World Football Gossip Roundup: Lionel Messi, Andre Schurrle, Daniele De Rossi

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterApril 8, 2013

World Football Gossip Roundup: Lionel Messi, Andre Schurrle, Daniele De Rossi

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    Keep holding your breath a few more days. We still don't know whether or not Lionel Messi will play Wednesday against PSG in the Champions League.

    In this Monday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup, we've got the latest on Messi's world-shaking hamstring injury. Inside, we also have updates on Andre Schurrle, Roberto Mancini, Daniele De Rossi and more.

    Keep reading for all the details.

Bayer Leverkusen Consider Selling Andre Schurrle to Chelsea?

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    Bayer Leverkusen could sell midfielder/forward Andre Schurrle to Chelsea, according to general manager Rudi Voller (via ESPN FC).

    Schurrle, a 22-year-old German international, has scored nine goals with five assists in 28 Bundesliga appearances this season. He joined Leverkusen from Mainz in 2011.

    Chelsea have reportedly been interested in Schurrle since last season. Bild recently reported that Chelsea could offer €15 million. Voller said Leverkusen are considering an offer.

    “Andre is not the only player we have received offers for,” Voller said. “We will not get nervous. That we consider the offer is part of the business. It is all in our hands.” 

Roberto Mancini Under Review at Manchester City?

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    Manchester City officials will review manager Roberto Mancini's performance this summer, according to The Guardian.

    Mancini, 48, took over at City in 2009, replacing Mark Hughes. He signed a new five-year contract last summer.

    Defending champions City trail rivals Manchester United by 15 points in the Premier League. The Blues were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League in the group stage.

    The review will take place in Abu Dhabi. Chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak will lead it, with chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain also taking part.

    Mancini led City to the FA Cup title in 2011 and the Premier League title in 2012.

Daniele De Rossi Drawing Interest from Real Madrid, PSG, Man City?

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    Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City are interested in AS Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi, according to talkSPORT.

    De Rossi, 29, turned professional with Roma in 2001 and has never played for another senior team. He is an Italian international with 84 caps.

    His contract runs until 2017. Manchester City were reportedly interested last summer. 

Lionel Messi Latest

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    Lionel Messi is still having trouble with his injured hamstring and remains a doubt for FC Barcelona's UEFA Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, according to Marca.

    According to the report, Messi will undergo an ultrasound to determine how his hamstring is healing. No decision will be made until Wednesday.

    Messi, 25, departed at halftime of the quarterfinal first leg last week. He scored earlier in the game and has tallied 57 goals in all competitions this season.

    The first leg ended 2-2 in Paris. The second leg will be played Wednesday at Barca's Camp Nou. 

Daniel Van Buyten Open to Monaco Move?

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    Bayern Munich defender Daniel van Buyten has hinted he could move to AS Monaco this summer (via Sky Sports).

    Van Buyten, 35, joined Bayern from Hamburg in 2006. The Belgian has made only eight league appearances this season.

    Van Buyten formerly played for Marseille in France's Ligue 1.

    "Why not return to France?" he said. "There are interesting options like Monaco."

Quick Kicks

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    Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup (pictured) says he does not dream of managing a "big team" like Real Madrid (via ESPN FC).

    The agent of Real Betis playmaker Benat Etxebarria says Etxebarria could leave the club this summer (via ESPN FC).

    Everton, West Ham and Olympiakos will compete to sign Barcelona midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos this summer (via talkSPORT).

    Manchester United have sold the naming rights to their training ground to AON for a reported £180 million over eight years (via Daily Telegraph).

    Former Man United defender Gary Pallister says manager Sir Alex Ferguson wants to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo (via Goal.com).