By Alan Duffy
Transfer Balls: Rounding up the day’s football tittle-tattle so you don’t have to…
Bale Bound For Old Trafford
The Star, among others, is reporting that Gareth Bale is headed for Old Trafford. The Welsh wizard, who has endured a difficult (if still pretty damn good) season with Real Madrid is eager to leave the Spanish capital with Manchester United ready to stump up a cool £80million for the former Tottenham man.
Bale is unhappy with his treatment in Spain and with Louis van Gaal ready to splash the cash this summer, an A-grade superstar like Bale fits the bill.
Sunday Express journo John Richardson told MUTV: ” I think it’s almost a done deal to be honest. I know somebody very close to Gareth Bale and the public are not hearing the real thing.” Exciting stuff if you’re a Man U fan then.
Citizens Need To Talk About Kevin
Former-Chelsea playmaker Kevin De Bruyne could be on his way back to the Premier League, according to the Mirror. The midfielder has been the driving force behind Woflsburg’s superb Bundesliga campaign, with Manchester City thought to be ready to move for the £35million-rated Belgian.
With PSG and Bayern Munich also sniffing ’round, the Citizens will need to pull out all the stops to land the player as they attempt to re-build in the summer. I can see this one actually happening.
Gunners Gunning For Gotze
The Telegraph have rehashed the claim (originally in the Express) that Arsene Wenger wants to buy Mario Gotze in the summer. It’s rumoured that the Bayern Munich attacker wants to leave the Allianz Arena, with a whole load of Europe’s top clubs put on alert.
Wenger tried to buy the World Cup winner when he was still plying his trade with Borussia Dortmund, only to be outflanked by Bundesliga moneybags Bayern. However, apparently now the Gunners’ boss can get his man for £30million. This all seems rather fanciful, although it would be a very ‘Wenger’ buy – bringing in another diminutive playmaker when a defensive midfielder/goalkeeper is needed.
Blues Eye Up Gaitan SHOCKER
You’ve got to applaud the Metro‘s ouput when it comes to ‘SHOCK’ transfer rumours – the latest one hot off the press concerns Benfica’s Nicolas Gaitan, who is apparently a target for Premier League champs Chelsea.
The Argentinian international has been a mainstay in the Super Eagles’s side since moving from Boca Juniors in 2010, but now he could be off to the Premier League.
The Blues are apparently ready to splurge £25.3million on the 27-year-old who can play wide or in a central attacking midfield position. Not a bad price for a very decent, experienced talent.
Inter Into Touré
In quite a day for hefty transfer rumours, Inter Milan have reiterated their plans to bring Yaya Touré to the San Siro. The Guardian quotes the Inter president Eric Thohir, who said: “I don’t know what the chances are of bringing him to Inter, but what is certain is that we will do everything we can to get him”.
The first bit of that is rather underwhelming, but with the Ivorian more than likely to leave the Etihad in the summer, a move to Serie looks plausible.
Touré may not have the legs he once did, but he’d surely still make a fine holding midfielder or centre-half?
The best/worst of the rest:
Newcastle United are set to bag Barcelona youngster Sandro Ramirez in a loan deal, Manchester United want Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi and Hull City are set to cut their losses on misfiring striker Abel Hernandez.