Gareth Bale insists Tottenham Hotspur to accept Real Madrid’s offer while David Luiz is linked to Bayern Munich.
Bale keen on the Real Madrid move
Ever since being regarded as one of the top football prospects all across the world, Gareth Bale has consistently been linked with a number of clubs during the last two years but time has come or so it seems, for him to take the next big step in his career as Real Madrid have reportedly prepare a magnanimous bid worth €100 M. Sections in the English media suggest Bale and his camp are now forcing Tottenham Hotspur and Daniel Levy to accept this bid and thereby allow him to realize the dream of playing at Santiago Bernabeu.
The outrageous bid that Real Madrid are likely to offer might include Angel Di Maria and Fabio Coentrao moving the other way. Till this point, Daniel Levy and the Spurs management had maintained a clear stand to not entertain any offer for Gareth Bale despite its size but this bid seems too big to ignore and the player’s personal insistence on the transfer can only mean Spurs are at little choice here.
In last two seasons, Bale has been one of the most sought after players all across Europe and has evolved from being a pacy left winger to a much more complete player to operate into a number of attacking positions. At Real Madrid though, the left-wing position is already occupied by Cristiano Ronaldo and there’s little chance to see Bale displace the Portuguese sensation. However, if the reports of Di Maria being traded in the deal are to be believed, Bale might be tried on the other flank to operate as an inverted winger or can also be played further up right behind the striker if Ancelotti is keen on replicating his Milan diamond at Bernabeu.
Bayern linked with Chelsea centre back David Luiz
Post their defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup, it is believed Pep Guardiola is not particularly happy with the squad’s depth in defence and wants to add immediate reinforcements before the season begins. Even in their treble winning season, defence wasn’t Bayern’s strongest point and in order to maintain the success they achieved last season, they’ll certainly need to strengthen the back-line.
Pep Guardiola has been a fan of Chelsea’s David Luiz for a long time as he was interested in signing the Brazilian even during his reign at Barcelona. The Catalans themselves are still interested in Luiz’s services but haven’t exercised any advanced move of late. Guardiola’s arrival has triggered a very active transfer window at Allianz Arena with Bayern having already splashed considerable cash on two of the brightest young talents in Mario Gotze and Thiago Alcantara. Their interest in Luiz seems a very genuine one but it’s hardly likely for Chelsea to consider selling someone who’s been one of their best players during the last season and has matured into a much more composed defender with tremendous ball-playing skills.
Chelsea aren’t a selling club so to speak and unless Bayern put in a bid that is hard to refuse, the Londoners won’t really be tempted to cash in on Luiz. The defender was brought to London from Benfica during the year 2011 for a £25 M fee and it’s reported his current valuation will be somewhere close to £40 M. Bayern can most certainly afford Chelsea’s asking price but whether they actually advance their interest, can only be known in the next few days. They might also face competition from Barcelona as the window reaches its end.
Thiago Silva extends his contract at PSG
Brazil and PSG captain and arguably the best centre-back in the world, Thiago Silva had initially signed a five-year deal for the French champions when he moved from AC Milan a year ago but now it is understood he has extended the contract till the year 2018, further confirming his future to the club amidst the ever-growing speculations with a move to Barcelona. The Spanish champions are in a dire state as far as their defence is concerned and their interest in Thiago Silva has never been a secret. However, the player’s high wages have been a major bone of contention and with this contract extension, even his valuation is likely to go up.
As Carles Puyol enters the twilight phase of his career and Javier Mascherano having failed to inspire confidence, Barcelona clearly need someone much more reliable and established to form a strong partnership at the back with Gerard Pique and despite failing in the race to land the defender last year to PSG, their interest has still not dried up. PSG however, promoting Thiago Silva as the captain of the first team, made their intentions very clear and signaled to the rest of the world the Brazilian is at the heart of their project and that he is not the one to be traded no matter how lucrative the offer might be. This one-year extension of his contract might end all hopes for Barcelona and indeed of any other club interested in the player’s services, at least for the near future.