Monday headlines: Rooney bid rejected, World record Bale transfer nears, Ronaldo future
-Manchester United has rejected a second £30 million transfer bid from Chelsea for unsettled Wayne Rooney. The rejection seems to show that new United boss David Moyes still sees Wayne Rooney as a key player for Manchester United this season. Either that, or United are playing a clever hardball game that aims to extract as much money out of a deal as possible. There has been some suggestion that Moyes, and Ferguson before him, quite simply want rid of the star England striker. Rooney himself is less than happy. He was dropped in a key champions league tie quarter final last season, and according to Ferguson “handed a transfer request in”. Rooney has denied this. However, there is strong speculation that Rooney will hand a transfer request in following another rejected bid for him from Chelsea. That could help force through a third bid. Rooney needs to tread carefully, if he does put a request in then it will forfeit certain money he is entitled to if he is sold by bidding. If Rooney was to stay at United he would likely be booed in the first few home games but would soon be cheered again upon a return to form. He has helped United win Five premier league trophies and One champions league trophy. He owes United nothing, but the lure of staying at United and becoming the clubs all time top goalscorer could be more of an appealing legacy than a big London move.
-Speaking of United, their bid for Barcelona’s unsettled midfielder Cesc Fabregas looks to be dead in the water. Barcelona have rejected United’s bids outright, and the new coaching staff at Barca have assured Fabregas he is a big part of the clubs plans this season. This could all end up impacting the potential Rooney / Chelsea move, David Moyes is still keen on a midfielder so could push Chelsea on a player swap deal, Juan Mata coming to United and Rooney going to Chelsea seems a fairer proposition to Moyes but he would also still want around £20 million in transfer fee.
- Tottenham’s Gareth Bale seems certain to complete a world record transfer to Real Madrid as early as this week. Madrid broke the previous record when they purchased Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United for £80 million in 2009. The deal put together by Madrid for Bale is said to be from £85 million to £95 million. Bale is certainly a great player, a fast, powerful, athletic goalscorer. He won player of the season in the English premiership this year. However, it does show how over inflated the transfer market has become. He has had one great season, been injury prone in the past and is nowhere near the level of Ronaldo or Messi. Indeed, the premier leagues top scorer for the last two seasons, Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie, transferred for £24 million from Arsenal to United last season. Is Bale worth £40 million more? No. Regardless, Madrid have been hot on the transfer, publicly courting Bale in the media. This has upset manager Andre Villas Boas, who in turn upset Gareth Bale. The Welsh superstar seems to have his mind made up that he wants to join Madrid and Boas’s attitude to the bid hasn’t been the most open reaction. Nevertheless, Spurs haven’t rejected the bid despite weak assertions their star man isn’t for sale. The world record transfer now seems certain to happen.
-The Bale to Madrid transfer again raises speculation about Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Real Madrid. Reports in Spain claim he has signed a new deal, but neither Madrid or the player have confirmed this yet. If the Bale and Rooney transfers happen then Manchester United seem very likely to launch a £60 million bid for Ronaldo who has courted the attention by not signing a new Madrid contract yet. United would have the cash after the Rooney transfer and Madrid may be keen to recoup some of the Bale money, also getting rid of Ronaldo who could run his contract down and leave on a free in a couple of seasons. Bale and Ronaldo together at Madrid is a frightening prospect for the worlds defenders, but they are very similar in their playing style. Madrid may want to sell him but remain very vocal about keeping him. The likely outcome is a contract renewal announced as early as this evening – but the potential for another big money transfer could certainly explode if the circumstances come together.
-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remains secretive about his pursuit of Liverpool’s unhappy striker Luis Suarez. Arsenal are likely to launch a final £45 million bid for the player soon. Liverpool continue to say he is not for sale, but Suarez’s silence is deafening. He could kill this story now by vocally committing to Liverpool, the club who has gave him so much support through his racism and biting incidents. But Suarez remains keen to leave the club, believing he needs to play his game at a bigger club who can give him champions league football. Suarez could very well put a transfer request in if Liverpool reject another bid.
-The bookies all have Suarez, Bale and Rooney odds on to transfer before September 3rd, with Ronaldo being the longer shot that may be worth getting some money on.
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