EPL Transfer Rumours: Gareth Bale, David Luiz and Stars Who Could Be on Move
Although fans usually want to see transfer activity completed as soon as possible, there are a few major moves that could occur late in the summer.
Through almost the first month of the transfer window being open, Premier League clubs have been relatively quiet. While there has been plenty of rumours and speculation, few impact players have actually changed clubs.
However, this will almost certainly change in the coming weeks as squads try to make big changes before the start of the season.
While rumours do not always lead to transactions, keep an eye out for these players due to the latest buzz surrounding the league.
Gareth Bale, Tottenham
It makes sense that Gareth Bale has become the most sought-after player in the league. The 24-year-old midfielder scored 21 goals last season and was named the EPL's Player of the Year.
As a result, Real Madrid are willing to pay a lot of money for his services, according to SportsCenter:
Real Madrid have made a 100 million euro ($132 million) bid for Tottenham winger Gareth Bale, according to ESPN & media reports.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 28, 2013
Despite this offer, Tottenham are still unwilling to allow their best player to leave. According to David Hytner of the Guardian, chairman Daniel Levy will not even consider the massive offer, which has caused some friction with the player:
The situation has got under Bale's skin and it is threatening to turn ugly. He has had a glute muscle problem, which has restricted him in pre-season, but it has come to feel slightly convenient as he has been in no frame of mind to play.
The report states that Bale could start to force a transfer if he is not allowed to go freely. Based on what we have seen, that is exactly what might have to happen.
It makes sense that the Premier League squad does not want to sell Bale. He helped the club finish in fifth place, one point away from qualifying for Champions League play. If he remains, they can reach that goal with a top-four spot this season.
Unfortunately, the chances of him staying seem bleaker by the day.
David Luiz, Chelsea
While Bale might be the highest profile considering a move out of England, he is certainly not the only one being suited by the top clubs in Europe.
According to Jack De Menezes of the Independent, David Luiz is wanted by the defending European champions:
Bayern’s new manager Pep Guardiola is a fan of the Brazilian defender’s, and he was interested in bringing him to the Nou Camp during his reign as Barcelona boss.
[He] could cost Bayern in excess of £40m, which could fend off the Champions League winners from making a move.
It is unknown if Bayern Munich are willing to spend that much for the centre-back and defensive midfielder. However, he certainly will not be sold for cheap.
Wayne Veysey of Goal.com reported that Barcelona were also set to make a bid in the amount of £25 million.
These squads represent two of the biggest clubs in the world, and a bidding war between the two could end up being very good for Chelsea. Considering that both are desperate to improve their back line, there is no telling how high a bid could go.
That being said, manager Jose Mourinho remains firm in his statement that Luiz is not going anywhere, according to Simon Johnson of the Evening Standard.
Still, this is a common statement made by managers just before a player is sold. He might not want to see the 26-year-old go anywhere, but either Bayern or Barcelona have the opportunity to make an offer that cannot be refused.
Marouane Fellaini, Everton
One other player being targeted is Marouane Fellaini, according to Paul Clennam of Goal.com:
The Premier League champions are considering a move to trigger the Everton star's £22 million release clause, with Fabregas looking increasingly likely to remain a Camp Nou player ahead of talks with coach Gerardo Martino on Monday.
Fellaini, who was seen dining at Rio Ferdinand's Rosso restaurant in Manchester over the weekend, will see his release clause increase on August 1 and, as such, United are quickly readying an offer.
This is not a lot of time for Manchester United to act, but it will be important to beat this deadline before his fee jumps to an unreasonable number.
Moyes is familiar with Fellaini's ability after managing him last year at Everton. The midfielder would strengthen the biggest position of weakness for the squad, and he could provide a solid defensive presence in the middle of the field.
Additionally, his skill in the air will provide United with yet another way to score goals as they look to repeat as league champions.
Although this is not the splash that many fans were hoping for this offseason, Fellaini would be a useful addition to the club. It is up to the management to make sure a deal is completed before the end of the month.
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