Summer Transfer Gossip: Gareth Bale, Willian, Wayne Rooney, Marouane Fellaini
There’s a fortnight remaining in the transfer window, and we are still awaiting the big deal that could trigger a domino effect.
Arsene Wenger has moved to ease Arsenal fans’ fears. But does he succeed?
The latest edition of the Summer Transfer Gossip Roundup will tell you all you need to know.
Liverpool and Manchester United May Battle for Willian
Brazilian midfielder Willian has issued a come-and-get-me plea to Liverpool, reports David Maddock in the Mirror, but the Reds could face competition from Manchester United.
A recent report by Reuters revealed Anzhi Makhachkala's billionaire owner Suleiman Kerimov was scaling back his investment, which prompted talk of a fire sale.
A host of big-name signings are being made available, with Willian among them.
A report in the Express suggested Manchester City were leading the race for the midfield creator, but Willian has been alerted to talk of a potential bid from Liverpool, and it is something that interests him.
Maddock quotes Willian as saying:
There are conversations, and I am hoping in the next few days for an offer from a club like Liverpool.
If it is Liverpool, then they are a great club. The news came as a real shock, but I’m calm about it and hoping for the best, because I’ve been told they will help the players to go, if they get a good offer.
I am hoping there will be something from Liverpool, because England has a league that I’ve dreamed of playing in.
If Liverpool are to lure Willian to Anfield, they may have to fend off interest from archrivals Manchester United, claim Daily Mail scribes Chris Wheeler and Sami Mokbel.
In their piece, they write:
David Moyes has entered the race to bring £30million Brazil attacking midfielder Willian to the Barclays Premier League.
The Anzhi Makhachkala player has already attracted the interest of Liverpool and Tottenham, but Manchester United could hijack those deals.
Liverpool are in advanced discussions with Anzhi regarding a move for the 25-year-old and remain confident of landing him. But United have now made their own enquiry and Old Trafford is believed to be Willian’s preferred destination.
Gareth Bale Keeping Mum About His Future at Tottenham
Bale is giving the silent treatment to his Tottenham Hotspur teammates, writes the Mirror's John Cross.
The Spurs star has been back-page news for much of the summer, with Real Madrid having had a huge bid knocked back. Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has cooled talk of a renewed bid, but with a couple of weeks to go in the transfer window, Spurs are still braced for a another effort from the Spanish giants.
It has been widely reported that Bale wants to go, but he has kept his own counsel and does not even talk to his teammates about his future, according to Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas.
“His mental state nobody knows, because the player doesn’t speak," the Mirror quoted Villas-Boas as saying. "The only thing that we are able to see is the player arriving in and out of the training ground. It’s fine.”
Cross' article also outlined Tottenham's determination to keep hold of Bale. Villas-Boas continued:
We’ve been very, very clear with everybody regarding the player and our willingness to hold onto him. But obviously in football anything can happen in the end.
However, this is a player we cherish a lot and who has helped us progress. Ideally we want to continue with him.
We are aware that Real Madrid are interested. But it doesn’t mean that we are willing to negotiate about him.
Arsene Wenger Has Arsenal Transfer Hope
Arsene Wenger has moved to ease Arsenal fans' fears by insisting he remains active in the transfer market, writes the Mirror's John Cross.
Wenger made positive noises about making a big play in the summer transfer window, but he has so far only managed to bring in Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer.
The Gunners boss has been frustrated in his attempts to prise Luis Suarez away from Liverpool, while injuries to defender Thomas Vermaelen and midfielder Mikel Arteta have added to the feeling of unrest.
Liverpool have made it clear that they have no desire to sell Suarez, but Wenger has told fans he will continue to scour the market. As per the Mirror:
There are 18 days to go [until the transfer window closes on September 2], so that is a long time in the transfer market and we will be active. I cannot certify what the number of players coming in will be, but we will be active until the end.
Swansea Warn Arsenal off Michu
Wenger has so far been frustrated in his attempts to sign a big-name striker, but he is planning to remain active in the transfer window until deadline day.
Al-Samarrai suggests Michu could be the target of a late swoop from Wenger, but Laudrup has suggested the time for any sale has come and gone.
Al-Samarrai's piece quotes Laudrup as saying:
From my point of view I don't want Michu to leave for any amount in the world but if someone comes in and gives an absolutely ridiculous bid then I can understand if the player or the club say this is way beyond what we could expect in the future.
But I think the club, as economically it is very good, I know if they came in with a late bid I know that the reaction from the board and chairman will be “no”, even if the money is ridiculous as we will not have time enough to find a replacement who is near enough to the same standard.
Tottenham Close in on Pablo Osvaldo
Tottenham’s main play in the transfer window is to retain the services of Gareth Bale, but they are also active in the market and are expected to sign Pablo Osvaldo from Roma today, writes Pat Sheehan in The Sun (subscription).
Sheehan tags his report as exclusive, and he says a £15 million deal to bring the Italy international to White Hart Lane is in place.
In his piece, Sheehan writes: "The North Londoners have been in talks with Italian side Roma for the striker and are close to announcing his arrival."
Sheehan also says Spurs are in discussions with Dutch side Roda JC, which would see some of their fringe players head to the Eredivisie club to gain experience, while the Premier League side would have first option on any Roda players.
Wayne Rooney Ready for Muddy Manchester United Battle
The Rooney saga looks like dragging on to the end of the window, and The Sun’s (subscription) Shaun Custis claims the striker wants to leave Manchester United no matter what.
United boss Moyes recently moved to play down talk of a rift with Rooney, but Custis says it has not prompted the England striker to change his mind.
Custis suggests Rooney expects the club to move their PR machine into overdrive, but he is prepared to take any criticism on the chin provided it enables him to join Chelsea. Custis states:
Wayne Rooney does not care what Manchester United’s spin doctors say about him—as long as he leaves.
Chelsea have had two bids for Roo knocked back but are expected to raise the bidding to £40 million before the transfer window shuts.
And Rooney is so desperate to join Jose Mourinho’s Blues that he is not bothered about all the mud slinging that is bound to come his way.
Bits and Pieces: Darren Bent, Marouane Fellaini, Mounir El Hamdaoui
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has stepped up his interest in Feyenoord defender Bruno Martins Indi, claims a report in The Sun (subscription).
Also in The Sun (subscription), a report claims Cardiff City are ready to spend £4.5 million on Jefferson Montero from Mexican side Morelia.
Roberto Martinez claims the pressure is off to sell Marouane Fellaini, as the Everton boss says the clause the Belgian had in his contract which allowed him to leave lapsed at the end of July, reports Dominic King of the Daily Mail.
Fiorentina striker Mounir El Hamdaoui is a potential replacement for the injured Gary Hooper at Norwich City, writes the Daily Star’s Nick Lustig.
Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway has spoken of is frustration after missing out on striker Darren Bent, who now looks set to join Fulham on loan from Aston Villa.
"I was told last night he was coming to us," Holloway told BBC London (via the Daily Mail). "I was told this morning he was coming to us. It's life. There are bigger sharks than us."