Transfer Talk: Featuring Bale, Soldado and Eriksen

Bale Battles V Madrid

Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Sunderland all feature.

Spurs make the headlines this lunchtime with widespread reports that winger and forward Gareth Bale has agreed terms on a six-year deal, which will take him to Real Madrid. Spurs had been hopeful of hanging onto the Welshman after the Spanish club seemingly ended their attempts to sign him this summer.

In more positive news for the White Hart Lane club, they appear to be closing on a deal for Valencia striker Roberto Soldado. The forward is thought to be the subject of a renewed £22 million offer from Spurs, with no threat appearing to come from Liverpool.

Manchester United were one of the clubs linked with Bale, but they have problems of their own in the form of Cesc Fabregas. A second United offer for the midfielder has been turned down with speculation United will go back to Barca with a third bid to try and do a deal for the former Arsenal man.

On the other side of North London, according to some reports, Arsenal are closing in on a deal for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. The Gunners have already had a bid for the forward turned down and are apparently ready to test Liverpool’s resolve with a £40 million offer for the player.

The Gunners also seem to be working on a deal, worth around £21 million, to sign Bernard from Atletico Mineiro. Several reports have suggested the youngster will have a medical in London this week as Arsenal seem to have beaten Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool to the youngster.

Liverpool themselves appear to have been very busy with a reported £18 million offer for Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen. AC Milan were thought to be leading the race for the Dane but Liverpool could well have hijacked the deal at the final moment, tipping the balance in their favour.

Manchester City have made the decision to allow Norwegian Under-21 star Abdisalam Ibrahim to leave the club on a free transfer with Everton, Queens Park Rangers, Newcastle United, Fulham, Crystal Palace, Swansea City and Celtic all thought to be interested in him.

Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku has jumped on the mind games bandwagon, urging the club to sign Wayne Rooney from Manchester United. Lukaku says he would welcome the arrival of Rooney rather than be threatened by it, as he looks to break into the Chelsea first team ahead of the new season.

In life outside the top six, Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has confirmed the club will not be trying to sign Gino Peruzzi. It’s a bizarre twist of circumstance after the 21-year-old full back had seemingly agreed a switch to Sunderland, which was due to go through when the club returned home from a pre-season tour of Asia.

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