World Football Gossip Roundup: Vincent Kompany, Wayne Rooney, Robert Lewandowski
Vincent Kompany and Roberto Mancini reportedly can't get along, but what does that mean about the Manchester City captain's future?
That story leads this Thursday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup. Inside, we also have updates on Wayne Rooney's Swedish admirer, Robert Lewandowski's deadline and Jose Mourinho's upcoming plans.
Keep reading for all the details.
Vincent Kompany Wanted by Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich?
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has fallen out with manager Roberto Mancini and is now a transfer target for Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Kompany, a 26-year-old defender, reportedly declined to withdraw from Belgium's World Cup qualifying squad to face Macedonia. According to the report, Mancini wanted Kompany, who was recovering from a calf injury, not to play.
Kompany joined City from Hamburg in 2008.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Wants Wayne Rooney at PSG?
Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he wants Wayne Rooney to join him at Paris Saint-Germain, according to The Sun.
Ibrahimovic, 31, joined PSG from AC Milan last summer. Rooney, a 27-year-old England international forward, has played for United since 2004.
Ibrahimovic is quoted as saying:
If he wants to be part of the best project in football then there is only one club to sign for. Only he knows the decision he is going to make in the summer but the project we are trying to build here is clear.
We are not content with being the dominant force in France, we want to be the top club in Europe as well. I can understand why the owners are interested in Rooney—he is in the top 10 of strikers in Europe.
Borussia Dortmund Tell Robert Lewandowski to Decide by May
Borussia Dortmund have told Robert Lewandowski to decide his future plans by May, according to Kicker (via ESPN FC).
Lewandowski, a 24-year-old Polish forward, has scored 20 league goals in 24 appearances this season. He has been linked with a move away from the German champions, who have him under contract until 2014.
Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are thought to be interested. BVB value Lewandowski at €30 million, according to the report.
“We hear there is interest,” BVB general manager Michael Zorc said. “But until now we have not received any offers.”
Jose Mourinho Wants to Return to Inter Milan, but Not Next Season
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho says he wants to return to Inter Milan, but not next season (via Football España).
Mourinho, 50, led Inter to the UEFA Champions League title in 2010. He joined Real Madrid the following season.
The Portuguese manager has also won the Champions League title with Porto and two Premier League titles with Chelsea. He said he would also like to return to England someday.
I want to go back to Inter at some stage, but not next season. That is not a lie, that is my heart talking. I repeat, I want to go back to Inter, like I want to go back to England, but it won’t be next season.
My next club will certainly not be Inter.
Lazio, Inter Milan Want Ibrahim Afellay?
Inter Milan and Lazio are interested in Barcelona's on-loan Dutch midfielder Ibrahim Afellay, according to a Goal.com exclusive.
Afellay, 27, has spent the season on loan with Schalke in the German Bundesliga. Inter and Lazio were reportedly both interested in signing him last summer.
Barcelona want €6 million for Afellay, according to the report. He joined Barca from PSV in January 2011.
Real Madrid and the European council are under investigation over allegedly making an illegal deal for land around Real's Estadio Bernabeu (via The Independent).
Real could also face discipline from UEFA after Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso appeared to seek yellow cards in Wednesday's quarterfinal first leg against Galatasaray. By being booked, the two would not risk yellow-card suspension in their semifinal (via The Guardian).
Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has said the referee for Tuesday's 2-2 draw at PSG favored the French side (via Marca).
The former president of Partizan Belgrade says Taribo West was 40 when he joined the club in 2002—not 28, as West claimed (via Daily Mail).
Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure is set to sign a new contract with Manchester City (via The Sun).
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could bring on-loan striker Andy Carroll back to Anfield from West Ham United (via Daily Mirror).
Tottenham Hotspur have targeted Aston Villa's £15 million-rated Belgian striker Christian Benteke (via Daily Star).
Atletico Madrid are ready to sell Spanish striker Adrian Lopez (via talkSPORT).