Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Carlos Tevez
Cristiano Ronaldo once again provides the lead story for this Thursday edition of the B/R Summer Transfer Window Gossip roundup.
This time, though, his oft-rumored return to Manchester United is not the subject. Instead, his boss seems to think Ronnie will remain with Real Madrid long enough to retire.
In addition to that story, today we also have updates on Gareth Bale, Carlos Tevez, Hulk and more. Keep reading for all the details.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has told radio show El Primer Toque that he thinks Cristiano Ronaldo will retire with the club. ESPN translated the interview and cited it in a report here.
Ronaldo, 28, joined Real Madrid from Manchester United for a world-record £80 million in 2009. The Portuguese superstar has been linked with a summer transfer, with The Sun reporting that United have intensified their efforts to re-sign him.
Perez, however, said negotiations over a new contract will begin soon. Ronaldo's current deal expires in 2015.
"My opinion is that Cristiano will retire at Real Madrid," said Perez. "That is his dream, and the club’s too. Some people think that negotiations are done in the newspapers."
Ronaldo scored 34 goals in 34 La Liga appearances this past season. He had 12 goals in 12 Champions League matches.
Perez also said defender Pepe is not for sale. Manchester City are interested in the defender, per the Daily Mirror.
Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has told talkSPORT that Gareth Bale will not leave the club this summer.
Real Madrid are thought to be interested in Bale, a 23-year-old Welsh international midfielder. Metro has reported that Real are willing to pay up to £100 million for his transfer.
“He’s not an over-ambitious lad," Redknapp said of Bale. "He wants to be successful obviously but he’s not someone I can see moving to Real Madrid at this stage in his life."
He’s very happy at Tottenham and I can see him staying for at least another year. Eventually he’ll feel it’s time to give it a go abroad, somewhere like Barcelona or Real Madrid, because he is capable of playing anywhere.
Bale scored 21 goals in 33 Premier League appearances this past season, earning PFA and FWA Footballer of the Year honors in the process.
Juventus will try to sign Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez if they are unable to sign Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina, according to the Daily Mail.
Tevez, 29, joined City in 2009 from Manchester United and scored 11 goals in 34 Premier League appearances this past season. He has one year left on his contract.
Jovetic, 23, is valued at £30 million and also wanted by Chelsea and Arsenal, according to the report.
Hulk is a £35 million transfer target for Chelsea, according to the Daily Mirror.
Hulk, a 26-year-old Brazil international winger, scored seven goals in 18 Russia Premier League appearances, according to WhoScored.
Chelsea were interested in Hulk last summer, according to the report, but lost out to Zenit St. Petersburg. At Zenit, Hulk reportedly fell out with coach Luciano Spalletti and caused discord in the dressing room with his high wages.
Kaka, 31, played for Milan from 2003 to 2009 before joining Real Madrid. The Brazilian midfielder was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 2007.
"Kaka has very high wages and is now 31, so I can rule out any move to Milan," Galliani said.
Kaka made 19 league appearances for Real Madrid this past season, scoring three goals.
French midfielder Yoann Gourcuff (pictured) says he is open to a move away from Lyon, according to an interview with Ouest France cited by ESPN.
England forward Wayne Rooney, who previously submitted a transfer request, is set to stay with Manchester United, according to the Daily Star.
Arsenal have freed up about £10 million in their annual wage bill, according to The Telegraph, by allowing Andrey Arshavin, Denilson and Sebastien Squillaci to leave for free this summer following the expiration of their contracts.
Striker Mario Gomez's agent has told Kicker the striker will leave Bayern Munich this summer, as cited by Goal.com.