On this day: Casillas talks up Bale one year on from Modric praise

On the 30th July 2012 what were the stories that dominated the football landscape? Including Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid and Sunderland.

With transfer rumours and gossip galore this morning revolving around the likes of Fabregas, Suarez, Bale Rooney and pretty much everyone who is anyone sometimes it is nice to take a break from it all.

So to do so I am casting back to this exact day, the 30th July 2013, but a year earlier.

What were the main transfer tales from that day? What big events were happening in Premier League football?

Here are some of the big scoops from the 30th July 2012…

Thank Juve-ry much!

This summer it is Higuain, Suarez and Bale - but last summer it was Arsenal captain Robin van Persie who dominated the headlines.

After admitting he wanted to leave the Gunners he was being linked with plenty of teams - with Manchester City, Juventus and Manchester United the front-runners for his coveted signature.

And on this day 12 months ago it seemed City were out of the running - and United were about to be blown out of it by Juventus.

The Turin club were ready to offer RvP a massive wage packet and it seemed the Italian outfit had taken the lead in the chase for the Dutch international.

Two weeks later he signed for Manchester United.

Casillas the catalyst

History repeating itself? Real Madrid using the playbook? Today - Iker Casillas has been singing the praises of Gareth Bale.

A year ago to the day the goalkeeper and Madrid icon was doing the exact same thing - but for Luka Modric.

A month later the Croatian was a Real Madrid player.

Will Real Madrid’s tactics work again?

No, £15m … OK 12.

It was on this day that Sunderland first started making moves for Wolves striker Steven Fletcher. The Scotland international was the subject of a £12 million bid on this day - a bid that was rejected by the recently relegated outfit.

They wanted £15 million for the player - but they didn’t get it. In the end Wolves realised they had to sell and approaching the end of August they accepted a £12 million bid for the player who duly signed for The Mackems.

Also in the news that day …

- The Nuri Sahin mess got messier as AC Milan joined the reckoning. Although it looked as if Arsenal were on the verge of signing the Turkish international. 

- Chelsea were chasing Edinson Cavani as they desperately sought after a Didier Drogba replacement. Some might argue they still haven’t got one a year down the line.


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