Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Isco, Edinson Cavani, Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterJune 25, 2013

Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Isco, Edinson Cavani, Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale

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    As the world football rumor mill rolls on, the coaching carousel continues to turn as well.

    Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain both have new managers, with Carlo Ancelotti and Laurent Blanc signing on respectively. But does either hire mean anything for this Tuesday edition of the B/R Summer Transfer Window Gossip roundup?

    Find out inside, where we have news on Isco, Edinson Cavani, Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale and more.

Carlo Ancelotti, Laurent Blanc

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    Real Madrid have appointed Carlo Ancelotti as manager, per (in Spanish). Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain have hired Laurent Blanc to replace Ancelotti, per

    Ancelotti, 54, replaces Jose Mourinho, who left Real at the end of the season and has since rejoined Chelsea. Ancelotti, who led PSG to the French title last season, has signed a three-year contract, per CNN.

    Blanc, 47, was a World Cup winner and European champion as a player with France. He has previously managed Bordeaux and the French national team. He will be PSG coach for the next two years, according to the club's press release.


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    With the hiring of Carlo Ancelotti confirmed, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has also hinted that the club will soon complete a deal to sign attacking midfielder Isco from Malaga.

    Speaking to Spanish paper 20 Minutos (h/t ESPN), Perez is quoted as saying: "He wants to be a Real Madrid player and Madrid want him."

    Manchester City are also interested in Isco, per The Guardian, but Isco has been quoted as saying he is "excited" by Real. Former Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini joined Manchester City earlier this month.

    Isco, 21, scored nine goals in 37 league appearances last season for Malaga. He joined Malaga from Valencia in 2011.

Edinson Cavani

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    Chelsea have reached a deal to sign Napoli striker Edinson Cavani for about €58 million, according to Napoli radio station Radio Marte (h/t Daily Telegraph).

    According to the report, Cavani would earn €8.5 million per season plus image rights at Chelsea. Manchester City also showed interest, though Cavani prefers a move to Real Madrid, according to the Telegraph.

    Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror is reporting that Manchester United have made a record £50 million move for Cavani.

    Cavani, 26, led Serie A with 29 goals in 34 appearances last season. The Uruguay international joined Napoli from Palermo in 2010.

Wayne Rooney

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    Barcelona are considering a move for Manchester United's England international forward Wayne Rooney, according to The Sun.

    Rooney, 27, will reportedly hold "showdown talks" with new United manager David Moyes this week after asking for a transfer near the end of last season. Barcelona officials are watching the situation and could make a move if United want to sell.

    The Sun quotes a source as saying:

    Rooney is precisely the type of attacker that would fit perfectly into the system. Defence starts from the front at Barca and Rooney works harder than anyone. His first touch, movement, control and vision are phenomenal and if he comes on the market then the club are certain to try to sign him.

    Rooney scored 12 goals with 10 assists last season in 27 Premier League appearances. He joined United from Everton in 2004.

Gareth Bale

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    Welsh midfielder Gareth Bale will use a "nice guy" strategy to secure his "dream move" from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid this summer, according to Spanish newspaper Marca (via Metro).

    Bale, 23, won PFA and FWA Player of the Year honors last season in the Premier League after scoring 21 goals and leading Spurs to fifth place.

    The Sun previously linked Bale with an £85 million move to Real.

Quick Kicks

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    Chelsea have completed the signing of forward Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen, per

    In an interview on the club's television channel (h/t ESPN), Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido has hinted that Spain international striker Alvaro Negredo will leave Andalusia this summer.

    Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, a Liverpool target, has not reported for training with Shakhtar Donetsk, per the Daily Mirror.

    Liverpool could renew their interest in Dutch winger Eljero Elia, per talkSPORT.

    Arsenal are willing to pay Le Havre £2.5 million for 18-year-old left-back Benjamin Mendy, according to the Daily Mirror.

    Meanwhile, the Gunners want to offload center-back Johan Djourou this summer, with Hamburg and Hanover interested, according to The Guardian.

    AC Milan have denied rumors linking midfielder Riccardo Montolivo (pictured) with a move to Sevilla, per Sky Sports. On Monday the club announced Montolivo, 28, had been named captain after one season with the club, per the Associated Press.