World Football Gossip Roundup: Gareth Bale, Fernandinho, Leandro Damiao

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterMay 1, 2013

World Football Gossip Roundup: Gareth Bale, Fernandinho, Leandro Damiao

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    Gareth Bale could cost a potential suitor up to £60 million this summer, but make no mistake, some clubs can—and probably would—pay.

    That's the word in this Wednesday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup. Inside, we also have news on Fernandinho, Leandro Damiao and Bebeto's baby from the famous World Cup goal celebration.

    Keep reading for all the details. 

Gareth Bale

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    Real Madrid director of football Zinedine Zidane says "three or four teams" can afford to meet Tottenham Hotspur's asking price for Gareth Bale this summer (via The Independent).

    Bale, 23, has scored 19 Premier League goals in a breakout 2012-13 season. Over the weekend, the Welshman earned his second PFA Player of the Year award.

    He has been linked with a move away from Spurs this summer, with Real Madrid thought to be heavily interested. Speaking about those reports, Zidane said:

    Tottenham could command £40 million, £50 million, maybe even £60 million for him. It is a lot of money—but there are maybe three or four teams in the world that can pay that sort of transfer fee and it won't put them off.

Fernandinho

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    Manchester City are showing "preliminary" interest in Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho, according to The Guardian.

    Fernandinho, 27, joined Shakhtar from Atletico Paranaense in 2005. He appeared in eight UEFA Champions League matches this season, scoring once.

    The report compares Fernandinho's playing style to that of Yaya Toure. City would have to pay up to £17 million for his transfer.

    On Tuesday, Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri tweeted that Sky Italia had reported a deal between Man City and Fernandinho. According to the report, Fernandinho signed with City in January for £23 million but the deal was only announced this week.

Leandro Damiao

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    Leandro Damiao likely will join Tottenham Hotspur within a year, according to Internacional president Giovanni Luigi (via ESPN FC).

    Leandro, 23, scored six goals—the most in the tournament—for Brazil at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He has also been linked with Napoli of Italy's Serie A.

    “Recently we talked with Tottenham, Leandro is very likely to play games in England in the coming year," said Luigi. "On the other hand we can exclude Napoli.”

Mattheus Oliveira

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    Brazil Under-20 international Mattheus Oliveira is close to signing for Juventus, according to current club Flamengo (via Football Italia).

    Oliveira, 18, is the son of former Brazil international Bebeto, who famously marked his son's birth with a baby-themed goal celebration at the 1994 FIFA World Cup. He is expected to cost Juventus €1.5 million.

    “We are just missing a document that has yet to arrive from Italy,” said Flamengo sporting director Paulo Pelaipe. “But the agreement is basically done.” 

Antonio Cassano

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    AS Monaco have been linked with a move for Inter's Italian international striker Antonio Cassano (via ESPN FC).

    Cassano, 30, has scored seven goals in 27 Serie A appearances this season. He has been capped 35 times by Italy.

    Monaco currently lead France's Ligue 2 by five points over Nantes with four matches left. Owner Dmitry Rybolovlev reportedly wants to strengthen the squad for a challenge on the Ligue 1 title. 

Quick Kicks

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    Inter Milan and Liverpool are interested in signing Barcelona defender Martin Montoya (via talkSPORT).

    Manchester United have targeted Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio (via talkSPORT).

    Aston Villa will offer Belgian forward Christian Benteke a new contract this summer (via Daily Telegraph).

    Malaga could move for Wigan manager Roberto Martinez if Manuel Pellegrini leaves for Chelsea or Manchester City this summer (via Daily Mirror).

    PSG have joined Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan in the race to sign 21-year-old striker Simone Zaza (pictured) from Sampdoria (via Football Italia).

    Italian striker Stephan El Shaarawy says he would like to spend his entire career with AC Milan (via Sky Sports).