Transfer Talk: Featuring Bale, Suarez and Gundogan

Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Southampton, Cardiff, Crystal Palace, Motherwell, Celtic, Borussia Dortmund, and Sochaux all feature.

Tottenham star Gareth Bale returned to the UK today with the rest of the Spurs squad amidst intensifying speculation he is bound for Real Madrid.

The Welshman had suffered a muscle strain which kept him from being involved in the North Londoners’ pre-season plans but he is expect to partake in further plans, despite mounting pressure from the Spanish giants on the club.

According to The Independent, Gareth Bale’s ‘camp’ want Spurs to accept a €100 million world record bid from Real Madrid as his advisors feel the time in right for him to move on from White Hart Lane despite the club’s repeated insistence he is not for sale.

Meanwhile, Tottenham continue in attempts to agree a deal with Valencia for Roberto Soldado. The Spanish striker is the subject of interest and a reported bid from Spurs as negotiations between the two clubs continue.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are intending to ‘delay’ making a new and improved bid for Wayne Rooney, according to ESPN, as the Blues hope that a ‘hostile’ reception from the crowd set for Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial match could sway United to sell him and the player to leave Old Trafford.

Arsenal are ‘preparing’ a third bid for Luis Suarez of Liverpool, according to The Express, understood to be £42.5 million after two initial bids for the 26-year-old striker were rejected by the Merseyside club.

Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh is the subject of interest from Crystal Palace, according to the Daily Mail. The Moroccan ‘cast off’ could be set for a loan move to the London rivals.

Liverpool have approached Benfica for Lorenzo Melgarejo, according to The Guardian. The Paraguayan fullback is intended to increase competition in Brendan Rodgers backline with reports claiming he could be set to switch on a season-long loan move.

Scottish Premier League side Motherwell have signed Estonian striker Henri Anier on loan from Viking Stavanger.

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino insists the club wont sell Rickie Lambert or Gaston Ramirez, despite reported interest for the Saints’ stars.

Cardiff have signed goalkeeper Simon Moore has signed from Brentford whom he could face tomorrow in a pre-season friendly.

Celtic’s Joe Ledley ‘cooled’ rumours of a move to Cardiff and revealed his ‘hopes’ of agreeing a new deal with the Scottish giants.

Elsewhere, Ilkay Gundogan could be set to sign a new contract with Borussia Dortmund, amidst speculation the 22-year-old German midfielder could move abroad after an impressive season with the Champions League finalists.

Finally, French outfit Sochaux have revealed they have received no offers for midfielder Ryad Boudebouz, despite the 23-year-old being linked with a move to Southampton in recent weeks.

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