The Wayne Rooney saga continues, and not even a title celebration can knock it off course. Rooney, it seems, is dissatisfied with life at Manchester United, and not even the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson can change his mind (at the moment, that is).
That story leads this Monday edition of the Bleacher Report World Football Gossip Roundup, which also includes updates on Radamel Falcao, Christian Eriksen, Neymar, Gareth Bale, Jack Wilshere and more.
Keep reading for all the details.
Retiring Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on Sunday confirmed that Wayne Rooney has submitted a transfer request (via Sky Sports).
Rooney, 27, did not play in United's 2-1 win over Swansea on Sunday. It was Ferguson's final home game in charge of United.
"I don't think Wayne was keen to play, simply because he's asked for a transfer," Ferguson told Sky Sports after the match. "I think he wants to think things through in his own mind. I think that's a good idea. We're not going to let him go."
Ferguson added: "I think he's maybe a bit frustrated at being taken off once or twice in the past few weeks."
According to the Daily Star, Rooney asked to be left out of the Swansea match.
Rooney, an England international forward, joined United from Everton in 2004. He has scored 12 league goals in 27 appearances this season.
AS Monaco manager Claudio Ranieri has said he does not know whether or not Radamel Falcao will join the club this summer (via ESPN FC).
Recent reports have linked Monaco with a £50 million bid for Falcao, a 27-year-old Colombian international striker. Falcao has scored 28 league goals in 33 appearances this season.
Monaco clinched promotion to France's Ligue 1 with a 1-0 victory at Nimes on Saturday. Billionaire owner Dmitri Rybolovlev reportedly wants to build a squad capable of competing for the French title and European honors.
"I don't know if he'll come. We're looking at a lot of players, and I'm sure we'll have a good team," Ranieri told reporters. "For you, it's important to know who's coming, to get scoops. For me, what's important is for us to relax, think about our upcoming games and enjoy it with my players."
Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen says Ajax and Borussia Dortmund have held talks with his agent over a potential transfer (via Sky Sports).
Eriksen, 21, has been linked heavily with a move away from Ajax this summer. Dortmund and Liverpool are thought to be interested.
"I know there has been contact between the two clubs, and both Ajax and Dortmund have already talked to my agent," Eriksen said. "I will consider all the clubs and quietly make a decision. I want clarity when preparing for the new season, that's the best thing—for everyone."
Meanwhile, Ajax manager Frank De Boer has said that Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp telephoned recently to discuss Eriksen (via ESPN FC).
Eriksen, a full Danish international, would be a replacement for Mario Gotze, who is set to join Bayern Munich this summer.
Real Madrid could end their interest in Gareth Bale and instead target Neymar for a transfer this summer, according to the Metro.
Neymar, a 21-year-old Brazil international forward, has said he will stay with Santos until at least 2014. Real reportedly want to trigger his contract's release clause, thought to be around £59 million.
Real's interest in Bale has reportedly waned after Bale hinted he wants to remain with Tottenham. Spurs are reportedly set to offer Bale a new contract worth £130,000 per week.
Incoming Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola is interested in Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere as a long-term target (via Metro).
Wilshere, a 21-year-old England international, recently signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal. Guardiola reportedly understands Wilshere is unlikely to leave Arsenal this summer, but thinks he might if Arsenal's trophy drought continues.
Jose Mourinho, who is being linked heavily with a return to managing Chelsea, has convinced club owner Roman Abramovich to offer veteran midfielder Frank Lampard a new one-year contract, according to the Daily Star.
PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a dispute with Leonardo, the club's sporting director, as the team celebrated winning the French title on Sunday (via The Sun). Ibrahimovic says he will stay with the club and defend the title next season (via Sky Sports).
Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal, 25, says he is happy with Juventus, seemingly ending speculation over a potential move to Manchester United (via talkSPORT).
Barcelona president Sandro Rosell says he hopes to convince goalkeeper Victor Valdes, 31, to remain with the club (via Sky Sports).