World Football Gossip Roundup: David Beckham, Edinson Cavani, Aymen Abdennour
It pays to be David Beckham. Quite a bit, in fact.
The latest rich list is out, once again ranking the world's wealthiest footballers. Guess who sits atop the list, luxuriously coifed hair and all?
That story leads this Tuesday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup. Inside, we also have updates on Edinson Cavani's price tag, Barcelona's quest for a new defender and much more.
Keep reading for all the details.
David Beckham Ranked the World's Best-Paid Footballer
David Beckham is the world's best-paid footballer according to France Football magazine (via ESPN FC).
Beckham, 37, will reportedly make €36 million this year in salary and endorsements. He reportedly earns €33 million per year in endorsements. Beckham recently signed with Paris Saint-Germain of France's Ligue 1.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi was second on the list, with Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo third.
Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho was the highest-paid coach.
Edinson Cavani Free to Leave Napoli for €70 Million?
Napolo president Aurelio De Laurentiis says Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani is free to leave for €70 million (via Daily Mail).
Cavani, 26, has scored 28 goals in all competitions this season. He joined Napoli from Palermo in 2010 and his contract reportedly has a release clause of €63 million.
De Laurentiis said Napoli want more than that to cover the tax burden from a sale.
Said De Laurentiis: "We included a very high buy-out clause in his contract because we want him to stay at Napoli. The clause exists, though, and if some nutter is willing to pay €70m for him, which would mean a net fee of €63m for Napoli, we are ready to listen to the offer."
Manchester City are thought to be interested.
Meanwhile, De Laurentiis also spoke about Sampdoria forward Mauro Icardi, saying Napoli would only sign the 20-year-old starlet if they could guarantee a first-team place (via Football Italia).
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Likes PSG?
Gabon international forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has reportedly said he would like to join Paris Saint-Germain from St. Etienne (via Metro).
Aubameyang, 23, has scored 16 goals in 28 Ligue 1 appearances this season. Chelsea, Arsenal and Newcastle are also thought to be interested.
"I am ready to join a top club," Aubameyang is quoted as saying. "PSG? Of course an eventual offer would be really interesting, but I don’t know if they are really tracking me. We will see. In any case it would be nice to play alongside Ibrahimovich."
Barcelona Interested in Defender Aymen Abdennour?
Toulouse defender Aymen Abdennour says Barcelona are interested in him and that he would like to join the club (via ESPN FC).
Abdennour, a 23-year-old Tunisian international, has appeared 22 times in Ligue 1 this season, scoring once. His agent says he is likely to leave Toulouse this summer.
"I know that Barcelona are following me and four other defenders, at least," Abdennour told Radio Montecarlo. "If there is to be an offer from them at the end of the season then I will not say no, but Toulouse's president will decide."
Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano says he might have played street football with new Pope Francis I when the two went to the same school in Buenos Aires (Reuters via The Independent).
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini reportedly called his players "gutless" in the locker room after their recent loss at Everton (via Daily Star).
Boca Juniors are reportedly interested in Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez, who formerly played for the Buenos Aires club (via Daily Express).
Schalke want to keep hold of Julian Draxler, a 19-year-old midfielder who is reportedly wanted by AC Milan, Inter Milan, Manchester United and Chelsea (via Sky Sports).
AC Milan defender Luca Antonini, 30, says he would like to play in England one day (via Football Italia).
Former England international forward Michael Owen, 33, says he will retire at the end of the season (via Goal.com).
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