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Find out the most recent development in the Wayne Rooney saga.
Which club is expected to sign Loic Remy?
Will Arsenal really sign another teenager?
Can you name the Juventus player Norwich City are reportedly interested in?
UPDATE: August 12, 2013
Robin van Persie thinks that "deep down" Wayne Rooney wants to remain with Manchester United. http://t.co/Tsbmj5GCej— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) August 11, 2013
UPDATE: August 10, 2013
Manchester United have knocked back another offer from Chelsea for Wayne Rooney, as reported by Ben Smith at BBC Sport.
If the Blues sign Rooney, it would contradict José Mourinho's promise to bring the best out of Fernando Torres.
"I think some of the work we do with the team in terms of attack suits his [Torres'] qualities," Mourinho said, via Sky Sports. "We want to adapt the team and teach the team how to use his [Torres'] best qualities."
Juan Mata can be elite as a wide attacking midfielder, but in the 25 games he started as a No. 10 last season, he scored 10 times and created 13 goals—he's indispensable.
Rooney, who's at home in a free-roaming position, will be Chelsea's nine-and-a-half, meaning the Blues won't play with a traditional centre-forward if he's a starter.
This leaves Torres and Romelu Lukaku vying for an impact sub role with the possibility to start up front should Rooney's form deteriorate.
According to Richard Tanner at The Express, Rooney will attempt to force through a move away from United by handing in a transfer request.
Coral have made light of the situation.
Wayne Rooney has reportedly submitted a written transfer request at Old Trafford... pic.twitter.com/p5YD9B5nqI— Coral (@Coral) August 5, 2013
UPDATE: August 11, 2013
Sky Sources: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has no plans to apologise to the club and his team-mates. More now on #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 11, 2013
UPDATE: August 8, 2013
Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is once again strong-arming Real Madrid president Florentino Perez by demanding a bigger bid, according to The Telegraph's Jason Burt.
Levy is treading a fine line because Perez may can the deal out of pride and react by bidding for Luis Suarez, who is open to leave Liverpool should the Reds receive a fee in the ballpark of the £87 million for Bale.
"With Gareth Bale they are talking about €100 million—Bale and Suarez were arguably the two best players in the Premier League last season," Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said, via Sky Sports. "We have only had two bids from one club [Arsenal], which are nowhere near our valuation."
Here are two reasons why Levy is playing hard-ball:
- Levy believes there's a chance Pérez could bid £100 million (€115.2) for Bale, which is £20 million more than what Perez paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo, who had won the FIFA World Player of the Year, the Ballon d'Or and the UEFA Champions League.
- Should transfer negotiations collapse for Bale, there are other suitors in Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and Anzhi Makhachkala that could offer a sizable transfer fee for Bale next summer.
UPDATE: August 7, 2013
Newcastle United have taken Loic Remy on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers. http://t.co/EjbCDRzGIT— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) August 5, 2013
Mark Douglas at The Journal believes Queens Park Rangers forward Loic Remy's loan transfer to Newcastle United will be finalised within the next 48 hours.
Remy, a French international, would reinforce Newcastle's nickname Le Toon, a moniker based on the club's majority French-speaking contingent.
Loïc Remy: Has scored 6 goals in 14 Premier League appearance, maintaining a conversion rate of 15.8%— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) August 5, 2013
UPDATE: August 12, 2013
Quagliarella to Sunderland picking up pace as even http://t.co/BGLYDAZjsz reporting a possible switch for Fabio to the Stadium of LIght.— Tarek Khatib (@ADP1113) August 12, 2013
Juventus will allow Fabio Quagliarella to leave giving several clubs including Norwich City the opportunity to sign him, according to Sky Sports.
The Italian is one of the most gifted players in the world but Norwich can't advance his footballing career, so they'll have to give him a lucrative reason to join them.
The problem is that Chris Hughton already has Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper at his disposal, so adding Quagliarella would be a luxury not a necessity.
Norwich are weighing up a bid for Fabio Quagliarella this summer, according to the Norwich Evening News. #NCFC— Get Football News (@GetFootballNews) July 30, 2013
According to Daniel Jones at The Metro, Freiburg’s Matthias Ginter is set to join Arsenal.
Ginter, who was voted Germany's most promising 18-year-old in 2012, would be a fool to leave guaranteed European football (UEFA Europa League) for the Gunners, where he isn't expected to start week in, week out.
If Arsenal really wanted Ginter right now, they would have offered Francis Coquelin plus "x" amount of money.
Instead, the Gunners have sent Coquelin on loan, enabling the option of offering him in a packaged deal for Ginter—presuming Coquelin has established himself in Freiburg’s starting XI—by the next summer transfer window.
"Das ist Humbug" - Freiburg sporting director on the Sun's story saying we'd agreed a deal with them for Matthias Ginter.— arseblog (@arseblog) August 4, 2013
@DoulMak "That is nonsense/rubbish"— arseblog (@arseblog) August 4, 2013
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