Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Cristiano Ronaldo, Thiago Silva, Wayne Rooney
Cristiano Ronaldo is apparently a man of two minds.
On one hand, the Portuguese superstar says he misses playing for Manchester United in the Premier League. On the other, he also says he enjoys life in Spain with Real Madrid.
So which is true? Ronaldo's comments lead this Wednesday edition of the B/R Summer Transfer Window Gossip roundup, and we'll let you decide for yourself.
Inside, we also have updates on Thiago Silva, Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale, Edinson Cavani and more. Keep reading for all the details.
Cristiano Ronaldo Misses England but Is Happy in Spain
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Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he misses playing in England, while also adding that he's "really, really happy" in Spain, per Goal.com.
Ronaldo, 28, joined Real from United in a world-record £80 million transfer in 2009. His contract has two years left, and he has not signed an extension. United are lining up a summer bid, per ESPN.
Ronaldo is quoted as saying:
I miss English football. For me, it was one of the best years in my career when I was there in Manchester United. Everyone knows that it is a club that is still in my heart and I really, really miss.
But now my life is in Spain. I am enjoying playing there too. Part of my life is there, but in the future we never know. I am really, really happy in the Spanish league.
Ronaldo scored 34 goals in 34 La Liga appearances last season, adding 12 in the UEFA Champions League.
Thiago Silva Bound for Barca?
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The agent of Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva has hinted that Silva would not turn down an approach from Barcelona.
Speaking to Spanish radio station SER (h/t ESPN), agent Paulo Tonietto said: “You can’t say no to Barcelona—we’re not stupid. [But] it’s not down to Thiago. It all depends on PSG.”
The ESPN story cites Sport.Es (in Spanish), which reports that Barcelona have made a €32 million bid for Silva. The Sun this week quoted Silva as saying Barcelona want to sign him, but Tonietto told RAC 1 (h/t Sky Sports) that Barcelona have not made contact.
Silva, 28, joined PSG from AC Milan last summer. The Brazil international made 22 league appearances last season.
Wayne Rooney Latest
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Wayne Rooney arrived at Old Trafford on Wednesday to discuss his future with manager David Moyes, per Sky Sports.
Rooney submitted a verbal transfer request in May after growing unhappy with his role in the squad, according to the report. Chelsea, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing him this summer. Rooney has not commented publicly about his future.
The Daily Mail is reporting that Chelsea will "step up" their interest in Rooney and Borussia Dortmund's Polish striker Robert Lewandowski.
Rooney, a 27-year-old England international forward, scored 12 goals in 27 league appearances last season.
Gareth Bale Latest
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The agent of Gareth Bale says Real Madrid have not made an offer to sign the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, per the Daily Mail.
Bale, 23, enjoyed a breakthrough 2012-13 campaign, earning FWA and PFA Player of the Year honors in the Premier League. The Welsh international could leave White Hart Lane for Real Madrid in an £85 million deal, according to The Sun.
Speaking to Marca TV, agent Jonathan Barnett said (per the Mail): "Bale has not said no, nor yes. There's no offer from Madrid; they have to talk between themselves and we will see what happens."
Edinson Cavani Latest
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Paris Saint-Germain will bid £50 million for Napoli's Uruguay international striker Edinson Cavani, according to The Guardian.
The report describes the potential bid as an effort to beat Real Madrid to Cavani's signature. The 26-year-old is under contract until 2017 and has a release clause of €63 million (about £53 million). According to The Telegraph, he would prefer a move to Real Madrid.
Napoli are holding out for the full release clause, per The Independent.
Cavani, 26, led Serie A with 29 goals last season. He scored three goals for Uruguay at the FIFA Confederations Cup in June.
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AC Milan have dismissed reports linking striker Stephan El Shaarawy with a summer transfer, per talkSPORT.
Chelsea have moved for Vitesse Arnhem midfielder Marco van Ginkel, who is valued around £8 million, per BBC Sport.
Italian striker Antonio Cassano (pictured) is close to joining Parma from Inter Milan in a deal that would send 21-year-old striker Ishak Belfodil in the other direction, per Sky Sports.
France international midfielder Clement Grenier has told Le Parisien (h/t Sky Sports) that Lyon have rejected Arsenal's bid to sign him.
Real Madrid and Chelsea will compete to sign Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic, per Metro.
Borussia Dortmund have entered the race to sign Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is thought to be a Liverpool target, per Goal.com.
AZ Alkmaar have rejected a bid from Sunderland to sign United States international striker Jozy Altidore, per The Shields Gazette.