Tuesday 23 January 2018 / 11:14 PM

Rumours – More Rooney; Bale to Spain?

Now doesn’t everyone feel just a little bit better after the Premier League season began at the weekend? The beautiful game never seems quite so beautiful than when you’ve had to live without for three months. The biggest league in the world is back, and after an exhilarating first round of fixtures, the rumour mill still spins – perhaps even faster. With around two weeks left before the closure of the transfer window, we bring you the latest gossip from the football world:

Mourinho Still Hopeful Of Landing Rooney

Chelsea have had two very well publicised bids for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney turned down, and with all of the sounds coming out from Old Trafford intimating that the wantaway playmaker would not be sold, many of us thought that that was the end of the matter. Nevertheless, Jose Mourinho has clearly not given up hope of bringing Rooney to Stamford Bridge, and Chelsea are expected to return to United this week with an improved £28m bid for the player. Rooney came off the bench and set up two goals at the weekend, outlining his absolute quality, and that makes it even more unlikely that David Moyes will be prepared to let a player of his talent go to probably their biggest Premier League rivals. Sorry Mr Mourinho, but we think this one’s dead in the water.

Arsenal To Sign Yet Another Frenchman

It’s okay Arsenal fans, this one is actually quite a decent Frenchman. Arsenal made a bid for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye shortly before the Frenchman was due to play against Manchester City at the Etihad. Cabaye is reportedly quite keen to join Arsenal and according the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was consequently not in the right frame of mind to face the Citizens.

What does seem inevitable is that Cabaye will depart, with Newcastle chairman Mike Ashley generally ready to sell players if he’s offered a decent price for them. Arsenal’s initial bid was £10m, a figure that was rebuffed by the Magpies, and apparently the Toon Army are holding out for £20m – a figure they could well receive given Wenger’s constant boasting about how rich Arsenal are. Whether Cabaye would improve the Gunners that much remains to be seen, but with only two weeks left of the transfer window left and no stars bought, Arsene is clearly beginning to feel the pressure.

Will Bale Actually Go?

Yes, yes, this is one of the most tedious transfer sagas in living memory, but nevertheless we feel duty bound to report to you that the Gareth Bale to Real Madrid transfer is till very much alive; despite news to the contrary last week. The latest mooted figure is £93m plus Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao, which would be an astronomical sum for a player who can only really use his left foot (although he is of course a wonderful player).

Perhaps ones of the clearest signs that the Bale transfer could be a goer is that Daniel Levy has been very happy to splash the cash this summer, with significant money being spent on Paulinho, Chadli, Soldado and Capoue. It seems that Levy has worked hard to get all of his business done so that he isn’t left with a lot to do when Bale departs. A savvy man.

Moyes To Risk Everton’s Wrath Once More

It would perhaps be an understatement to say that David Moyes’ dealings in the transfer market as Manchester United manager haven’t exactly gone to plan. Not only has the Scot failed to get anyone in of any substance, but he has also angered his old club Everton with a low bid for their two best players. However, despite the angry reaction from the Evertonian management, Moyes is apparently determined to shop at Goodison Park, and is planning to make a renewed bid for Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini by the end of this week.

The bid is supposed to be around £35m, which doesn’t really sound like enough to us when you consider that Fellaini’s original release clause was £23.5m and Everton have already rejected a bid of £12m for Baines. Quite why Moyes is happy to continue penny pinching remains to be seen; but with a £35m bid for the two players likely to be knocked back, the manager is not leaving himself very much time to get the new recruits in. At least his team is performing on the pitch, and Moyes may well think that he may as well just carry on with the squad he’s got.

Martinez Wants Barry On Loan

Manchester City have now got a glitzy Chilean manager, used to managing teams with panache in the stylish La Liga. He’s purchased himself a real winger, and as showcased on Monday night, it looks likely that Manuel Pellegrini has been preparing City to play a very attractive and attacking form of football. This is great for the Premier League and especially great for City fans, but perhaps not so good for Gareth Barry.

The defensive midfielder is a decent player, but we’d eat our respective hats if anyone was ever able to describe him as glitzy, stylish or attacking without the ghost of a smile appearing on their face. Quite simply, Gareth Barry no longer fits in with the City game-plan and consequently the ex-Villa star is expected to leave for pastures new, with Everton looking like his most likely destination.

Unfortunately, the Toffees don’t really have two pennies to rub together and therefore the deal is likely to be a loan. This all seems well and good, but one massive stumbling block will be Barry’s exorbitant wages. Like the majority of City players, Barry’s wages massively outweigh his ability, and Everton are likely to struggle to afford the salary that Barry is on.

And Some Other Rumours:

  •        Man United will bid for Southampton’s Luke Shaw if they miss out on Leighton Baines
  •        Mark Hughes wants Jermaine Defoe at Stoke on loan
  •        Shola Ameobi could be on his way to QPR
  •        Arsene Wenger wants out of favour Man City defnder Micah Richards at the Emirates
  •        Monaco’s Falcao will be Chelsea’s fall back option should they fail to land Wayne Rooney

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