World Football Gossip Roundup: Radamel Falcao, Karim Benzema, Wayne Rooney
It's not news that Radamel Falcao could be leaving Atletico Madrid this summer. But if recent reports are right, his destination might be different than we first thought.
That story leads this Sunday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup. Inside we have updates on Karim Benzema, Wayne Rooney, Sami Khedira, Jose Mourinho and more.
Keep reading for all the details.
AS Monaco's billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev has agreed to buy out Radamel Falcao's contract with Atletico Madrid for £50 million, according to the Sunday Times (subscription required). Falcao is expected to accept Monaco's contract offer of €9.8 million per year, according to the report.
The Daily Mail cites the Times' article in a free version here.
Similar reports surfaced late last week, with Atletico denying a deal had been made (via Sky Sports).
Falcao, 27, has scored 27 La Liga goals in 32 appearances this season. Monaco are set to return to France's Ligue 1 next season after being relegated in 2011.
Karim Benzema, Wayne Rooney
Manchester United are considering a move for Real Madrid's France international striker Karim Benzema as a potential replacement for Wayne Rooney, according to the Sun.
The £30 million bid for Benzema would be financed in part by selling Rooney for £25 million, according to the report. Rooney's future plans will be the "first priority" for new manager David Moyes.
Moyes gave Rooney his first-team debut at Everton in 2002, when Rooney was 16. He joined Manchester United in 2004 and has scored 12 league goals in 27 appearances this season.
Benzema, 25, has scored 10 La Liga goals in 29 appearances for Real Madrid this season.
Sami Khedira, Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho wants to bring midfielder Sami Khedira with him from Real Madrid to Chelsea, according to the Sunday Mirror.
Mourinho, 50, has been linked strongly with a return to Chelsea this summer. He previously managed the Blues from 2004-07, winning two league titles. He currently manages Real Madrid.
Khedira, 26, has made 24 league appearances this season for Real Madrid, scoring twice. He joined Real in 2010 from Stuttgart and would reportedly cost Chelsea about £20 million.
Tottenham Hotspur have made Christian Benteke their top transfer target this summer, according to the Daily Mirror. Arsenal are also thought to be interested.
Benteke, a 22-year-old Belgian international striker, joined Villa from Genk last summer for £7 million. He has scored 19 Premier League goals in 34 appearances this season and is reportedly now worth £20 million or more.
Beckham, 38, joined PSG in January after leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer in December.
The former England captain has made eight Ligue 1 appearances while playing on a short-term contract.
The agent of Ajax winger Ryan Babel says Babel is interested in a summer transfer to Real Betis (via ESPN FC).
France international defender Jeremy Mathieu says Barcelona is a "fantastic club" but he is committed to Valencia (via ESPN FC).
Liverpool are in talks to sign Lille's £8 million-rated French defender Lucas Digne (via Sunday People).
Veteran midfielder Frank Lampard, fresh off setting Chelsea's all-time scoring record, says he wants to remain with the club after this season. His contract expires in the summer (via The Sun).
Seven clubs from around the world are interested in Manchester United's veteran defender Rio Ferdinand (via The Sun).
PSV Eindhoven manager Dick Advocaat says midfielder Kevin Strootman needs to leave Holland to further his career (via Sky Sports).
Luca Toni says Montenegrin forward Stevan Jovetic is "suffering" at Fiorentina (via Football Italia).
Manchester City will sack manager Roberto Mancini this week, according to The Independent.