Tuesday Kickoff: Lewandowski linked with Bayern, Ronaldo confident of beating Man United, and more

Tuesday Kickoff: Lewandowski linked with Bayern, Ronaldo confident of beating Man United, and more

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Tuesday Kickoff: Lewandowski linked with Bayern, Ronaldo confident of beating Man United, and more

BY DAN KARELL

Pep Guardiola has been rumored to have his eyes on a number of forwards to bring in for Bayern Munich next year, but according to Sky Sports Italia, a move for Borussia Dortmund target man Robert Lewandowski to Bayern Munich is as good as done.

The 24-year-old Polish international has been rumored for a move to English giants Manchester United, though nothing has ever materialized in him leaving German soil. Lewandowski’s contract with Dortmund is over in 2014, and after declining a contract extension, the German club may be willing to sell Lewandowski in the summer.

Lewandowski has been one of the best talents in Germany the last three years, and currently has 13 goals and four assists in 19 games in the Bundesliga.

Here are some other stories to get your Tuesday started:

RONALDO LOOKING FORWARD TO UNITED TIE

There are still eight days before Manchester United meet Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League, but Madrid midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo has fanned the flames ahead of the tie.

Giving the media plenty of food for thought, the Portuguese maestro has stated that his side are better than Manchester United, heaping more pressure on the same side that lost to Granada last Saturday. Ronaldo spent six seasons at Manchester United, who are currently top of the table in England, before moving to Real Madrid in July 2010.

Real Madrid hosts the first leg of the tie on Wednesday, February 13, and will travel to Old Trafford on March 5.

RIQUELME CLOSER TO BOCA RETURN

Last month, Argentine legend Juan Roman Riquelme emphatically stated that if he wasn’t returning to Boca Juniors, his boyhood club and favorite team, he would not be playing for anybody.

But after Boca’s recent defeats to arch-rival River Plate in the Superclasico de Verano, Riquelme has reportedly changed his mind, and is now willing to return to Boca, to play for his former manager Carlos Bianchi.

The former Barcelona and Villarreal player hasn’t played a competitive match since July 4, 2012, when Boca Juniors lost to Sao Paulo in the Copa Libertadores semi-finals, 3-1 on aggregate.

GAZZA HEADS TO AMERICA FOR HELP

Following a plea from Paul “Gazza” Gascoigne’s agent Terry Baker on Sunday that the former England international needed serious help with his alcohol addiction, two of the footballer’s friends have helped put him in a rehabilitation center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Ronnie Irani, a former Cricketer for England and Chris Evans, a broadcaster, teamed up to put Gascoigne on a plane to the United States, to hopefully help his alcohol problems once and for all. Recently, the former Tottenham and Lazio man had checked himself out of a detox center in England, paid for by the English FA.

Gascoigne, 45, earned 57 caps for the England national team between 1988 and 1998. He played for nine clubs in a 19 year career.

QUICK KICKS

Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini is an injury doubt for Everton’s trip to Manchester United. (REPORT)

Serie A cellar dwellers Palermo have sacked their second manager this season, after a 2-1 loss to Atalanta on Sunday. (REPORT)

European-based Carlo Costly and Jorge Claros have arrived in Honduras, and will train with the team in advance of Wednesday’s match against the United Stages. (REPORT)

League Championship club Nottingham Forest and has mutually terminated the contract of manager Alex McLeish after just 40 days in charge. (REPORT)

FC Nurnberg midfielder Almog Cohen is set for a six-month loan to his former club, Hapoel Tel Aviv, in Israel. (REPORT)

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What do you think of these reports? Do you see Lewandowski ending up at Bayern? Do you believe Ronaldo is correct that Real Madrid is better than Man United? Do you think Riquelme can still contribute for Boca?

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