game (via Reuters).

    AS Roma midfielder Erik Lamela says he does not regret joining Roma instead of Barcelona (via Football Italia).