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World Football Gossip Roundup: Radamel Falcao, Jose Mourinho, Iker Casillas

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterApril 10, 2013

World Football Gossip Roundup: Radamel Falcao, Jose Mourinho, Iker Casillas

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    England is the place to be in this Wednesday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup.

    If the gossip is right, Radamel Falcao is set to invade England next season, Jose Mourinho is about to return to his old job and Iker Casillas is an unlikely target for a couple of teams from—you guessed it—England.

    All those stories and more appear inside. Keep reading for all the details. 

Radamel Falcao to Manchester United?

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    Manchester United are "best placed" to sign Colombian striker Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

    The report cites sources that suggest United have already made a down payment for a summer deal. According to the report, the situation played out similarly two years ago when goalkeeper David De Gea joined United from Atletico.

    The deal could cost more than €50 million, according to the report.

    Falcao, 27, joined Atletico from Porto in 2011. This season, he has scored 22 league goals in 27 appearances. He has been capped 43 times by Colombia, scoring 16 goals.

Jose Mourinho Back to Chelsea? Blues Targeting Hulk?

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    Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has already agreed to rejoin Chelsea this summer and has made Brazilian forward Hulk his top transfer target, according to the Daily Star.

    Mourinho, 50, managed Chelsea from 2004 to 2007, winning two Premier League titles and one FA Cup. The Madrid boss won the UEFA Champions League with Porto and Inter Milan.

    According to the report, Mourinho will earn £12 million per year.

    Hulk, 26, joined Zenit St Petersburg from Porto last summer and has played only 13 league games this season, scoring four goals.

Iker Casillas to England?

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    Real Madrid's Spain international goalkeeper Iker Casillas could be a summer transfer target for Arsenal and Liverpool, according to Metro.

    Casillas, 31, made his first-team debut with Real in 1999 after coming through the club's youth system. He has won the Spanish league five times and the UEFA Champions League twice with Real. At the international level, he is a two-time European Champion and was a member of Spain's 2010 FIFA World Cup-winning squad.

    But Casillas has apparently lost his place to Diego Lopez after suffering an injury earlier this season.

    According to the report, Spanish sources say Casillas is open to a move to England. 

Mats Hummels Open to Barcelona Move?

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    Borussia Dortmund's German international defender Mats Hummels says Barcelona are one of the only teams he would consider joining (via ESPN FC).

    Hummels, 24, joined BVB from Bayern Munich in 2009 and has made 23 league appearances this season. Mundo Deportivo has linked him with a move to Barcelona, reports ESPN FC.

    "My father and I reject 99.9 percent of the teams from all over the world when they come to us,” Hummels told Sport Bild. “But Barcelona is one of two or three clubs who I would consider maybe signing for.”

    Hummels is under contract with BVB until 2017. He added: "I would study it to see if it made sense to leave. I am not saying I want to go.” 

Quick Kicks

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    Swansea City hope to sign Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku (pictured) on loan, using the lure of European football next season (via Daily Mirror).

    Arsenal would have to pay Stoke City £15 million for keeper Asmir Begovic (via Daily Mail).

    Anzhi Makhachkala are ready to meet the £34 million release clause of Porto's Jackson Martinez (via talkSPORT).

    Juventus are also interested in Martinez (via Goal.com).

    AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli considered walking out of a recent match at Fiorentina because of racist abuse (via Football Italia).

    Marseille and English midfielder Joey Barton have not reached a deal to keep Barton in France next season, according to the club (via Sky Sports).

    Juventus manager Antonio Conte has warned Bayern Munich that they face "a completely different match" in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg (via La Gazzetta Dello Sport). 

     

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