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World Football Gossip: Manchester City, Radamel Falcao, Schalke, AC Milan

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterMay 11, 2013

World Football Gossip: Manchester City, Radamel Falcao, Schalke, AC Milan

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    Manchester City have been strongly linked with a leading European coach to replace Roberto Mancini this summer, despite the club reaching the FA Cup final and finishing second in the Premier League.

    David Moyes has not even started his new role at Manchester United, but he has already been linked with a £30 million bid for a Real Madrid star. No, not that one!

    Striker Radamel Falcao has been linked with a move to Monaco for one season before joining Real Madrid, but Atletico Madrid have now made their own announcement.

    Schalke have also made an announcement which could prove crucial for the future, while one AC Milan player has pleaded with the club over coach Massimiliano Allegri.

    Read on to find out more.

Manchester City

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    Could the FA Cup final be part of Roberto Mancini's swansong at Manchester City? According to a number of reports, the Italian is about to be replaced by Manuel Pellegrini (ESPN).

    The Malaga coach has emerged as a potential successor to Mancini, who lost the Premier League title to rivals Manchester United this season.

    Pellegrini guided Malaga into the Champions League quarterfinals this season and the side were just minutes from reaching the last four before Borussia Dortmund struck twice in injury-time in the second leg (BBC Sport).

    The former Chile international also led Villarreal to the Champions League semifinals in 2006, but Mancini has failed to take City beyond the group stages of the tournament in the last two seasons.

Radamel Falcao

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    The speculation surrounding the future of Radamel Falcao is set to continue after Atletico Madrid played down reports the striker was heading for Monaco next season.

    The Colombia international has been linked with Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, but a report in French sports newspaper Le 10 Sport (via Daily Express) claimed Falcao could be joining Claudio Ranieri's team next season.

    However, Atletico president Enrique Cerezo has played down those reports (Sky Sports) and insists the player and the club are looking ahead to the Copa del Rey final against Real Madrid next week.

    It looks as though the rumour mill will continue to flourish until Falcao finally makes his decision.

Schalke

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    Schalke have appointed Jens Keller as head coach on a permanent contract after his five-month stint in charge of the team (Bundesliga.com).

    The 42-year-old took over on an interim basis after Huub Stevens was sacked in December and has since guided Schalke to the verge of a Champions League spot for next season.

    David Moyes (Daily Mail) and Rafael Benitez (Sunday Times) had both been linked with the Bundesliga club in recent weeks.

    But Keller has now signed a two-year deal with the Gelsenkirchen club, the day after midfielder Julian Draxler also signed a new contract with Schalke (Bundesliga.com).

Karim Benzema

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    Manchester United have been linked with a move for a Real Madrid star for weeks and weeks, but reports today are not concerning Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Bernabeu striker Karim Benzema has now emerged as a target for new Old Trafford manager David Moyes next season as he prepares for a new era after Sir Alex Ferguson.

    The Sun reports that United will bid £30 million for the France international with Wayne Rooney moving out of the club for £25 million.

    Rooney, meanwhile, has hit out at claims he deleted 'Manchester United player' from his Twitter biography (The Guardian) and insists he never had that term on it anyway (Sky Sports).

AC Milan

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    The future of AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri remains unclear after Sassuolo president Giorgio Squinzi claimed Silvio Berlusconi had criticised the San Siro boss (Football Italia).

    Former Manchester City striker and current Milan hero Mario Balotelli has already urged the club not to release Allegri, 45, from his role this summer (BBC Sport).

    And now veteran midfielder Massimo Ambrosini claims it would be a brave move to remove Allegri after the coach steered the team into the Champions League for next season, despite a poor start to the Serie A campaign following the loss of several key players (Football Italia).

    However, the Milan captain also concedes Berlusconi is not a man to change his mind easily.

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