World Football Gossip Roundup: Yaya Toure, Radamel Falcao, Luis Suarez
Ultimatums, secret meetings and dreams of Champions League football—it's that kind of day in the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup.
Yaya Toure famously issued an ultimatum to Manchester City this week. So which teams are in line to sign him should he leave?
Radamel Falcao is reportedly wanted by just about every big team in Europe. So which one supposedly held a secret meeting to sign him?
Those questions and more are answered inside. Keep reading for all the details.
Chelsea, Real Madrid Leading Contenders to Sign Yaya Toure?
Chelsea and Real Madrid are the favorites to sign Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure, according to The Sun.
Toure, 29, threatened this week to buy out his contract and leave Manchester City this summer if he is not offered a new deal by Saturday. He is currently under contract until 2015 for a reported £220,000 per week.
According to The Sun, Chelsea would give Toure the full buyout amount as a signing-on fee. Furthermore, because he would be buying out his contract, there would be no transfer fee.
Toure joined City from Barcelona in 2010. He has made 24 Premier League appearances this season, scoring five goals.
Chelsea, Atletico Madrid Hold Secret Meeting over Radamel Falcao?
Chelsea have held a "secret meeting" with Atletico Madrid concerning Atletico's Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, according to Spanish sources cited by the Daily Express.
Falcao, 27, has scored 21 goals this season in 25 La Liga appearances. He joined Atletico from Porto in 2011 and has been linked heavily with several clubs, including Chelsea.
According to the report, Chelsea would pay £5 million extra for Falcao.
Meanwhile, Marca reports that Falcao has told Atletico he will not join Chelsea.
Luis Suarez Open to Offers from Champions League Teams?
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez says he would "welcome" interest this summer from teams playing in "international club competition games" (via Liverpool Echo).
Suarez, 26, leads the Premier League with 22 goals this season in 29 appearances. He joined Liverpool from Ajax in 2011 and is under contract until 2017.
Bayern Munich and Juventus have been linked with Suarez, and with Liverpool in danger of failing to qualify for European competition through the league, he could look to play elsewhere.
The Champions League isn't mentioned by name, but it is assumed Suarez would like to play for a club in the competition. Suarez, speaking in Uruguay ahead of a World Cup qualifier, is quoted as saying:
If another team comes around with more prospects of competing in international club competition games, which is willing to have me, they are welcome. We would talk to the club. We would see if I want to go, (or) if I don’t want to go.
Meanwhile, Liverpool's managing director Ian Ayre has said the club expects Suarez to remain at Anfield next season. Per BBC Sport: "We love Luis being at Liverpool, he loves being at Liverpool and we fully expect him to be at Liverpool next season."
Ayre also speculated that Suarez's intentions might have been "lost in translation."
Juventus Hold Talks with Agent of Angelo Ogbonna?
Juventus have held talks with the agent of Torino defender Angelo Ogbonna, according to talkSPORT.
Ogbonna, a 24-year-old Italian international, has made 14 league appearances this season. Manchester United are also thought to be interested.
Davide Santon Interested in AC Milan
Newcastle United defender Davide Santon says he would strongly consider AC Milan if the club is interested in him (via Sky Sports).
Santon, a 22-year-old Italian international, has been linked with AC Milan. He joined Newcastle from Inter in 2011.
"I'm not sure what would happen if another Italian club came in for me, but I'd seriously think about packing my bags for Milan," he said.
The English football league is considering a salary cap to offset the effects of parachute payments received by relegated Premier League clubs (via The Guardian).
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, who pulled out of England's World Cup qualifying squad to rest his back, will fly to Qatar to work a television broadcast of the game (via Daily Mail).
Inter Milan have been linked with Aston Villa's Andreas Weimann (pictured), an Austrian forward (via Sky Sports).
Fiorentina have bid £5 million for Feyenoord midfielder Jordy Clasie, who has been dubbed the "Dutch Xavi" (via talkSPORT).