Latest Transfer Rumours: Levy the Hero in Bale Deal, Fellaini, Mata, Lewandowski

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterSeptember 1, 2013

Latest Transfer Rumours: Levy the Hero in Bale Deal, Fellaini, Mata, Lewandowski

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    Less than 48 hours to go now and the real scramble for signings begins for some clubs as the transfer window comes to an end.

    Gareth Bale is still waiting for his move to Real Madrid and the Spanish club are looking to unveil the Tottenham player on Tuesday after dismantling the stage set up for the player last weekend.

    But why is Spurs chairman Daniel Levy waiting until the final moments to sign off on the Bale deal, and which major sports star will be watching the transfer with eager eyes?

    Manchester United manager David Moyes is hoping to finally get busy in the market before the window closes, along with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. But who is likely to be coming and going?

    Read on to find out more.

Daniel Levy Playing Hardball with Real over Gareth Bale Transfer

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    There seems little doubt Bale will be granted his transfer to Real before the window closes at midnight on Monday, but the genuine star of the show for White Hart Lane supporters has to be Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

    Not content with bringing in a host of talent on the back of the deal for the Wales international, Levy will wait until the last minute to deny North London rivals Arsenal and other Premier League clubs the chance to strengthen their squad, report Pete Jenson and Ian Stafford of the Mail On Sunday.

    Bale's arrival at the Bernabeu is expected to prompt the departure of a number of Real players, with the Gunners keen on Angel Di Maria, Mesut Ozil and Karim Benzema targets for Arsenal, claims the report.

    Levy is also determined to ensure Tottenham receive an additional £10 million if Bale is sold on to another Premier League side in the future, reports Colin Mafham of the Sunday Express.

    Sid Lowe of The Observer reports that Real have had to dismantle a stage set up at the Bernabeu for Bale's unveiling ahead of the La Liga game against Athletic Club Bilbao, while tennis star Rafael Nadal has voiced his views on the arrival of Welshman in an interview with Sky Sports.

Arsenal Maintain Interest in Chelsea Midfielder Juan Mata

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    Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata will need to request a departure from Stamford Bridge before Arsenal can make a move, reports Dave Kidd of the Sunday People.

    The Spain international faces a dilemma ahead of the transfer window closing, claims Kidd, with the Blues not actively looking to sell the 25-year-old but unable to guarantee him regular first-team football.

    According to the article, the Gunners have spoken with Mata's representatives, but have also lined up a move for Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler as a further option.

    Arsenal will also make an improved £15 million move for Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye, report Paul and Clive Hetherington of the Daily Star Sunday.

    The article also claims Wenger is looking at a move for Galatasaray and Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder.

Jose Mourinho Eyeing Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema for Chelsea

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is determined to bring in a big-name striker before the transfer window closes, with Robert Lewandowski and Benzema at the top of his list, reports Joe Bernstein of the Mail On Sunday.

    The Stamford Bridge boss believes his team need more firepower for the forthcoming season and wants enquiries made for Lewandowski and Benzema.

    Lewandowski has vowed to give his all for Borussia Dortmund this season despite being expected to join Bayern Munich next year, as Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN reported.

    Mourinho added Samuel Eto'o to his squad this week, but also saw two offers for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney rejected during the transfer window.

David Moyes Has Five Midfielders in Mind as Dortmund Keep Up Kagawa Interest

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    Daniele De Rossi is one of five midfielders being targeted by Moyes before the transfer window closes, claims Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star Sunday.

    The Roma player is joined by Ilkay Gundogan, Luka Modric, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini on the Old Trafford wanted list.

    Hetherington believes it is significant that Borussia Dortmund are interested in re-signing their former player, Shinji Kagawa, which could set up a swap deal with the Bundesliga side for Gundogan.

    Meanwhile, Phil Thomas of The Sun reports that Fellaini was the subject of "crisis talks" between Moyes and Everton manager Roberto Martinez.

    Steve Bates and Alan Nixon of the Sunday People report that Martinez wants to take Jesse Lingard from United as part of the deal.

Bits and Pieces: Victor Moses, Jermain Defoe, Andy Johnson, Nick Powell

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    Everton and Liverpool are in a tussle for the services of Chelsea winger Victor Moses, reports Alan Nixon of the Sunday People.

    According to the report, Liverpool are leading the chase for the Nigeria international, but Moses worked under Everton boss Martinez at Wigan Athletic.

    Everton are looking to make a triple swoop for Wigan midfielder James McCarthy, Ryan Bertrand of Chelsea and Feyenoord's Bruno Martins Indi, claim Simon Mullock and Matt Law of the Sunday Mirror.

    Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell is set for a season-long loan move to Wigan Athletic, reports Adam Crafton of the Mail On Sunday.

    Crystal Palace are considering a move for their former striker Andy Johnson, who is currently at Queens Park Rangers, says David Kent of the Mail On Sunday.

    West Bromwich Albion want Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe to bolster their squad, and will turn to Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon if they are unsuccessful, claim Alan Nixon and Dean Jones of the Sunday People.