Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Robert Lewandowski, Isco, Gareth Bale, David Luiz
Robert Lewandowski is probably going nowhere, Isco is almost certainly going somewhere and Gareth Bale and his manager could be heading to a new club together.
That's the latest word in this Monday edition of the B/R Summer Transfer Window Gossip roundup. Inside, we have updates on all those stories, along with news on David Luiz, Laurent Koscielny and more.
Keep reading for all the details.
Robert Lewandowski to Stay with Borussia Dortmund?
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Robert Lewandowski will remain with Borussia Dortmund for the coming season, according to quotes attributed to club general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke in German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung.
The Guardian has reprinted the comments in English. "Robert will definitely be playing for Borussia Dortmund next season," Watzke said. "We need this security to be able to plan (for the season)."
Lewandowski, a 24-year-old Poland international striker, had been linked with a move away from BVB this summer. In May, the player's agent hinted that he would leave the club in the summer, with rivals Bayern Munich widely regarded as his most likely destination.
Lewandowski's contract with Dortmund expires in 2014, according to The Guardian's report. That means he would be able to leave Dortmund on a free transfer at the end of next season.
Lewandowski scored 24 goals in 31 Bundesliga appearances last season, adding 10 more in the UEFA Champions League.
Isco to Decide Between Manchester City and Real Madrid
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Malaga and Spain attacking midfielder Isco has told Diario AS that he has "offers on the table" from Real Madrid and Manchester City.
In an interview with the newspaper, Isco discussed the European Under-21 Championship, his international teammates and his club future. Speaking about the two offers he has received to leave Malaga, Isco said:
Well, I have two offers on the table. I hope to make my decision soon although right now, I am still under contract with Málaga. I know that both Manchester City and Real Madrid are two great clubs. I just want the best outcome for me and for Málaga.
Isco also said former Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini would be a factor in his decision. Pellegrini took over as Manchester City's new manager last week.
Isco, 21, scored nine goals in 37 La Liga appearances last season with Malaga. He has scored twice in the Euro Under-21 Championship, with Spain set to play Italy in Tuesday's final.
PSG Trying to Lure Gareth Bale and Andre Villas-Boas?
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Paris Saint-Germain will place a world-record £85 million bid for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Gareth Bale in order to lure Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas to France as well, according to the Daily Mirror.
Bale, 23, scored 21 goals in 33 Premier League appearances last season, earning FWA and PFA Player of the Year honors in the process. In May, the London Evening Standard reported that he was set to sign a new contract with Spurs worth £130,000 per week.
Villas-Boas, 35, led Tottenham to fifth place last season, his first with the club. His contract has two years left and a £10 million buyout, according to the Mirror.
Current PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti is set to join Real Madrid as early as Monday, according to the report.
David Luiz Asking About PSG?
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Chelsea defender David Luiz has told TF1, as cited by ESPN, that he has asked his Brazilian teammates about Paris Saint-Germain.
Luiz, a 26-year-old center-back and defensive midfielder, has been linked with a move away from Chelsea this summer. Rated at £25 million, he is a target for PSG, according to the Daily Mirror.
Luiz is currently on international duty with Brazil at the FIFA Confederations Cup. His teammates Thiago Silva and Lucas Moura play for PSG.
I speak about Paris Saint-Germain and its project with my Brazilian team-mates. The club has done some good work in Ligue 1, and there are some very good players such as Lucas Moura, Thiago Motta, Maxwell, Thiago Silva.
Barcelona Interested in Laurent Koscielny?
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Barcelona are interested in a €15 million move for Arsenal's French center-back Laurent Koscielny, according to Marca.
Koscielny, 27, made 25 appearances last season for Arsenal in the Premier League, becoming one half of the Gunners' first-choice central defensive pairing. Barcelona previously had been interested in Thiago Silva, Vincent Kompany and David Luiz, according to the report.
Barcelona have contacted Arsenal about Koscielny's availability, according to the report.
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Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has told Sky Sports that Tottenham Hotspur "are really interested" in Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarin (pictured).
Arsenal want to sign winger Nani from Manchester United, according to Metro. Nani has a year left on his contract.
Portuguese forward Bebe told Potruguese newspaper Correio da Manha he is ready to leave Manchester United and is interested in Sporting Lisbon (via Goal.com).
Juventus are "closest" to signing forward Domenico Berardi from Sassuolo, according to a Tuttosport report cited by Football Italia.