Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterAugust 3, 2013

Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez

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    The wheels of the transfer rumour mill continue to spin wildly, and some familiar names are now joined by new players to be added to the merry-go-round.

    The futures of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo are, inevitably, intertwined again, while another Premier League striker features as a target for Real Madrid.

    But who else is featured in the transfer speculation? Read on to find out more.

Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez to Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester Utd

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    Real Madrid's proposed world-record bid for Gareth Bale remains ongoing, but David Woods and Duncan Wright of the Daily Star have reported that the move for the Tottenham star will set in place a major chain reaction.

    Bale is set to be joined by Liverpool striker Luis Suarez in Real's chase for new talent, according to the report, which, in turn, will open the door for Manchester United to make their move for Ronaldo.

    Wales international Bale believes his transfer to the Bernabeu is to be completed by Tuesday, according to the report, while Liverpool are expecting a bid for their Uruguayan forward from the La Liga club imminently.

    Consequently, United will continue their pursuit of former Old Trafford star Ronaldo when the deals for Bale and Suarez have gone through, according to Woods and Wright.

    The domino effect of the Bale deal could now be the truly interesting issue in the coming weeks.

Jermain Defoe, Tottenham to Queens Park Rangers

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    Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is set to be reunited with former manager Harry Redknapp, according to Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror.

    Queens Park Rangers boss Redknapp worked with the England international at White Hart Lane and views the forward as the man to spearhead his team's attempt to make an immediate return to the Premier League, according to the report.

    Defoe has two years left on his current deal at Spurs, and scored 15 goals last season despite struggling with injury in the second half of the campaign.

    But Redknapp could face competition for the 30-year-old from new Stoke City manager Mark Hughes, adds Lewis in his article.

Bafetimbi Gomis and Loic Remy, Lyon and QPR to Newcastle

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    Newcastle United are poised to complete a double French swoop with the signings of Bafetimbi Gomis and Loic Remy, according to Jason Mellor of the Daily Mirror.

    Remy, who joined Queens Park Rangers from Olympique de Marseille in January, was a target for the Magpies before he joined the West London club, according to the report.

    QPR and Newcastle have agreed to a season-long loan deal for the France international with a view to a permanent move next year, according to the report.

    Newcastle have also agreed to a £7 million deal plus add-ons with Lyon to bring Gomis to Tyneside, according to Mellor.

Ashley Williams, Swansea to Arsenal

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    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may turn his attention to Swansea City defender Ashley Williams to ease his injury concerns ahead of the new Premier League season, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    With Thomas Vermaelen and Nacho Monreal facing a race against time to be fit for the opening game against Aston Villa, Wenger is looking to the Liberty Stadium captain as a possible defensive reinforcement, per the report.

    According to Cross, the Gunners were put off by an initial £10 million price tag for the 28-year-old, but Swansea will, reportedly, consider an £8.5 million offer from a major club.

    Vermaelen will be out for six weeks with a back injury, reports Jim Daly of the Daily Mirror, although Monreal may return from a similar problem ahead of schedule.

Cesc Fabregas, Barcelona to Manchester United

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    Well, we couldn't really do a transfer gossip roundup without Cesc Fabregas and the long-running saga of his proposed move to Manchester United, could we?

    The Barcelona midfielder has been the subject of two confirmed bids from Old Trafford manager David Moyes to date, but now new Camp Nou manager Gerardo Martino insists the final decision on his future with the La Liga champions must be down to the player himself, as ESPN reported.

    United are considering a third offer of £35 million for Fabregas, according to Chris Bascombe of the Daily Telegraph.

    But after Fabregas scored twice in Barcelona's 8-0 win over Santos, Martino claimed the midfielder must also make a decision on his future.

    We suspect this one may still have some way to go yet.