World Football Summer Transfer Window Gossip

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterJune 10, 2013

World Football Summer Transfer Window Gossip

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    Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski features highly in transfer speculation stories, but why have Manchester United been credited with renewed interest in the 24-year-old?

    New Napoli manager Rafael Benitez could be set to do business with former club Chelsea and Jose Mourinho, but who is the subject of the negotiations?

    Mourinho, meanwhile, has been disappointed in his hopes of landing one of his former Real Madrid players. Elsewhere, according to reports, Arsenal are facing competition from a major European name for one of their transfer targets.

    And who is the latest name to be linked with the new era at Old Trafford under David Moyes? Read on to find out more.

Robert Lewandowski

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    Lewandowski had appeared to be following Mario Gotze to Bayern Munich when outgoing Allianz Arena coach Jupp Heynckes revealed the Poland international would soon join the Bundesliga champions, as ESPN reported.

    However, Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke insisted in an interview with German newspaper Bild that the forward will not be joining Bayern this summer, as Luke Edwards of the Daily Telegraph reported.

    Manchester United were linked with a move for Lewandowski earlier this season, as John Edwards of the Daily Mail reported in April.

    And now Old Trafford manager David Moyes has been credited with renewed interest in the 25-year-old in the wake of Watzke's words along with Chelsea and Arsenal, as Simon Rice of The Independent highlighted. 

Gonzalo Higuain

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    Arsenal are facing stiff competition from Juventus in the race for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, according to a report by Shaun Custis in The Sun.

    The Gunners have been linked with a move for the Argentina international as part of a big summer spending spree by manager Arsene Wenger, as Custis reported in the same newspaper at the weekend.

    But Juventus are determined not to let the 25-year-old move to the Premier League without a fight and The Sun reports that Real president Florentino Perez met with his Juventus counterpart Andrea Agnelli recently at the Bernabeu.

    The future of Higuain will ultimately depend on the identity of the new Real manager following the departure of Jose Mourinho, with Carlo Ancelotti likely to replace the new Chelsea boss, as The Guardian reported. 

Fernando Torres

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    Chelsea striker Fernando Torres could be on his way to join Rafael Benitez at Napoli as the makeweight in a deal for Edinson Cavani, reports Tony Banks of the Daily Express.

    The Spain international has failed to hit the heights of his time at Liverpool since moving to Stamford Bridge for £50 million in January 2011.

    However, after bringing Torres to the Premier League from Atletico Madrid in July 2007, Benitez could now offer the 29-year-old the chance to resurrect his career in Serie A next season.

    Cavani says he would be happy to play under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea or Manuel Pellegrini if he takes over at Manchester City, as Sky Sports reported, paving the way for the West London club to make their move for the Uruguay international.

Luka Modric

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    One man who will not be playing at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho next season will be Luka Modric, as Andrew Dillon of The Sun has reported.

    The Croatia international joined Real Madrid and Mourinho for £30 million last year, but has not made a significant impact on the first team at the Bernabeu.

    However, according to a report by Rob Beasley in The Sun, the returning Chelsea manager targeted Modric for a move to Stamford Bridge.

    But the 27-year-old insists he wants to stay with the La Liga giants and make his mark under the new manager who replaces Mourinho at the club. 

Nampalys Mendy

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    Manchester United manager David Moyes is looking to make AS Monaco midfielder Nampalys Mendy his next signing at the club, according to Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.

    The 20-year-old played a starring role for Claudio Ranieri's team as they were promoted back to Ligue 1 this season.

    The former Chelsea manager has likened Mendy to Claude Makelele, but has been left disappointed by the player's decision to leave the club.