World Football Gossip Roundup: Roberto Mancini, Arsenal, Napoli and a Pig's Head

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterMay 18, 2013

World Football Gossip Roundup: Roberto Mancini, Arsenal, Napoli and a Pig's Head

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    Roberto Mancini has used an unusual outlet to voice his gratitude to the Manchester City supporters following his sacking as manager this week.

    City fans may also be saying goodbye to a star striker very soon, but who is it and where will he be going?

    There could be significant change at Napoli in the very near future, while Arsene Wenger has confirmed that one young player is close to joining his Arsenal team next season.

    And why have some players' banter gone a little too far at Stoke City?

    Read on to find out more.

Roberto Mancini

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    Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has thanked the club's fans for their support by taking out a full-page advertisement in a local newspaper.

    The former Inter Milan boss was sacked on Monday night after City lost the FA Cup final to Wigan Athletic and surrendered their Premier League title to Manchester United this season.

    However, Mancini's name was regularly sung by City supporters throughout the campaign after the Italian guided the club to the league championship in 2012, the 2011 FA Cup and three successive Champions League qualifications.

    Unlike Sir Alex Ferguson at rivals Manchester United, Mancini was unable to say farewell to the fans and instead used an advert in the Manchester Evening News to thank them.

Carlos Tevez

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    Mancini is unlikely to be the only high-profile departure from Manchester City this summer. Striker Carlos Tevez is also on the verge of a move, according to reports.

    The Argentine international, whose City contract ends in 2014, has reportedly rejected a move to Monaco and is instead looking toward a move to Juventus.

    Former Manchester United and West Ham forward Tevez, 29, had been strongly linked with Claudio Ranieri's team in France (L'Equipe via ESPN).

    But the forward's agent Adrian Rouco is now in Italy for discussions with the Serie A champions, claims La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Football Italia).


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    Is the managerial merry-go-round about to swing into full effect at Napoli?

    Current Partenopei head coach Walter Mazzarri has already signed a contract with Inter Milan, according to a report in Italy (via Football Italia).

    Mazzarri would replace Andrea Stramaccioni at the San Siro Stadium, but a surprise name has been linked with Napoli as a result.

    Outgoing Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes could be on his way to Stadio San Paolo, according to Tuttosport (via Football Italia).

    Heynckes will step down from his post after the German Cup final on June 1, with Pep Guardiola succeeding the former West Germany international.


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    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that the club is close to completing the transfer of Yaya Sanogo from Auxerre.

    The 20-year-old France Under-21 international is out of contract at the French club, but the Gunners would still be required to make a payment under the Bosman ruling, according to The Guardian.

    But Wenger refused to be drawn on whether Sanogo will be joined by Wayne Rooney at the Emirates Stadium this summer.

    The Manchester United striker has asked for a move from Old Trafford, alerting a number of high-profile clubs to a possible move for the England international.

Stoke City

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    Pranksters in a football dressing room are nothing new with former England international Paul Gascoigne, who's among the leading exponents of the "art." But a joke among the Stoke City players has taken on a distinctly unpleasant air.

    Retiring striker Michael Owen saw his car pelted with flour and eggs before he left the club's training ground on Friday (via Daily Mail), but some players decided a joke involving a pig's head would be great fun.

    Sadly, Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones has failed to see the funny side after he found the head in his locker. As the Daily Telegraph reported, the former Sunderland man took out his revenge on the supposed perpetrator, teammate Glenn Whelan, by smashing the windscreen of his car.

    The club has now launched an investigation into the incident ahead of the final Premier League game of the season at Southampton on Sunday.