Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Cesc Fabregas

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterAugust 1, 2013

Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Cesc Fabregas

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    Is the Gareth Bale summer transfer saga finally heading toward a conclusion? It certainly looks that way after Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti admitted the Spanish giants were speaking with Tottenham Hotspur.

    But while the future of the Wales international is now under discussion, the rest of the football transfer market is still underway.

    Who else is making waves in the transfer gossip columns? Read on to find out more.

Gareth Bale: Tottenham to Real Madrid?

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    Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that the La Liga club are in talks with Tottenham over the proposed transfer of Gareth Bale, as reported by BBC Sport.

    The Wales international has reportedly informed Tottenham and manager Andre Villas-Boas that he wished to speak with Real, according to Ben Smith of BBC Sport.

    Now Ancelotti, who is in Los Angeles with the Real team, "believes" both clubs are in discussions over a multimillion-pound deal for Bale, via BBC.

    However, the former Paris Saint-Germain coach insists former Spurs midfielder Luka Modric will not be leaving the Bernabeu as part of the transfer.

    "It is not true that Modric is going," said Ancelotti. "He is a very important player for us and he will be here this season." 

    David Hytner of The Guardian claims that Real Madrid midfielder Alvaro Morata could also act as a makeweight in the deal.

Luka Modric: Real Madrid to Arsenal?

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    Carlo Ancelotti might have insisted Luka Modric will not be leaving Real Madrid as part of the Gareth Bale deal, but Arsenal have also been credited with an interest in the midfielder, according to Gary Jones of the Daily Star.

    The Croatia international has been linked with Manchester United during this current transfer window, as Matt Hughes and James Ducker of The Times reported this week, and was mentioned as a possible makeweight in the move to take Bale to Spain, according to ESPN.

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger missed out on signing Gonzalo Higuain from Real last month when the striker chose to join Napoli, as The Telegraph reported. He's been rumored as targeting a number of other high-level stars, like Luis Suarez, but to this point it's been an uneventful transfer period.

    Any move for Modric seems likely to fail after Ancelotti's comments on his importance to the club, but with the current transfer window open for another month, there's time for plenty of new developments.

Cesc Fabregas: Barcelona to Manchester United?

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    Another long-running saga during this transfer window has been Manchester United's attempt to prise Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona.

    United manager David Moyes has seen two bids for the former Arsenal midfielder rejected, as Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star reported.

    But the Old Trafford boss is now preparing to make a third offer of £35 million for Fabregas, reports Adam Crafton of the Daily Mail.

    The £35 million bid would surpass United's club-record £30.75 million signing of Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham in 2008, claims Crafton.

Roberto Soldado: Valencia to Tottenham?

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    Tottenham might be in the news over the possible departure of Gareth Bale, but the North London club are on the verge of making their own piece of history.

    Declan Warrington of the Daily Mail reports that a club-record transfer fee of £26 million has been agreed upon with Valencia for striker Roberto Soldado.

    The article also states that the transfer has been delayed slightly due to agent fees, but "sources insist there is no threat of the transfer falling through."

    Spain international Soldado, 28, scored 24 league goals in 35 appearances for Valencia last season.

Darren Bent: Aston Villa to Fulham?

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    Fulham have made an increased offer of £6 million for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent, reports Paul Collins of the Daily Mail.

    However, the Craven Cottage side face stiff competition for the England international from Newcastle United, per the report.

    Bent, 29, joined Villa from Sunderland in January 2011 for £24 million and has scored 21 times in the Premier League for the Villa Park side.

    However, Bent remained sidelined by Villa manager Paul Lambert last season, with Christian Benteke taking the lead striking role.