World Football Gossip Roundup: Edinson Cavani, Leandro Damiao, Yaya Toure

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterMarch 28, 2013

World Football Gossip Roundup: Edinson Cavani, Leandro Damiao, Yaya Toure

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    So you're telling us there's a chance?

    The saga of Edinson Cavani's inevitable departure from Napoli drags on and on, but in this Thursday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup, we find out there is a possibility that Cavani could be on his way to the Spanish capital.

    And it's a pretty decent chance at that.

    Elsewhere, we have updates on Roberto Mancini, Yaya Toure, Leandro Damiao and Gervinho.

    Keep reading for all the details.

Real Madrid Have 50/50 Chance to Sign Edinson Cavani?

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    Real Madrid's chance of signing Edinson Cavani is 50 percent, according to the player's father (via ESPN FC).

    Cavani, a 26-year-old Uruguayan forward, has been linked with numerous clubs including Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City. He has scored 20 goals in 27 Serie A appearances this season.

    "Napoli has rejected offers from many teams," Luis Cavani told Marca TV. "But I think that they’d sell him for an offer of €60m. There is a 50 percent possibility he will sign for Real Madrid, but the negotiation with Napoli is difficult." 

Roberto Mancini Denies Monaco Speculation

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    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has denied reports linking him with AS Monaco (via Daily Telegraph).

    Mancini, 48, took charge of City in 2009, replacing Mark Hughes. He led City to the English title in 2011-12, their first since 1967-68.

    On Wednesday, the Daily Mirror reported that AS Monaco owner Dmitry Rybolovlev offered Mancini a transfer fund of £170 million to build Monaco into a power.

    Mancini denied the speculation, saying (per the Telegraph): "Monaco, for me, are one of the best in France now. Now they are in the second division. They have a good manager and I stay here for a long time, like Yaya (Toure)." 

Yaya Toure to Finish Season with Manchester City, Then Decide Future

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    Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says he will decide his long-term future this summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

    Toure, a 29-year-old Ivory Coast international, made headlines last week when his agent gave City an ultimatum over a new contract. Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are thought to be interested in signing Toure.

    "I am, for the moment, a City player, and I will fight so that we finish the season in good conditions," he said. "In a club, there are players and administrators. We are like soldiers and we carry out what employers say." 

Leandro Damiao to Leave Internacional This Summer?

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    Leandro Damiao is likely to leave Internacional this summer, according to the Brazilian club's director of football (via Sky Sports).

    Damiao, a 23-year-old Brazil international forward, scored a tournament-leading six goals at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He is rated around €20 million, with Napoli and Tottenham Hotspur thought to be interested.

    Luis Cesar Souto de Moura, Internacional's director of football, told UOL: "Leandro Damiao is indeed the player that is most likely to leave Internacional, especially because foreign clubs are interested. Damiao is the player of the moment, everyone is seeing that. He is a great player, he's very special." 

Arsenal to Sell Gervinho and Sign Pepe Reina?

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    Arsenal plan to sell Gervinho and sign keeper Pepe Reina from Liverpool this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

    Galatasaray are reportedly interested in signing Gervinho, a 25-year-old Ivorian forward, after being impressed with his performances at the Africa Cup of Nations. He has scored four league goals in 14 appearances this season.

    The Mail suggests Gala could offer £12 million. 

Quick Kicks

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    Arsenal and Liverpool will compete this summer to sign Welsh defender Ashley Williams (pictured) from Swansea (via Daily Mail).

    Anzhi Makhachkala have made a "mega-buck" offer for Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes (via Marca).

    Michu says his "dream" is to retire at Oviedo in the Spanish top flight (via Marca).

    Chelsea plan to "hijack" West Ham United's move for Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Bony (via The Sun).

    Inter Milan, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are interested in Aston Villa's Belgian forward Christian Benteke (via Daily Mail).

    Brazilian club Vasco Da Gama expect defender Dede to leave this summer. Manchester United and Liverpool are thought to be interested (via talkSPORT).

    Liverpool will bid £12 million for Shakhtar Donetsk's attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan (via talkSPORT).

    Francesco Totti, 36, wants a new deal with AS Roma (via Football Italia).