World Football Gossip Roundup: Mario Gotze, Radamel Falcao, Gareth Bale
The strong get stronger in this Tuesday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup.
Bayern Munich, the runaway champions of Germany's Bundesliga, are set to become even stronger this summer when a certain young German international joins their ranks. The scary part is that Mario Gotze will be leaving Bayern's closest competitors in the process.
In addition to that story, we have updates on Luis Suarez, Radamel Falcao, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gareth Bale and more. Keep reading for all the details.
Mario Gotze to Join Bayern Munich
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Gotze, a 20-year-old Germany international attacking midfielder, came through the Borussia Dortmund youth system before making his first-team debut in 2009. His transfer to Bayern will reportedly cost €37 million, a record for a German player.
Gotze will join Bayern on July 1. Bayern clinched the Bundesliga title on April 6 with six matches left, and both the Munich club and Dortmund will begin the Champions League semi-finals this week.
Luis Suarez Latest
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The Football Association on Monday charged Liverpool striker Luis Suarez with violent conduct after Suarez bit Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic during Sunday's 2-2 Premier League draw at Anfield (via Sky Sports).
In more recent news, a spokesman for UK Minister David Cameron has called on the FA to consider "that high-profile players are often role models" (via The Guardian), meaning that Downing Street supports a long ban. The Guardian also reports that Ivanovic rejected Suarez's apology.
According to the Daily Mail, the two players had to be separated in the tunnel at halftime.
Finally, The Independent reports that the FA could seek a seven-game suspension for Suarez.
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Falcao, 27, has scored 25 league goals for Atletico this season. Courtois, 20, has spent the past two seasons on loan with Atletico. He has made 31 league appearances this season.
Chelsea are also interested in Napoli's Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani, according to the report.
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Ibrahimovic, a 31-year-old Sweden international, joined PSG from AC Milan last summer. His contract runs until 2015.
Ibrahimovic played for Juventus from 2004-06, and recent rumors have linked him with a return to Turin.
Said Ibra, via Sky Sports:
If Juventus really want me, it would be an honour for me to play for them. They are a fantastic club with a great team and a great project. It's an honour that they are interested in me, but at this time I am only thinking about PSG and winning the title with them.
Meanwhile, Ibra's agent says he has not asked to leave PSG (via ESPN FC).
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Bale, a 23-year-old Welsh international midfielder, has scored 18 Premier League goals this season. Spurs have reportedly given him a £100 million price tag. Bale signed a new contract last summer.
According to the report, Real Madrid plan to offer winger Jose Callejon in part-exchange for Bale.
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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, fresh off winning his 13th Premier League title, says defender/midfielder Phil Jones has the potential to become one of the club's greatest-ever players (via ESPN FC).
Moroccan midfielder Younes Belhanda is set to leave Montpellier this summer (via ESPN FC).
AS Monaco are ready to break their transfer record to sign 21-year-old attacking midfielder Isco from Malaga (via talkSPORT).