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Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale, Schweinsteiger

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterAugust 4, 2013

Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale, Schweinsteiger

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    The Sunday newspapers are a highlight of the week when it comes to transfer speculation, and this weekend is no different.

    The future of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney re-emerges as a topic of rumour with two differing viewpoints in two newspapers.

    Gareth Bale makes his daily appearance in print, but what is Cristiano Ronaldo looking for to remain at Real Madrid, according to one report?

    Tottenham have also been linked with a number of intriguing moves, while one Arsenal player is interesting Napoli.

    Read on to find out more.

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United to Chelsea

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    The future of Wayne Rooney has been a mainstay of the transfer window this summer, but the forthcoming week could be a pivotal one for the England international.

    Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror reports that Rooney will make an official transfer request this week, with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho preparing to make a new bid of £30 million.

    The report insists the 27-year-old has no issue with United manager David Moyes, but he wants to move on to help his career.

    However, Steve Millar of the Daily Star Sunday claims Rooney, who played in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Real Betis on Saturday, wants to stay at Old Trafford.

    The report also claims that Mourinho is preparing to make a bid of £40 million for the United striker.

Gareth Bale, Tottenham to Real Madrid

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    Real Madrid's public pursuit of Gareth Bale has angered Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, who will now refuse to negotiate with the Spanish club, reports Jason Burt of the Sunday Telegraph.

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas revealed after the defeat by Monaco on Saturday that the club had spoken with Real, but only to inform them that the 24-year-old was not for sale, as Sky Sports reported.

    But the Spurs manager has also been angered by the manner in which the Bernabeu club have publicly pursued the player.

    With Bale expected to still join Real, there is a knock-on effect for Cristiano Ronaldo, who is looking for £320,000 per week to stay, according to Joe Bernstein of the Mail on Sunday.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, Bayern Munich to Manchester United

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    Manchester United manager David Moyes will turn his attention to Bastian Schweinsteiger if a third bid for Cesc Fabregas fails, reports Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror.

    The Old Trafford club are considering a £35 million plus £5 million add-ons bid for the Barcelona midfielder, according to the report.

    But if the proposed new offer is rejected, Bayern Munich and Germany star Schweinsteiger will become the next target for United, claims Mullock.

    According to the report, Schweinsteiger, 29, could be surplus to requirements under new Bayern head coach Pep Guardiola as he moulds a new look for the European and German champions.

Luis Suarez, Jackson Martinez and Rolando, Liverpool/FC Porto to Tottenham

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    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas will target Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and Jackson Martinez of FC Porto to offset the loss of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, reports Duncan Castles of the Sunday Times.

    Uruguay international Suarez has been the subject of a bid by Arsenal this summer, but he could now face competition from their North London rivals.

    Colombia international Martinez had been strongly linked with Napoli, as Sky Sports reported, but Spurs are considering adding the 26-year-old to the squad alongside new striker Roberto Soldado, according to Castles.

    While the focus of transfer attention has been on Bale, Villas-Boas is also monitoring the future of FC Porto defender Rolando, according to Greg Adams of the Daily Star Sunday.

    Fiorentina are favourites currently to sign the centre-half, who played under Villas-Boas at Porto, according to the report.

    But Villas-Boas remains interested in the 27-year-old, who played at Napoli on loan last season. He could make his move once the Bale transfer is completed, claims Adams.

Olivier Giroud, Arsenal to Napoli

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    Napoli manager Rafael Benitez is considering a move for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, according to Ben Jefferson of the Sunday Express.

    According to the report, Napoli's hopes of signing Jackson Martinez from FC Porto have stalled. Benitez is now looking at other options to follow Gonzalo Higuain to the Serie A club after the departure of Edinson Cavani to Paris Saint-Germain last month.

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remains confident he can bring Luis Suarez to the Emirates Stadium this summer, as Charlie Wyett of The Sun reported.

    The sale of Giroud could help with the finance of the deal for the Uruguay forward, claims Jefferson.

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