All the latest news and gossip hitting the headlines in Wales, as Gareth Bale gets a special visitor
Florentino Pérez ha estado hoy en el entrenamiento del Real Madrid. pic.twitter.com/taG9MFtxUY— Diario Bernabéu (@DiarioBernabeu) July 15, 2014
A round-up of all the footballing news and transfer stories involving Wales, as Swansea and Cardiff continue to be linked with signings.
1. Bale gets visit from Real Madrid President
Gareth Bale returned to training with Real Madrid on Monday evening, and was greeted by the club’s President as he began preparations for the new season.
Florentino Pérez was in attendance to welcome the likes of Bale, Diego Lopez and the outgoing Alvaro Morata back to training following their summer holidays.
2. Ki Sung-Yeung facing three options for his future
Swansea star Ki Sung-Yeung is at the centre of a transfer tug of war, with three clubs vying for his signature.
Swans Chairman Huw Jenkins has reportedly said he wants to sign the Korean on a long-term contract, while Sunderland have joined Aston Villa in the chase for his services according to the media in the North East.
Ki spent last season on loan with the Black Cats, and was an integral part of Gus Poyet’s side that miraculously survived relegation to the Championship.
3. Cardiff chasing Southampton defender
Bluebirds boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has supposedly been chasing Fonte all summer, after having an initial bid of £3million turned down.
The Norwegian is expected to further pursue the defender, as he looks to replace the departing Steven Caulker in time for the new season.
4. Marseille join race for Gary Medel
French outfit Marseille are considering an approach for Cardiff midfielder Gary Medel, according to Wales Online.
Medel has seen his stock rise following a solid World Cup campaign with Chile, with the Ligue 1 side now reportedly interested in his services.
The 26-year-old is thought to be in talks with Italian giants Inter Milan, with the club weighing up either a purchase or a loan move for him.
5. Bluebirds want Bolton winger
Cardiff have also been linked with Bolton winger Lee Chung-Yong, with Solskjaer considering a bid of around £2m say the Daily Mail.
The Korean would add some natural width to Cardiff’s squad, following the retirement of Craig Bellamy and the expired loanee in Wilfried Zaha.