Summer Transfer Gossip: Gareth Bale's Mum, Luka Modric, Chicharito
Gareth Bale again dominates the transfer chatter in the media as he agonises over his Tottenham future.
Manchester United boss David Moyes has called for patience from the club’s fans as he continues his transfer work. He could be very busy in the days ahead.
There are a host of United links, and we have them covered in this Tuesday edition of the B/R Summer Transfer Window Gossip roundup.
Gareth Bale's Mum Enters the Fray
A player will have a checklist to work through when he is in need of advice: his mates, his agent, his manager, Dave the barman at the Coach & Horses. Eventually he will get to the only person that matters: his mum.
That would appear to be the case with Gareth Bale, who, according to Pat Sheehan in The Sun, has sought out his mum as he agonises over his future at Tottenham.
We've had conflicting reports in the British media as to Tottenham's stance. The Mirror said chairman Daniel Levy had no intention of negotiating, while the Daily Mail made the claim that Levy had interrupted a family holiday to fly back to London for talks with Bale.
Tuesday's edition of The Sun stated talks took place between player and club on Monday, and it added that "an onlooker was stunned to see see the player’s parents also walk into the meeting."
“I couldn’t believe it when the Bales arrived at the training ground," said the source. "God knows what they said to Mr Levy."
The report, which also said that the bid from Real could rise to £95 million, states that the Spaniards are ready to include Angel Di Maria and Fabio Coentrao as makeweights in any deal.
Valencia Hunting Chicharito
There's been plenty of talk about a Manchester United striker by the name of Wayne Rooney, but not so much about one called Chicharito.
That could be about to change as the Mirror's John Cross makes the exclusive claim that Valencia are targeting Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez.
Valencia striker Roberto Soldado is a target for Tottenham, reports the Express. In preparation for his exit, Cross claims the La Liga club have placed Hernandez atop their list of targets.
Moyes Turns to Modric?
Manchester United have battled hard to get their hands on Cesc Fabregas, but Barcelona have rebuffed them repeatedly.
The Times’ Matt Hughes and James Ducker feel David Moyes has got the hint. They are reporting (subscription) that the Red Devils have turned their attention to Real Madrid's Luka Modric.
This further outlines Moyes' desire to bring in a creative midfield force.
Modric joined Real in the summer of 2012 but failed to secure a regular start, despite chipping in with some key goals and assists—most notably, his 25-yard strike against United in the Champions League after climbing off the bench to help his side reach the quarter-finals.
Hughes and Ducker claim Real view Modric as an “important squad player” and that United are hopeful the Spanish giants will be willing to negotiate.
Crunch Time for Nani
The Portugal international struggled for game time last term. According to Soccerbase, he made only 21 appearances for his club in the 2012-13 season, scoring three goals.
The appointment of Moyes as successor to the retired Sir Alex Ferguson raised the prospect of a fresh start at Old Trafford for Nani.
However, the player has only one year remaining on his contract and is attracting attention from Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain. With the prospect of a move to sides threatening to make a huge impact in Europe in the seasons ahead, Sweet claims Nani wants talks with Moyes.
Sweet quotes a source close to Nani as saying: “He is undecided. Nani wants a meeting with Moyes and will then make a final choice about what to do.”
Nani did his cause no harm on Monday evening by scoring twice as a Manchester United XI beat Crewe 2-0.
Bits and Pieces: Bendtner, Ilori, Kalou, Gomis
Former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou could be heading back to the Premier League, as the Daily Mail’s David Kent says West Ham have shown an interest in the Ivorian who revived his career last term with French side Lille.
Newcastle have yet to add to their squad this summer and are ready to leave it late as they negotiate with Lyon for striker Bafetimbi Gomis, says the Daily Star’s Jason Mellor.
Nicklas Bendtner could be on his way out of Arsenal for a Spanish adventure, as The Times claims (subscription) the Gunners are in talks with Malaga about offloading the Dane, who spent last season on loan at Juventus. The report states the Spaniards have offered Jesus Gamez as part of a deal.