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World Football Gossip Roundup: Robert Lewandowski, Luis Suarez, Neymar

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterApril 25, 2013

World Football Gossip Roundup: Robert Lewandowski, Luis Suarez, Neymar

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    Robert Lewandowski's big night might be one of his last for Borussia Dortmund. Within hours of blasting Real Madrid for four goals in the UEFA Champions League semifinals, the Polish striker is being linked with a move away from BVB.

    That's not necessarily surprising, but if you haven't been following his story all spring, you might be surprised about his reported destination.

    That story leads this Thursday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup. Inside, we also have updates on Luis Suarez, Jose Mourinho, Neymar and more.

    Keep reading for all the details.

Robert Lewandowski

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    Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski could be on his way to Bayern Munich after having "agreed terms with one club" (via The Independent).

    Lewandowski, a 24-year-old Polish striker, scored four goals as Dortmund beat Real Madrid 4-1 on Wednesday in their UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg. His contract expires at the end of next season, and various reports have linked him with Bayern for much of 2013.

    According to Der Spiegel, Bayern bid €25 million for Lewandowski last week. Dortmund reportedly declined in order to offer Lewandowski a new contract, which he rejected.

    On Thursday, Lewandowski's agent was quoted by Bild as saying: "We have agreed terms with one club, and we plan to move this summer." 

Luis Suarez

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    Liverpool fear Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez will try to force an exit from the club this summer after receiving a 10-match ban for biting the arm of Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, according to the Daily Star.

    Suarez's 10-match ban was announced on Wednesday (via BBC News). The incident happened in last Sunday's Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield.

    Suarez, 26, joined Liverpool from Ajax in 2011. He scored 23 goals in 33 Premier League appearances this season before being banned.

    Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are thought to be interested in Suarez, who is reportedly valued around £35 million. 

Jose Mourinho

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    Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho is "almost certain" to rejoin Chelsea this summer, according to German newspaper Bild (cited by Daily Mirror).

    Mourinho, 50, managed Chelsea from 2004 to 2007, winning league titles in 2004-05 and 2005-06. He has won UEFA Champions League titles with Porto and Inter, and currently manages Real Madrid.

    Along with Mourinho's return, Chelsea will reportedly sign Colombian striker Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid for €60 million. 

Neymar

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    Neymar will leave Brazil for Europe following the 2014 FIFA World Cup in his homeland, according to the player's father (via Daily Mail).

    Neymar, a 21-year-old Brazil international forward, has been linked with several top European clubs since shooting to fame with Santos in recent seasons. His future plans have been the subject of intense speculation for more than a year.

    His father is quoted as saying: "My son will close a chapter in his life after playing in the World Cup here and will then leave for Europe."

    Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea are thought to be the most likely destinations for Neymar, who is valued around £50 million. 

Barcelona Shake-Up

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    Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says Tito Vilanova will remain manager next season but the squad will receive a "shake up" (via ESPN FC).

    Vilanova, 44, took over as manager following the departure of Pep Guardiola last summer. Barcelona lead Spain's La Liga by 13 points with six matches remaining, but trail Bayern Munich 4-0 after the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semifinal.

    “We will make four or five signings,” Bartomeu said. “We must shake up the squad. We will bring in players from Barca B. There are certain positions that need to be strengthened." 

Quick Kicks

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    Arsenal have renewed their interest in Sevilla defender Federico Fazio, who was a target in 2009 (via Daily Mail). The Gunners are also interested in Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler (via Daily Mirror).

    Basel defender Aleksandar Dragovic is set to snub Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal to sign with Everton (via talkSPORT).

    Inter president Massimo Moratti has denied rumors linking goalkeeper Samir Handanovic (pictured) with Barcelona (via Football Italia).

    Inter have joined Juventus in the race to sign forward Alessandro Diamanti from Bologna (via Goal.com).

    PSG defender Thiago Silva has urged striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to stay at the club (via Goal.com). 

     

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