Latest Transfer Rumours: Real Madrid's Bale Platform, Man Utd Double Everton Bid

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterAugust 24, 2013

Latest Transfer Rumours: Real Madrid's Bale Platform, Man Utd Double Everton Bid

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    Relax, we are nearly there now. The transfer speculation surrounding Gareth Bale's proposed world-record move to Real Madrid is getting closer, according to reports.

    The Tottenham star has been linked with the Spanish giants throughout the summer, and the latest news concerns what could be plans for the unveiling of Bale at the Bernabeu.

    But who else is making the transfer news on Saturday? Read on to find out more.

Are Real Providing a Platform for Gareth Bale at the Bernabeu?

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    Real Madrid have built a special stage for the unveiling of Bale at the Bernabeu, reports Pat Sheehan of The Sun (subscription required).

    The Wales international appears to be on the verge of completing his world-record move from Tottenham to the La Liga giants, and it looks as though the Spanish club are preparing for his arrival.

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is not expecting to see Bale at White Hart Lane when Spurs face Swansea City in their first home Premier League game of the season on Sunday.

    However, the Spurs boss believes the departure of Bale, 24, represents an opportunity for his squad players to make an impact on the first team.

    Whenever a team is missing an important player it is a chance for other players to step up their game.

    In the end, there will always be an opportunity for other people to shine. Other players are taking on that responsibility. A player like Andros is an example but others can follow in the same footsteps.

David Moyes Urges Everton to Allow Fellaini and Baines to Join Manchester United

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    Manchester United manager David Moyes is set to make himself an unpopular figure at Everton after urging the Goodison Park club to allow Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini to move to Old Trafford, reports Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail.

    Moyes, who spent 11 years with the Merseysiders before replacing Sir Alex Ferguson this summer, has already seen a £28 million bid for the pair dismissed out of hand by Everton. Still, he claims he would have let both players move on if he was still manager at Goodison, reports Ladyman.

    As a comparison to the situation, the Mail article highlights Moyes' view of Manchester City's late bid to sign Joleon Lescott in 2009 when the Scot was Everton manager.

    Meanwhile, Moyes has also been linked with a move for Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil, according to Jeremy Cross of the Daily Star.

    United will launch a £30 million bid for the 24-year-old Germany international after missing out on Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas this summer, claims Cross.

Luis Suarez Holds Key to Successful Arsenal Signing, Says Arsene Wenger

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    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted that summer target Luis Suarez still holds the key to his summer spending plans even if the Uruguay striker does not come to the Emirates Stadium, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    Like the chain involved in buying a house, there is a domino effect in football with clubs only willing to sell if a replacement can be found.

    The Gunners are hoping to add Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema to their ranks before the transfer window closes on Sept. 2, says Cross, but Wenger admits the Bernabeu club will want a replacement before they do business.

    That's part of the fact you need three agreements for anybody. It's true that it is sometimes connected with other clubs. But we have to accept that.

    We have our targets, we will try to achieve that and I am confident we will get there. We will not go into the new season with only the number of players we have.

    Cross claims Liverpool forward Suarez is a target for Real, but Arsenal could turn to Diego Costa if they miss out on Benzema despite the striker recently signing a new deal with Atletico Madrid.

    Arsenal are also looking at Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla if they cannot land Vicente Guaita from Valencia, according to the report.

Tottenham Begin Negotiations for Steaua Bucharest Defender Vlad Chiriches

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    Tottenham have opened talks with Steaua Bucharest for the £7.5 million signing of defender Vlad Chiriches, reports Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail.

    The Romania international, 23, is the latest name for Villas-Boas as he continues to spend this summer on the back of Real Madrid's move for Bale.

    Central defence is an area Spurs need to cover following the departure of William Gallas at the end of last season and Steven Caulker's move to Cardiff City.

    Meanwhile, Tottenham believe Chelsea gazumped their move for Willian because Jose Mourinho feared the White Hart Lane club were becoming title contenders with their summer spending spree, report Darren Lewis and Neil McLeman of the Daily Mirror.

    The Blues are expected to sign the Anzhi Makhachkala and Brazil winger for £30 million after the player had a medical with Tottenham.

Bits and Pieces: Philippe Coutinho, Robert Lewandowski, Jack Wilshere

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    Philippe Coutinho could save Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers a small fortune in the transfer market, reports David Maddock of the Daily Mirror.

    The Brazilian has become a fan favourite at Anfield, and his blossoming form at No. 10 could offset a frustrating summer transfer window for the Reds boss, says Maddock.

    Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski has rejected the advances of Mourinho, Sir Alex Ferguson and Real Madrid over the last 12 months, reports Antony Kastrinakis of The Sun (subscription required).

    Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere admits he could leave the club if manager Wenger departs the Gunners, according to The Sun.

    AC Milan have emerged as the favourites to sign Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen ahead of Tottenham and Liverpool, reports Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.

    PSV Eindhoven may be forced into selling Manchester City and Chelsea target Zakaria Bakkali, the Daily Express claims.