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World Football Gossip Roundup: Neymar, Radamel Falcao, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterMay 16, 2013

World Football Gossip Roundup: Neymar, Radamel Falcao, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen

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    Another transfer window is fast approaching, which must mean it's time for Neymar rumors. Fortunately, you've come to the right place.

    As usual, the rumored suitors are from an illustrious European club, and as usual the reported transfer fee is quite high. So who, where and what features in the latest news? That story leads this Thursday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup.

    Inside, we also have updates on Radamel Falcao, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and plenty more. Keep reading for all the details. 

Neymar

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    Barcelona want to sign Santos' Brazil international forward Neymar "as soon as possible," according to Marca.

    According to the report, Barcelona director of football Raúl Sanllehí has traveled to Brazil. Barcelona president Sandro Rosell reportedly met with Santos' vice-president last week in Madrid.

    Santos reportedly want €50 million for Neymar, but own only 55 percent of his rights, meaning a potential transfer could cost much more.

    Neymar, 21, has made 32 senior appearances for Brazil, scoring 20 times. 

Radamel Falcao

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    Per ESPN FC, Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic says Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao's move to the club is "90 percent" done.

    Monaco, owned by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, will reportedly pay more than £50 million for the transfer. Real Madrid are also interested, according to the report.

    "I will tell you what I have heard, and that is that Falcao is 90 percent at Monaco," Subasic said. "For sure, it is what they have told us, with only a small possibility that Monaco could only lose him if Real Madrid were to come in, but that is now unlikely."

    Falcao, 27, has scored 28 goals in 33 La Liga appearances this season. 

Chelsea to Spend?

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    According to the Daily MailChelsea will spend £100 million in the transfer market this summer, according to outgoing interim manager Rafa Benitez.

    Benitez, 53, led Chelsea to the Europa League title in his last match as Chelsea's caretaker manager. The Blues have been linked heavily with Jose Mourinho, per The Guardian, who previously managed the club from 2004 to 2007.

    Benitez said he did not know who will take over as Chelsea's manager but predicted a busy summer at Stamford Bridge.

    "What I am sure about is that next season Chelsea will be much better because they will spend £100m and they will sign three or four players," Benitez said. "The foundation is already there. The future is bright for them." 

Marc-Andre ter Stegen

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    According to ESPN FC, Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been preparing for a move to FC Barcelona, according to his teammate Alvaro Dominguez.

    Barcelona's current first-choice keeper is Victor Valdes, but Valdes has announced he will not remain with the club when his contract expires in 2014, per the Daily Mail. Ter Stegen, 21, is a candidate to replace him, according to 'Gladbach defender Dominguez.

    "Ter Stegen has been learning Spanish for months,” Dominguez said. “He would adapt to the Barca style. He has personality, quality, is good with both feet and starts moves from the back.” 

Roberto Martinez

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    Malaga want Roberto Martinez to replace manager Manuel Pellegrini, who is expected to join Manchester City this summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

    Martinez, 39, led Wigan to the FA Cup title last weekend, beating Manchester City in the final for the club's first major trophy in its 81-year history. The Latics, however, will be relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season.

    Martinez is also a candidate to replace David Moyes at Everton, according to the report. Moyes will succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, per BBC Sport

Quick Kicks

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    Manchester City plan to increase the seating capacity of their Etihad Stadium by 6,000 to 54,000, according to The Independent.

    Tottenham are close to a deal for Barcelona's David Villa, according to Spanish reports (via talkSPORT).

    Manager Antonio Conte has agreed to remain with Juventus for another season (La Gazzetta dello Sport via Football Italia).

    Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard says he would welcome a chance to work with Jose Mourinho (via Daily Express).

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers attended Tuesday's Premier League match between Arsenal and Wigan to watch Wigan's Callum McManaman and James McCarthy (via The Times, subscription required).

    Liverpool are preparing a £4 million bid for Sporting Lisbon defender Tiago Ilori, 20 (via Daily Mirror).

    Inter Milan are interested in Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin (via talkSPORT).

    Real Madrid could try to convince Bayern Munich's Jupp Heynckes, who is set to retire at the end of the season, to become their next manager (via talkSPORT). 

     

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