World Football Gossip Roundup: Wayne Rooney, Edinson Cavani, Mario Gomez
Depending on which sources you read, Wayne Rooney sounds like a busy, busy man.
According to one source, the English forward is likely to sign a new contract with Manchester United this summer. According to another, he's heading for PSG in France.
That story leads this Tuesday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup. Inside we also have updates on Edinson Cavani, Mario Gomez and more. Keep reading for all the details.
The English press today have conflicting reports about Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney's future.
In The Independent, Ian Herbert contradicts French reports that Rooney, 27, is set to sign with Paris Saint-Germain this summer. Instead, Herbert reports that Rooney likely will sign a new contract with United.
According to the report, Rooney's relationship with manager Sir Alex Ferguson has improved in the time since he was left on the bench for United's UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg against Real Madrid.
The report also says United have no plans to move for Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao.
Meanwhile, The Sun's Neil Custis reports that PSG are "convinced" they will sign Rooney this summer in a double deal with Portuguese winger Nani. The two would cost PSG £25 million.
Rooney has scored 12 league goals this season in 23 appearances. He joined United in 2004 from Everton.
Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani has hinted that he is ready to leave Napoli this summer (via Daily Mail).
Cavani, 26, has been linked with several clubs including Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid. He has scored 22 goals in 29 Serie A appearances this season.
“I'm fine in Naples, but in football there are lots of things to consider,” Cavani is quoted as saying. “I can only say that I will give my all in this shirt until the last day I wear it.”
Cavani's contract reported has a release clause worth €63 million (via Independent.ie).
Chelsea and Manchester City are tracking Bayern Munich's German international striker Mario Gomez, according to the Daily Mail.
Gomez, 27, scored 54 leage goals for Bayern the previous two seasons but has received less playing time this term due to injuries and the emergence of Mario Mandzukic. In 16 Bundesliga appearances (nine as a substitute) this season, Gomez has scored eight goals, leading to reports that he is frustrated with his situation.
Gomez is reportedly a backup plan for both Chelsea and Manchester City, whose top target is reportedly Edinson Cavani.
The agent of Malaga midfielder Jeremy Toulalan has confirmed recent reports that Atletico Madrid are interested in a summer move (via ESPN FC).
Toulalan, 29, joined Malaga from Lyon in 2011 for a reported €10 million. With Malaga dealing with financial difficulties, Toulalan could leave the club this summer. His contract, which runs until 2018, reportedly has a release clause worth €30 million.
According to reports, however, Malaga are willing to sell for half that.
“Atletico Madrid are putting a lot of pressure on Jeremy,” agent Mickael Manuello said. “But it is also true that he has other concrete options.”
Tottenham Looking for a Left-Back?
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has instructed his scouts to find a new left-back, according to the Daily Mirror.
If true, the search would suggest Benoit Assou-Ekotto might leave White Hart Lane this summer. Assou-Ekotto, a 29-year-old Cameroon international, is reportedly trying to find a club in France.
As for replacements, the Mirror lists Inter Milan's Alvaro Pereira, Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao and Napoli's Federico Fernandez.
Swansea City say goalkeeper Michel Vorm is not set to sign with Barcelona (via The Sun).
Andrelecht and Senegal defender Cheikhou Kouyate (pictured) says Arsenal are interested in him and that he would welcome a move to London. The 23-year-old, who is also a target for PSG, is rated around £5 million (via Daily Mirror).
Italian reports have dismissed speculation that Real Madrid are moving for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba and AC Milan forward M'Baye Niang (via Football Italia).
The agent of Costa Rican forward Joel Campbell says Campbell wants to remain with Real Betis on loan from Arsenal for another season (via ESPN FC).
Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue says he wants to join PSG this summer (beIN Sport via ESPN FC).
Real Madrid are considering a summer move for Schalke's 19-year-old German midfielder Julian Draxler (via talkSPORT).
Inter Milan and Manchester United are interested in teenage Anderlecht striker David Henen, who has been dubbed the Belgian Ronaldo (via talkSPORT).
PSG director of football Leonardo has hinted at summer moves for Franck Ribery, Yohan Cabaye and Samir Nasri (via Goal.com).
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