World Football Gossip Roundup: Andre Schurrle, Nani, Claudio Marchisio
In today's B/R World Football Gossip Roundup, the key is perception.
Andre Schurrle's boss thinks Schurrle might already be a Chelsea player. Meanwhile, Nani's boss thinks Nani might make good bait for Claudio Marchisio (pictured).
Both those stories appear inside today's roundup, along with updates on Granit Xhaka, Stevan Jovetic, Jose Mourinho and more. Keep reading for all the details.
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Bayer Leverkusen general manager Wolfgang Holzhauser says forward Andre Schurrle has probably already signed a pre-contract with Chelsea, according to Kicker (via Daily Mirror).
Holzhauser is quoted as saying:
Andre Schurrle has probably signed a pre-contract deal with Chelsea. It all depends on whether we let him go. We have received a concrete offer for a fee which we are considering. But the price alone is not decisive. We must also have alternatives, which we don't have yet.
Schurrle, a 22-year-old German international, has been strongly linked with a move from Bayer to Chelsea this summer. He has scored 11 goals in 32 Bundesliga appearances this season.
Nani, Claudio Marchisio
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Manchester United want to include Nani as part of a £20 million deal to sign Claudio Marchisio from Juventus, according to the Daily Mirror.
Nani, 26, has scored once in 11 Premier League appearances this season. The Portuguese winger joined United from Sporting in 2007.
Marchisio, a 27-year-old Italian international midfielder, has scored six goals in 28 Serie A appearances. If signed, United hope he would bring creativity to their midfield.
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Midfielder Granit Xhaka has declined to commit his future to Borussia Monchengladbach, citing a desire to secure his place at the 2014 World Cup (via ESPN FC).
Xhaka, a 20-year-old Swiss international, has made 20 Bundesliga appearances this season (seven as a substitute), scoring once. He lost his starting place in October after joining 'Gladbach from Basel last summer.
He said, "Of course, I have played a few games now, but when the new season begins and I don’t play, my place in the national team is in danger. I want to make it to the 2014 World Cup with Switzerland, but I need to play in the club if I want to keep my place in the national team."
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Arsenal have entered "advanced talks" to sign Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina, according to Goal.com.
Jovetic, a 23-year-old Montenegrin international forward, has scored 12 goals in 28 Serie A appearances this season. Fiorentina reportedly value Jovetic around €30-€35 million, but Arsenal want to pay less than €23 million.
Arsenal are also interested in Edin Dzeko and Robert Lewandowski, according to the report.
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Several tidbits of news surround Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho.
With rumors continuing to indicate Mourinho will leave Real and return to Chelsea this summer, Mourinho was seen shopping for boxes in Madrid's Ikea over the weekend (via Daily Telegraph).
Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror is reporting that Mourinho wants to make former Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean his assistant at Chelsea.
Finally, Marca reports that Mourinho did not say a word to his players during Monday's training session.
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Hamburg are willing to sell Korean forward Heung Min-Son if he does not agree to a new contract. Liverpool and Tottenham are thought to be interested (via ESPN FC).
Arsenal's Olivier Giroud says he was a transfer target for Bayern Munich last summer (via Sky Sports).
Liverpool and Southampton are interested in Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama (via Daily Mirror).
West Ham are considering a £5 million move for Aston Villa's American goalkeeper, Brad Guzan (via The Sun).
Barcelona have joined the race to sign midfielder Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund (via talkSPORT).