World Football Gossip Roundup: Stevan Jovetic, Christian Benteke, Jose Mourinho
Stevan Jovetic might or might not head to North London this summer. Either way, one of his current teammates is warning him off the move.
Jovetic's continued flirtation with Arsenal leads this Wednesday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup. Inside, we also have news on Christian Benteke, Jose Mourinho, Nemanja Vidic and more.
Keep reading for all the details.
Stevan Jovetic Advised to Join Bigger Club Than Arsenal?
Luca Toni has advised his Fiorentina teammate Stevan Jovetic to join a club bigger than Arsenal (via ESPN.co.uk).
Jovetic, a 23-year-old Montenegrin international forward, has scored 12 goals in 24 Serie A appearances this season with Fiorentina. He has been linked with Arsenal and Manchester City.
"I tell him to think carefully before leaving Florence, as there is an important project here," Toni told ANSA news agency. "If he has to leave, then make it for a real top club. Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United fit that bill, but Arsenal are not better than Fiorentina."
Christian Benteke Dreams of Inter Milan?
The agent of Belgian forward Christian Benteke says playing for Inter Milan would be a "dream," according to Sky Sports.
Benteke, 22, has scored 13 goals in 27 Premier League appearances this season with Aston Villa. He signed for Villa last summer from Genk.
Agent Eris Kismet said he had received no contact from Inter.
"Benteke has a good relationship with the manager Paul Lambert and if Aston Villa will remain in the Premier League he could stay, since he is fine with the club and with the fans," Kismet said. "But if a big club like Inter were to make an offer, we'll evaluate it."
Jose Mourinho Reaches 'Provisional Agreement' to Return to Chelsea?
Jose Mourinho has reached a "provisional agreement" with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to return as the club's manager, according to Metro.
Mourinho, 50, managed Chelsea from 2004-2007, winning two Premier League titles. He currently manages Real Madrid and has won the UEFA Champions League with Porto and Inter Milan.
According to the Metro report, Mourinho has insisted that he will rejoin Chelsea only if the Blues qualify for next season's Champions League.
AC Milan to Target Manchester United Defender Nemanja Vidic?
AC Milan are weighing a move for Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic this summer, according to Goal.com.
Vidic, a 31-year-old former Serbian international, serves as captain for United. He joined the club in 2006 from Spartak Moscow.
Vidic has appeared in 14 Premier League games this season and United would reportedly consider a €12 million offer.
Barcelona Make Mats Hummels Top Defensive Target?
Barcelona have made Borussia Dortmund's German international defender Mats Hummels their top defensive target this summer, according to talkSPORT.
Hummels, 24, joined BVB from Bayern Munich permanently in 2009 after a loan spell. He has made 23 Bundesliga appearances this season.
Barca have also been linked with Manchester City's Vincent Kompany. Bayern are thought to be interested in bringing Hummels back to Bavaria.
Napoli goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis, 36, is retiring from international duty with Italy (via Football Italia).
Out-of-favor Arsenal midfielder Andrei Arshavin is drawing interest from "several" clubs in Azerbaijan (via Sky Sports).
Mexican forward Carlos Vela says he wants to stay with Real Sociedad and is not interested in returning to Arsenal (via Goal.com).
Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has again generated controversy after he appeared to punch Chile's Gonzalo Jara in the face while on international duty with Uruguay (via Yahoo! Eurosport).