World Football Gossip Roundup: Robert Lewandowski, Jose Mourinho, Xabi Alonso
The gossip scribes simply cannot make up their minds.
One day, Robert Lewandowski is reportedly heading one place. The next day, he's thought to be going someplace else.
What is his ultimate destination today? That story leads this Thursday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup.
Inside, we also have news on Jose Mourinho, Xabi Alonso, Lukas Podolski, Fernandinho and more. Read on for all the details.
The Sun is reporting that Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski will turn down Manchester United in order to join Bayern Munich.
Lewandowski, a 24-year-old Poland international, is reportedly rated around £25 million. According to the report, he is close to signing a five-year deal with Bayern worth £160,000 per week.
On Sunday, The Telegraph reported that Bayern were resigned to missing out on signing Lewandowski, who was then expected to join United.
Jose Mourinho, Xabi Alonso
Spain international midfielder Xabi Alonso could follow Jose Mourinho to Chelsea this summer in a "cheap" deal, according to The Independent.
Mourinho, 50, is widely expected to leave Real this summer. He previously managed Chelsea from 2004 to 2007 and is being linked with a return to the London club.
Alonso, 31, has one season left on his contract and has not signed a new deal offered by Real. He is reportedly an ally of Mourinho's in the Real dressing room.
Alonso previously played in England for Liverpool from 2004 to 2009.
Bayern Munich have made "preliminary enquiries" about the availability of Torino defender Angelo Ogbonna, according to talkSPORT.
Ogbonna, 24, has made 18 Serie A appearances this season. He has earned five senior caps for Italy.
AC Milan, Manchester United and Liverpool are also thought to be interested.
Galatasaray will bid on Arsenal's German international forward Lukas Podolski this summer, according to Turkish reports cited by Metro.
Podolski, 27, joined Arsenal from FC Köln last summer. In his first season with the Gunners, he has scored nine league goals in 30 appearances.
Gala will reportedly bid £12 million for Podolski, who would earn £130,000 per week on a four-year contract.
Juventus, Anzhi Makhachkala and Bayer Leverkusen are also thought to be interested.
Shakhtar Donetsk say Manchester City must pay Fernandinho's full €50 million release clause in order to sign him (via ESPN FC).
Fernandinho, a 27-year-old Brazil international defensive midfielder, has reportedly emerged as a top transfer target for City. He joined Shakhtar from Atletico Paranaense in 2005.
As Shakhtar manager Mircea Lucescu told PRO TV (via ESPN FC):
If our players receive offers from teams higher than Shakhtar, we do everything possible to help them. Currently, I think Manchester City are not at our level. If City want to [sign Fernandinho], the clause is €50 million.
Chelsea are considering a contract extension for veteran midfielder Frank Lampard (via Daily Telegraph).
Former Colombia international Faustino Asprilla has told his countryman Radamel Falcao to join Manchester United (via ESPN FC).
Spain international goalkeeper Iker Casillas says he is staying at Real Madrid (via Sky Sports).
Real Madrid are set to sell striker Gonzalo Higuain and keep Karim Benzema (via Sky Sports).
Zenit St. Petersburg are interested in Dimitar Berbatov, according to the player's agent (via Goal.com).