Transfer Rumours Latest: £125m for Bale, D-Day Looms for Rooney and More
Hold on to your hats, it’s the final week of the transfer window and the papers are awash with talk of big-money deals in the pipeline.
Gareth Bale dominates a large slice of copy and there’s a new twist in his saga, with one report saying a new team have been quoted £125 million. But who?
After putting in a superb shift for Manchester United on Monday, Wayne Rooney’s future is again in the spotlight.
All this and more is in Tuesday’s edition of the Summer Transfer Gossip roundup.
Jose Mourinho Sets Wayne Rooney Deadline
In the 1982 film 48 Hours, Eddie Murphy had 48 hours (the clue is in the name) to solve a crime. Rooney has 48 hours to make a decision on his future, reports David McDonnell in the Mirror.
Rooney was handed a start against Chelsea on Monday and produced a superb display in the 0-0 draw. It was the sort of performance that persuaded Blues boss Jose Mourinho to make the forward his top summer transfer target.
Mourinho said before the game, reported by Sky Sports, that he was set to make a fresh bid, and in his post-match interview, he confirmed he wants Rooney but will not wait forever.
Asked if he wanted Rooney to make a decision, Mourinho said:
Yes, I would like. In 24, 48 hours.
He was a real professional, played for his club, played for the club that pays him. Tried to win, Tried to score. He was fantastic. After that [does] he want to leave? He has to say.
Or he has decided now he doesn’t want to leave any more? His problem.
But I praise him because he was fantastic, he played a fantastic match in difficult circumstances. He played fantastic.
United have remained firm in their stance that they do not want to sell Rooney and Red Devils boss David Moyes had words of warning for Mourinho with regard to any approach.
In his piece in the Mail, Neil Ashton quotes Moyes as saying: "It would be illegal, he can’t do that."
Manchester United Quoted £125m for Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale is still to sign on the dotted line at Real Madrid and The Sun's Pat Sheehan is claiming in a world exclusive that the Spanish giants have competition in the shape of Manchester United.
Sky Sports News first aired rumours of a second bidder for Tottenham star Bale on Monday. United's name cropped up in reports and now Sheehan is claiming Spurs have told the Red Devils that they can have the Welsh flyer for £125 million.
United boss David Moyes gave little away when pressed on the subject following his side's 0-0 draw with Chelsea, but he did not rule out a bid.
The owners have given me every opportunity to bring in whoever I want. So we will continue to try and find those players.
I said when I got the job that Manchester United would be interested in the best players and we're always looking to improve the team.
It's been tough in this window but we're always looking at the best players. I can't say anymore.
Sheehan also reports that Bale returned to England on Monday after spending the weekend in Spain and that Real supremo Florentino Perez fears the deal could collapse.
Manchester United to Up Ante for Marouane Fellaini
Moyes may be battling to keep Rooney and eyeing a bid for Bale, but he has other irons in the fire and The Sun's Phil Thomas claims the Old Trafford boss is primed to up his bid for Everton's Marouane Fellaini.
Thomas suggests Moyes has admitted defeat in his pursuit of left-back Baines, but will up his offer for Fellaini to £26 million.
Thomas claims United will offer £20 million up front, with a further £6 million in add-ons.
That deal could trigger spending by Everton, as Thomas states Toffees boss Roberto Martinez is ready to raid his old club for Wigan midfielder James McCarthy.
Tottenham's Bale Sale Hinges on Erik Lamela
The Bale saga looks set to rumble on for a little while longer and the Mail's Neil Ashton claims Tottenham will allow him to leave when they have a deal for Roma's Erik Lamela in place.
Ashton claims Lamela is Spurs' top target after Chelsea beat them to the signature of Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala.
The report also states Spurs have their eyes on Real Betis forward Alvaro Vadillo, but Lamela is now the priority for chairman Daniel Levy.
Victor Moses in Liverpool's Sights
The Luis Suarez transfer saga appears to have dropped off the radar, with Liverpool positive he will stay.
This has enabled Reds boss Brendan Rodgers to switch his attention to transfer targets and the Metro claims he wants Chelsea forward Victor Moses.
Liverpool have made a bright start to the season and along with Tottenham, are the only side with a 100% record in the Premier League.
Daniel Sturridge has looked good with Suarez sidelined due to suspension, but a report in the Metro claims Rodgers wants to add to his attacking options with the capture of Moses from Chelsea.
Bits and Pieces: Eliaquim Mangala, James Troisi, Joey Barton
Manchester United are ready to battle with Chelsea for Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, writes John Cross in the Mirror.
Cross claims Mangala has been on Chelsea’s radar since Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge, but adds that United have had Mangala watched in recent weeks.
Sunderland could be set for a boost in shirt name revenue as The Sun claims they are closing in on a season-long loan deal for Inter Milan midfielder Zdravko Kuzmanovic.
Heerenveen striker Alfred Finnbogason has caught the eye of Cardiff, according to The Sun, as the paper claims a £6 million bid for the Icelander has been lodged.
Cardiff boss Malky Mackay looks set to be busy this week as Cross claims in the Mirror that he has made an approach to sign Barcelona forward Isaac Cuenca on a season-long loan.
Norwich boss Chris Hughton is looking to add more width to his attacking options, according to Simon Jones in the Mail. Jones claims the Canaries are closing in on a loan deal for Atalanta winger James Troisi.
Jones also suggests Joey Barton could be on his way back to the Premier League, with Crystal Palace close to striking a deal with QPR for the midfielder.