Will They, Won't they...
After a summer of frantic transfer activity and with over two weeks still to go before the transfer window shuts we have been treated to a few major 'will-he won't-he' transfer sagas. Most of the main movers are still locked in negotiations and in our latest blog we take a look at the main protagonists.
This possible transfer was a slow burner over the early part of the summer with very little indication that he would be anywhere other than White Hart Lane when Spurs kick-off their season against Crystal Palace on August 18th.
Real Madrid are, of course, odds on favourites to complete the signing of the Welshman, be it this summer or next.
It is believed that Daniel Levy the Spurs chairman is holding out for over £100million, which would smash the previous record of £80million Real Madrid paid Man Utd for Christiano Ronaldo.
Interestingly, reports have emerged in the last few days of a bid by Man Utd who are believed to have offered Nani + £70million for Bale as United's summer transfer activity has so far proved fruitless with the failed bids for Barcelona's Alcantara and Fabregas. I believe the chances of him playing in the red shirt next year are minimal and Real look to be the nailed on favourites go get his signature.
This has probably been the longest transfer saga of the summer with currently no end in sight. Arsenal currently head the queue but it is hard to see who else is currently interested in signing the controversial character.
In my opinion, Liverpool are best off without him as time after time he has let the club and fans down with his on and off field behaviour. I find it ironic that he first intimated that he wanted a move because he could no longer play under the scrutiny of the British press but as interest in his services dried up, and with Arsenal being the only real viable option, he now wants to move to get Champions League football !
Brendan Rogers has insisted he must apologise to the club and fans but reports suggest he will no do so. I can't see any way he can ever play for Liverpool again, so expect the rumour mill to hot up over the next few weeks and for him to be plying his trade elsewhere next season.
After nine seasons playing for Man United and one close encounter with a possible transfer a few years ago, Wayne Rooney looks most likely to leave the club this summer. I believe David Moyes' insistence that he is not for sale is only an effort to keep his transfer value from decreasing.
The real question is where will he end up? Chelsea have already failed with 2 bids, but look likely to come back in with another bid over the next few days. IF United stand firm and rebuke another offer it is hard to see where he could possibly end up. There is more of a chance of Rooney staying at United than Suarez at Liverpool as bridges have not yet been irreparably damaged but it will be a long road back to gain the adoration of the United fans!
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