World Football Gossip Roundup: Luis Suarez, Robert Lewandowski, Iker Casillas
The names of the players and the clubs have been out there for some time. These days it's all about connecting the dots.
In this Sunday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup, the big names and big clubs are these: Luis Suarez, Robert Lewandowski, Manchester United and Bayern Munich.
How do they all line up? Keep reading to find out.
Luis Suarez, Robert Lewandowski
Bayern Munich reportedly expect to miss out on signing Robert Lewandowski (pictured) and instead could move for Liverpool's Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, according to the Sunday Telegraph.
Bayern last week were strongly linked with Lewandowski but denied the two parties had reached a deal (via The Guardian). According to the Telegraph, Bayern have accepted that Lewandowski will sign with English champions Manchester United.
If United sign Lewandowski, the deal would raise fresh doubts about Wayne Rooney's future with the club.
Suarez, 26, recently drew a 10-match ban from the Football Association for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic. The Uruguayan scored 23 goals in 33 Premier League appearances this season.
Lewandowski, 24, has scored 23 goals in 28 Bundesliga appearances for Borussia Dortmund this season. He has scored 10 goals in 11 Champions League appearances.
Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers and Chelsea's Rafa Benitez are candidates to replace Roberto Mancini as Manchester City's manager, according to the Sunday People (via Sunday Mirror).
According to the report, Mancini could lose his job even if City win the FA Cup next month. Mancini, 48, joined City in 2009 and has won the Premier League and FA Cup with the Blues.
Rodgers, 40, is in his first season managing Liverpool. Benitez, 53, will leave Chelsea at the end of the season. He previously managed Inter Milan, Liverpool and Valencia, among others, leading Liverpool to the UEFA Champions League title in 2005.
Meanwhile, The Sun reports that Mancini will remain with City regardless of the FA Cup final result.
Paris Saint-Germain manager Carlo Ancelotti has told the club's directors he wants to leave the club at the end of the summer, according to Le Parisien (via Marca).
Ancelotti, 53, joined PSG in 2011. According to the report, he is close to a deal with Real Madrid. He reportedly has offers from Manchester City and Arsenal.
Inter Milan Sign Five
Inter Milan have signed five players for next season, including 20-year-old Sampdoria forward Mauro Icardi (via ESPN FC).
Icardi (pictured) has scored nine goals in 27 Serie A appearances this season. He is a former Barcelona youth player.
The other four players are Diego Laxalt, Hugo Campagnaro, Marco Andreolli and Ruben Botta.
Iker Casillas, Maxime Gonalons
Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas is an Arsenal target, according to the Sunday People (via Sunday Mirror).
Casillas, 31, has reportedly fallen out with Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho. He has not played for Real since a 1-1 league draw at Valencia on Jan. 23.
Mourinho is expected to leave Real this summer, but Casillas reportedly wants to know who will replace Mourinho before deciding his own future.
Casillas has won the Spanish league and cup and the UEFA Champions League with Real. With Spain, he has one World Cup and two European Championship winner's medals.
Meanwhile, Metro reports that Arsenal have opened talks with Lyon over the transfer of midfielder Maxime Gonalons (pictured). Gonalons, 24, has made 32 Ligue 1 appearances this season, scoring three times.
Chelsea TV called Frank Lampard a "former Blues midfielder" in a recent advertisement, hinting that the club and player will part ways this summer (via Metro).
Liverpool could move for QPR's France international forward Loic Remy as cover for Luis Suarez (via Sunday Express).
Tottenham Hotspur are watching Valencia striker Roberto Soldado (via Daily Mail).