Latest Transfer Rumours: Gareth Bale Edges Towards Real, Willian and More

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterAugust 23, 2013

Latest Transfer Rumours: Gareth Bale Edges Towards Real, Willian and More

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    The Gareth Bale transfer saga appears to be heading towards its conclusion as Real Madrid close in on the deal to sign the Tottenham star.

    Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas says no deal has been done, but the official Real website jumped the gun over the proposed world-record transfer, as the newspapers report on Friday.

    Villas-Boas has enjoyed an excellent transfer window so far, but he may be set for disappointment as Chelsea enter the race for Anzhi Makhachkala winger Willian, according to reports.

    Read on to find out more. 

Gareth Bale Edges Closer Towards World-Record Real Madrid Move

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    The long-running saga over Gareth Bale's move from Tottenham to Real Madrid is coming to an end, according to newspaper reports on Friday.

    The majority of the papers agree that the Wales international will soon join the Bernabeu club in a world-record deal, with the only debate over which day the move will be confirmed.

    Nick Lustig of the Daily Star claimed on Thursday that the multi-million deal will be done on Friday, but John Percy of the Daily Telegraph says Bale will be a Real player over the weekend.

    However, Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail has sounded a note of caution over the Bale switch after Chelsea joined the race for Bale's replacement, Willian.

    While the deal for Bale has not been confirmed by either club, the official Real Madrid website appeared to jump the gun as it advertised replica shirts bearing the Welshman's name above the No. 11, as Elliott Bretland of the Daily Mail reported.  

Chelsea Hijack Tottenham Move for Brazil Winger Willian

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    Chelsea's late move for Brazil international Willian is well covered by the newspapers on Friday, after Blues manager Jose Mourinho attempted to hijack the deal between current club Anzhi and London rivals Tottenham.

    Darren Lewis and Neil McLeman of the Daily Mirror claim that Stamford Bridge owner Roman Abramovich has become involved in the move for the 25-year-old.

    Abramovich contacted Anzhi owner and fellow Russian Suleyman Kerimov to offer £32 million for Willian, who has been in London this week for a medical with Tottenham, according to the report. 

Manchester United Issue Plea to Chelsea over Wayne Rooney

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    Manchester United have urged Chelsea to back down in their pursuit of striker Wayne Rooney, reports Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror.

    The England international has been the subject of Mourinho's interest during the summer. However, United chief executive Ed Woodward has now written to the Stamford Bridge club urging them to refrain from making any further bids for and to stop commenting on the 27-year-old, according to the report.

    Mourinho has previously voiced his admiration for Rooney this summer, and the Blues have made two bids for the forward.

    United hope the letter, which has the support of the club's owners, will put an end to the speculation over Rooney's future.  

Liverpool Prepared for Late Real Madrid Swoop for Luis Suarez

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    Liverpool are bracing themselves for a late Real Madrid swoop for striker Luis Suarez, reports Phil Thomas of The Sun (subscription required).

    The Uruguay international has voiced his desire to leave Anfield this summer, but he had looked set to remain at the club beyond the close of the summer transfer window on Sept. 2 after two Arsenal bids were rejected.

    However, Thomas claims the Bernabeu club will move for the South American if the Gunners succeed in their bid for Real striker Karim Benzema, according to the report.

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers does not want to lose Suarez so close to the end of the transfer window, with little time to line up a replacement for the forward. 

Bits and Pieces: Karim Benzema, Angel Di Maria, Marouane Fellaini

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    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will begin his £90 million spending spree with a move for Real Madrid pair Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria, claims Mark Irwin of The Sun (subscription required).

    Wenger will also make an improved bid for Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye and continue the chase for Valencia goalkeeper Vicente Guaita, claims the report.

    The Gunners boss has been stung into action by the Premier League defeat by Aston Villa last weekend, but he does have the carrot of Champions League football to tempt players after Arsenal defeated Fenerbahce 3-0 in the first leg of their playoff tie.

    Barcelona have completed the signing of Manchester City and Spain Under-20 midfielder Denis Suarez, according to The Sun (subscription required).

    Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini wants to leave Goodison Park for Manchester United before his transfer fee increases next year, claim Dominic King and Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail.

    Sunderland have opened negotiations with Swansea City to bring South Korea midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng to Wearside on loan, reports David Kent of the Daily Mail.

    The future of Nicolas Anelka at West Bromwich Albion is in doubt after the former Arsenal and Chelsea striker took compassionate leave following the death of his agent, Eric Manasse, reports John Percy of the Daily Telegraph.