The English Premier League transfer scene heats up this week, as several big names remain up for grabs. Gonzalo Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Gareth Bale are just a few of many world-class players whose futures remain uncertain. Where will they end up?
Let’s take a look at the latest rumors.
Andre Villa-Boas is confident Bale will remain at Tottenham.
AVB confident Bale will stay at Spurs. http://t.co/c0Xb4n7SVo— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 25, 2013
Marca, however, begs to differ, reporting that Bale is likely to force the issue and that he will soon sign for Los Blancos.
One must take news from Marca with a massive pinch of salt, however. The Spanish paper is heavily associated with reporting the activities of Real, and could indeed be offering false hope in the attempt to sign Bale. In the article above, no evidence is given about why Bale is dissatisfied at Spurs.
On the contrary, in a report by the Daily Mail, Bale was quoted as saying he is quite happy being managed by Villas-Boas.
He has helped me in all aspects of my game. In training we have been working on things that I can do in games and in games he has given me the confidence to do what I want and do what I do best, which is a massive thing for a player.
This manager-player relationship might prove key in the outcome of Bale's transfer speculation.
But, if Bale's intent is indeed away from White Hart Lane, Real are ready to spend the cash. According to the Daily Mirror, 85 million pounds has already been set aside to sign the Welsh International.
Besides possibly losing their star striker, Spurs also threaten to be thwarted in their efforts to sign Brazilian midfielder Paulinho. The Daily Mirror reports that Chelsea have stepped up the chase for Paulinho, despite Corinthians having agreed with Spurs on a 15 million pound deal.
As Paulinho continues to inspire in the Confederations Cup, Chelsea may not be the last big club to look to sign the 24-year-old. As he goes up in value, speculation will surely continue circulate for a while yet.
In a previous article, I noted Chelsea had the best chance at signing Edinson Cavani. However, the Uruguayan International, who has been increasingly linked to Real Madrid and Manchester City, has a new suitor in England.
Paper Chase: Manchester United joins hunt for Cavani. http://t.co/J8QiCaC6PE
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 25, 2013
The Daily Mirror estimates United have offered 50 million pounds as part of the deal.
With United looking for a new striker, this then brings in the question of Wayne Rooney's fate at the club.
The Daily Mail reports that Rooney could be headed for Arsenal. The London club seems finally ready to spend big, offering 20 million pounds for the striker. But, according to The Sun, Arsenal's thirst to sign a striker has already been sated after 22 million pounds was offered for Real striker Higuain. The Higuain deal is already proceeding along nicely, according to the Spanish striker's dad.
“Nothing has yet been signed but I assure you the negotiations between the clubs are at an advanced stage," Jorge Higuain said, in quotes given to The Sun.
Because of wages, Football Talk believes Rooney would rather move to Chelsea anyway. He'll most likely be disappointed with this, however. The Blues and Mourinho seem more keen on Cavani.
But that's not to say Rooney's fate remains in England. According to the Daily Star, United is prepared to swap Rooney with Cristiano Ronaldo in a deal worth 90 million pounds. Let's keep in mind, however, that the Daily Star is not particularly known for its reliability.
Despite this, it is true to say Ronaldo may not be entirely happy at Real Madrid after this season's disappointment. Real president Fiorentino Perez has admitted this, as the Daily Mail reports. That's not to say the winger is on the move, however.
Florentino Perez is adamant that Cristiano Ronaldo is not for sale and has backed him to retire at Real Madrid. http://t.co/rU9kf3VYxt— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) June 25, 2013
Rooney might follow suit. According to Simon Mullock of the Daily Mirror, Rooney is ready to tell United's new manager David Moyes that he wants to stay. Ultimately, however, it will be Moyes' decision on whether or not the striker should stay.
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