World Football Gossip Roundup: Edinson Cavani, Radamel Falcao, Gareth Bale

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterApril 24, 2013

World Football Gossip Roundup: Edinson Cavani, Radamel Falcao, Gareth Bale

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    No news is real news in this Wednesday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup.

    Edinson Cavani is off to PSG (or Manchester City), except that he isn't.

    Real Madrid are willing to pay big for Gareth Bale, but we don't know how much.

    Meanwhile, Radamel Falcao is heading to Chelsea, or at least that's what they believe.

    All that and more inside. Keep reading for all the details.

Edinson Cavani to PSG?

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    Paris Saint-Germain director of football Leonardo has denied a report that PSG have agreed to sign Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani from Napoli (via ESPN FC).

    RMC reported on Tuesday that PSG had reached an agreement to sign Cavani to a four-year contract. Cavani's salary was reported to be €8.5 million per season. Later, the radio station contacted Leonardo, who denied the report.

    Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports Manchester City have reached a deal in principle to sign Cavani. The report says Real Madrid are also in the mix.

    Cavani, 26, has scored 23 goals in 30 Serie A appearances this season. 

Manchester United to Spend This Summer?

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    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson plans to spend £50 million this summer to build on his team's 20th league title (via Daily Mirror).

    United's targets include Borussia Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski, Atletico Madrid forward Radamel Falcao and Everton full-back Leighton Baines. Set to leave are veteran midfielder Paul Scholes, Nani and Anderson.

    According to the article, Wayne Rooney's future at the club is uncertain.  

Gareth Bale

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    Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has set the limit on what the club will pay for Gareth Bale at £45 million, according to the Daily Mail.

    Bale, a 23-year-old Welsh winger, has scored 18 goals in 28 Premier League appearances this season. Real are thought to be long-term admirers.

    Spurs have reportedly set a £100 million price tag on Bale. Real could include either forward Gonzalo Higuain or winger Angel Di Maria as part-exchange in a potential deal. 

Radamel Falcao

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    Chelsea reportedly "believe" they are set to sign Colombian striker Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid (via Daily Mail).

    Falcao, 27, has scored 25 goals in 29 La Liga appearances this season. He has reportedly drawn interest from clubs across Europe, including Real Madrid and Manchester City.

    According to the Mail, Chelsea would pay Atletico £46 million for the transfer. Falcao would make £200,000 per week in wages. 

Luis Muriel

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    Atletico Madrid could pay up to €28 million to sign Colombian striker Luis Muriel from Udinese, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Marca).

    Muriel would reportedly replace his countryman Radamel Falcao, who is expected to leave Atletico this summer. Juventus, AC Milan and Napoli are also interested, according to Gazzetta's report. Milan reportedly bid €10 million in January.

    Muriel, 22, has scored eight goals in 17 Serie A appearances this season. 

Quick Kicks

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    Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho says Real "must do everything possible" to keep Cristiano Ronaldo at the club (via ESPN FC).

    Former Germany international Lothar Matthaus says Mario Gotze's summer move to Bayern Munich is "harmful to all of football" (via Goal.com).

    Borussia Dortmund want to replace Mario Gotze, who is set to join Bayern Munich this summer, with Hamburg's Heung-Min Son (via ESPN FC).

    Juventus are offering Zlatan Ibrahimovic a four-year contract worth €7 million a season—which would be a pay cut—to leave PSG this summer. Ibra is reportedly prepared to ask PSG to let him leave (via La Gazzetta dello Sport).

    PSG forward Ezequiel Lavezzi has hinted at a summer move to AC Milan (via Sky Sports).