By DAN KARELL
Early Friday morning, rumors began spreading at first across Europe, and next, the world, about the future of Colombian forward Radamel Falcao.
Falcao was acquired this summer by big-spending Ligue 1 side AS Monaco for upwards of €60 million, reportedly, but the rumors were saying that tax disagreements between the club and France’s league governing body meant that Falcao was set for a quick exit.
Monaco have now quashed any rumors of such a departure, posting on their official Twitter feed that Falcao has a five-year contract and will remain a Monaco player. It’s not the first time that the 27-year-old has been the subject of wild rumors. Last month there were rumors that he was actually two years older than he said, though the club and player both denied those stories.
In Monaco’s first match of the season, Falcao scored for the club in a 2-0 victory.
Here are some more stories to catch you up around the world:
KHEDIRA STAYING AT REAL MADRID
Sami Khedira apparently isn’t bound for Paris like many though earlier in the week.
According to the Real Madrid midfielder’s agent, Jörg Neubauer, Khedira is staying at Real Madrid, at least for the coming season. The statements came in response to reports that the agent himself was offering the German international to Paris Saint-Germain. Despite signing Edinson Cavani, the French club are still interested in adding to their squad as they look to build of last season’s domestic title and fight for a European crown.
Khedira is reportedly under contract at the Bernabeu through 2015, and took part in the club’s two-week tour of the USA in August.
AS ONE FORWARD LEAVES, ANOTHER ENTERS RIVER PLATE
River Plate’s busy transfer summer hasn’t been completed just because the fall championship has begun in Argentina.
After a number of days of negotiations between Benfica and River, the Portuguese side are reportedly nearing the signing of former Sueño MLS winner Rogelio Funes Mori. Reports in Argentina claim that as of Friday, the once capped Argentine international is currently en route to Lisbon, where complete his medical and sign a contract.
At the same time, River just got word from the Argentine Football Association that the transfer of Teofilo Gutierrez from Cruz Azul in Mexico to the Buenos Aires club had been approved, meaning that the Colombian forward is available to debut for La Banda this weekend against Godoy Cruz.
Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc confirmed that defender Mamadou Sakho has submitted a transfer request and Blanc says that the club will look for a solution. (REPORT)
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly stated that he will try to sign Samuel Eto’o if his final bid for Wayne Rooney is rejected. (REPORT)
The Court of Arbitration for Sport has rejected the appeal from Metalist Kharkiv over their dismissal from European competitions this season due to allegations of match-fixing. (REPORT)
Big spending Napoli are closing in on yet another signing this summer, as they could have a bid of €13 million accepted by Cagliari for Italy center back Davide Astori. (REPORT)
What do you think of these reports? Do you see Falcao remaining at Monaco for the length of his contract? Do you believe Khedira’s agent? Do you see Funes Mori playing well for Benfica?
Share your thoughts below.