World Football Gossip Roundup: Sir Alex Ferguson, Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterMay 8, 2013

World Football Gossip Roundup: Sir Alex Ferguson, Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez

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    Manchester United could have a strikingly different look and feel next season, both on the pitch and along the touchline.

    Longtime manager Sir Alex Ferguson has announced he will retire at the end of the season, and star forward Wayne Rooney is being linked with a move away from Old Trafford as well.

    Who will succeed Ferguson? Where might Rooney go? Those questions and more are answered in this Wednesday edition of the World Football Gossip Roundup.

    Keep reading for all the details. 

Sir Alex Ferguson to Retire

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    Sir Alex Ferguson on Wednesday announced he will retire at the end of the season (via ManUtd.com). Ferguson, 71, has led United to 13 league titles and two Champions League triumphs since being appointed in 1986.

    Everton's David Moyes is the favorite to replace Ferguson, according to The Guardian and Telegraph. Moyes, 50, has managed Everton since 2002.

    Jose Mourinho is also being linked with United despite heavy speculation that he will rejoin Chelsea ahead of next season.

    The Telegraph's Mark Ogden broke the story late on Tuesday.

    UPDATE: The Times is reporting that Moyes will be named United's next manager within 24 hours. 

Wayne Rooney

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    Wayne Rooney has told his Manchester United teammates that he wants to join Bayern Munich this summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

    Rooney, 27, has scored 12 Premier League goals in 27 appearances this season. The England international forward joined United from Everton in 2004.

    According to the Mirror, Bayern are "close" to completing a £30 million deal to sign Rooney. Paris Saint-Germain are also thought to be interested, but Rooney is reportedly interested in working with incoming Bayern manager Pep Guardiola.

Luis Suarez

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    Atletico Madrid are preparing a £40 million bid for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, according to the Daily Mirror.

    The bid reportedly will be backed by the government of Azerbaijan, which is sponsoring Atletico's shirt. Colombian striker Radamel Falcao is widely expected to leave the club and will likely bring in a large transfer fee, which could be reinvested in the squad.

    Suarez, 26, scored 23 Premier League goals in 33 appearances this season. He is currently serving a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic during a league match last month. 

Carles Puyol

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    Barcelona defender Carles Puyol has denied a report linking him with a move to AC Milan at the end of the season (Goal.com via Yahoo! Sports).

    A Spanish report on Tuesday said the 35-year-old Spain international had held talks with Milan. He denied the report via Twitter, and the translation is below.

    "All the information that has come out is false. I am solely focused on recovering from my injury and to be in top form at the start of next season."

    Puyol has made just 13 league appearances in an injury-hit season. He is under contract until June 2016. 

Gonzalo Higuain

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    Juventus lead Tottenham in the race to sign Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid, according to talkSPORT.

    The Italian champions have already opened talks with Higuain's representatives, according to the report.

    Higuain, 25, has scored 13 league goals in 24 appearances this season. 

Quick Kicks

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    Barcelona have increased their interest in Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina (via Daily Mail).

    Barcelona midfielder Alexandre Song (pictured) says he will not return to England this summer (via London Evening Standard).

    AC Milan could bid on Manchester City defender Kolo Toure (via Daily Mail).

    Swansea City want £10 million for Welsh defender Ashley Williams, who is reportedly wanted by Arsenal and Liverpool (via Metro).

    John Terry says he will not play for another Premier League club if he is sold by Chelsea (via ESPN FC).