World Football Gossip Roundup: Cesc Fabregas, Gonzalo Higuain, Neymar

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterMay 14, 2013

World Football Gossip Roundup: Cesc Fabregas, Gonzalo Higuain, Neymar

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    Cesc Fabregas is being linked with a move to England, but it might not be where you're thinking.

    Meanwhile, Neymar is (still) being linked with a move to Europe, but (again) it might not be where you're thinking.

    Those stories lead this Tuesday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup, which also includes updates on Gonzalo Higuain, Arjen Robben, Christian Benteke, Roberto Mancini and more.

    Keep reading for all the details.

Cesc Fabregas

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    Manchester United are interested in signing midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona, according to the London Evening Standard.

    Fabregas, 26, joined Barcelona from Arsenal in 2011. He has made 29 appearances in La Liga this season, scoring 10 goals and recording 11 assists.

    Barcelona reportedly still owe Arsenal £5 million from the 2011 transfer and value Cesc around £20 million. Arsenal reportedly have first option to buy him back.

Gonzalo Higuain

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    Arsenal have agreed to an £18.5 million deal to sign Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid, according to Spanish website (English version at

    Higuain, 25, has scored 14 league goals in 26 matches (19 starts) this season while sharing playing time in the Real lineup with Karim Benzema.

    According to the report, a five-year deal is in place, but it depends on Arsenal qualifying for next season's Champions League.

Roberto Mancini

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    Manchester City sacked manager Roberto Mancini late Monday, with assistant Brian Kidd taking control for the final two matches of the season (via

    Malaga's Manuel Pellegrini is the favorite for the full-time job. The Independent reports that City must trigger a £3.3 million release clause in Pellegrini's contract.

    Meanwhile, the Daily Express reports that Mancini is a candidate to replace Claudio Ranieri at AS Monaco. The Times reports (subscription needed) that Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli are interested.

Christian Benteke

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    Borussia Dortmund have targeted Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke as a potential replacement for Robert Lewandowski, according to the Daily Mail.

    Benteke, 22, joined Villa last summer in a £7 million transfer from Genk. He has scored 19 league goals in his debut season in the Premier League.

    Lewandowski, 24, has been linked heavily with a move away from Dortmund. Bayern Munich are thought to be interested.

    Villa reportedly value Benteke around £20 million.

Arjen Robben

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    Manchester City are considering a move for Bayern Munich's Dutch winger Arjen Robben (via Daily Mail). Robben, 29, is thought to be available for £12 million.

    Robben joined Bayern from Real Madrid in 2007. He previously played for Chelsea in the Premier League from 2004-07.

    Incoming Bayern manager Pep Guardiola reportedly does not see Robben in his plans.

    Robben quickly dismissed the rumors (via Sky Sports), saying, "I still have two years on my deal so why should I leave?"

Quick Kicks

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    Former Santos official Vicente Cascione says Neymar will leave the club this summer to join Bayern Munich and former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola (via

    Incoming Manchester United manager David Moyes wants to bring defender Phil Jagielka with him from Everton (via The Sun).

    Napoli are considering a move for Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet (via talkSPORT).

    Borussia Dortmund and midfielder Kevin De Bruyne have agreed to terms on a five-year deal, according to the German media (via ESPN FC).

    Bayer Leverkusen see Benfica's Nico Gaitan as a potential replacement for Andre Schurrle (via talkSPORT).