Wayne Rooney, Marouane Fellaini, Gareth Bale: August 18 Transfer Gossip

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterAugust 18, 2013

Wayne Rooney, Marouane Fellaini, Gareth Bale: August 18 Transfer Gossip

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    Wayne Rooney might have earned praise from Manchester United manager David Moyes following his substitute appearance in the Premier League-opening win at Swansea City, but that isn't stopping the transfer speculation over the striker.

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is poised for another offer for the England striker but will turn his attention to Germany if it is rejected, claims one newspaper report on Sunday.

    Moyes faces a battle with former club Everton over the future of Marouane Fellaini, but could there be another option in Spain?

    Talking of La Liga, Gareth Bale has been left disgruntled by events of this week surrounding his proposed transfer to Real Madrid.

    Arsenal and Liverpool also feature in Sunday's transfer gossip, but which players interest the two clubs?

    Read on to find out more.

Chelsea to Make £40m Offer for Wayne Rooney Before Turning to Lewandowski

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    Mourinho will make one final bid for United striker Rooney before focusing on Borussia Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski, reports Alan Nixon of the Sunday People.

    The Stamford Bridge boss has not hidden his desire to bring the England international to the club this summer, and Jonathan Northcroft of the Sunday Times (subscription required) reports that the player is determined to make the move.

    Rooney came off the bench to help set up two goals at Swansea on Saturday and underline his worth to the team, but Northcroft also noted a pointed lack of celebration by the player.

    Lewandowski had appeared to be set for a move to Bayern Munich at the end of this season, as David Kent of the Daily Mail noted, but Borussia Dortmund could be seriously tempted to do business with Chelsea in a snub to their Bundesliga rivals, claims Nixon.

David Moyes Poised for Battle with Everton over Marouane Fellaini

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    While Moyes attempts to douse the fire over Rooney, his own transfer focus is now on former club Everton and Belgian midfielder Fellaini, reports Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror.

    Moyes and United are set to make an £18 million bid for Fellaini this week after missing out on Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara during the summer, claims the report.

    But the Goodison Park club are still unhappy at the way in which their long-serving manager left for United and will not welcome a move for Fellaini with the close of the transfer window approaching, says Mullock.

    However, Matt Law of the Sunday Mirror reports that Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric favours the idea of becoming a United player in preference to a return to Tottenham as part of the deal to take Bale to the Bernabeu.

Gareth Bale 'Unhappy' at Tottenham Silence Claims

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    Bale is angry at Tottenham claims he has remained silent over his view on the proposed transfer to Real Madrid, reports Tom Hopkinson of the Sunday People.

    Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas said during the week that nobody knew the Wales international's opinion on the deal because he had not said anything.

    But Bale, 24, believes he has kept the White Hart Lane club fully informed during the long-running saga over his proposed world-record move to the La Liga giants, according to Hopkinson.

    Dean Jones of the Sunday People has previously reported that the deal has been held up by Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy's concerns over the way the transfer fee will be funded.

Swansea Slap £25m Price Tag on Arsenal Target Michu

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    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is already under pressure after an opening-day defeat by Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium and the lack of success in the transfer market this summer.

    But his mood is unlikely to be improved by Charlie Wyett of The Sun's claim that Swansea City have placed a £25 million transfer tag on striker Michu.

    Wenger missed out on Gonzalo Higuain and is likely to lose out on both Luis Suarez and Rooney this summer, leaving his focus on the Liberty Stadium forward, according to the report.

    However, Swansea and manager Michael Laudrup are in no rush to lose Michu, according to Wyett, and have used Villa's £25 million valuation of Christian Benteke as their template for the ex-Rayo Vallecano man.

Bits and Pieces: Leandro Damiao, Oscar Cardozo, Samuel Eto'o

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    Leandro Damiao has emerged as a potential target for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, claims Dean Jones of the Sunday People.

    With Arsenal still chasing Suarez and both Tottenham and Manchester United showing interest in Anzhi Makhachkala star Willian, the Reds are lining up Damiao as a possible buy, Jones says.

    Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo is a transfer target for West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce as he attempts to strengthen his Upton Park forward line (Daily Star Sunday).

    Wigan Athletic manager Owen Coyle wants to take Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell on a season-long loan deal (Alan Nixon of the Sunday People).

    Chelsea will face competition from Inter Milan and Napoli for the capture of striker Samuel Eto'o from Anzhi Makhachkala (Cyrus Engineer of the Daily Star Sunday).