Tuesday 20 February 2018 / 02:55 AM

Rumours – Bale To United

Wow, things have suddenly got very, very exciting haven’t they? David Moyes is like a kid in a candy shop in his new post as Man Utd manager, and with Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger seemingly with millions burning holes through their pockets, the rumour mill has gone into overdrive with a number of bids being made for some pretty high profile players. Get your weekly transfer gossip fix and look forward to the new season here:

Bale to swap white for red?

All of the rumours surrounding Spurs superstar Gareth Bale have focused on his likelihood of joining Spanish giants Real Madrid, but this week those rumours have changed focus; with the news emerging that Man Utd are interested in securing the services of the Welsh wizard. Given that United have about 5 wingers who are all mostly pretty useless, there’s no doubt that acquiring Bale would certainly add some stardust to an effective but fairly unflashy side. Daniel Levy has already said that Bale is going nowhere this summer, but we know from past experience that the United negotiators can be pretty persuasive. Whether or not United have the funds required to tempt Bale to Old Trafford remains to be seen.

Rooney set to quit United

This summer has pretty much been characterised by the Rooney saga, and although a move to Chelsea was mooted earlier in the summer, it appears that Jose Mourinho has now well and truly set the ball rolling. Chelsea confirmed this week that have made an offer for the wantaway English striker, whose nose was severely put out of joint after Moyes seemed to suggest in a press conference that he saw Rooney as no more than a backup. United are understandably not keen to sell to Premier League rivals, but given the fact that Rooney’s value will only decrease, they’re going to have to sell him pretty soon, and if Rooney wants to go to Chelsea, they may have no choice.

Pepe to City

No one is quite sure what happened to City last season. They went from league champions to finishing miles away from their Manchester rivals, and clearly Manuel Pellegrini has been tasked with turning City back into champions. To be champions, a team needs quality all over the pitch, and it’s been rumoured this week that City may be prepared to spend £20m on Madrid defender Pepe in an effort to concede less goals than they did last season. City have already invested heavily, and it wouldn’t be surprise to see the Portugese centre back turn up at the Etihad as Pellegrini seeks to bring the title back to the blue half of Manchester.

Ibra to leave moneybag outfit for moneybag outfit

A very interesting piece of gossip emerged this week with the rumour circulating that Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is no longer happy at Paris St Germain and is consequently agitating for a move away from the French champions. PSG have recently signed Uruguayan superstar Edinson Cavani, and it is thought that Ibrahimovic is unimpressed at no longer being seen as the main man in Paris. Cavani is seen as one of the very best players in the world, and for whatever reason, Ibrahimovic is yet to be seen in that bracket; apart from by himself that is. The result of the Swede’s nose being pushed out of joint is that City and Chelsea are now circling the French club, and therefore we can expect a big bid imminently. Both clubs are on the lookout for another striker, and if Jose Mourinho fails to land Rooney, he could well step up his interest in the unpredictable Swede.

Moyes to land marquee signing

Many have talked about how important it is for David Moyes to make a statement in the transfer market in his first season in charge of Manchester United, and the Scot has certainly done his best at trying to procure a big name player. Last week United actually placed a bid for Cesc Fabregas, who has struggled to cement a position for himself in the Barcelona midfield. The bid was rejected by Barca, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see United return with an improved offer to test the Spanish club’s resolve. One spanner in the works may be the clause written into Fabregas’s contract that says that Arsenal have first refusal on the playmaker. Whether or not they are interested in buying him back remains to be seen, but no doubt Wenger would be keen to scupper any potential United bid for his former captain.

And a few more:

       Fiorentina’s Jovetic to join City in £30m move

       Villa’s Benteke desperate for Spurs to bid for him

       Bayern’s Shaquiri to Liverpool

       Real Betis winger Vadillo to join Tottenham

       Underperforming Nani to be rewarded with new contract by David Moyes

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