Tottenham Hotspur insist on adding Morata in the deal for Gareth Bale, Manchester United reject second bid for Wayne Rooney, while Critiano Ronaldo signs new a new contract with Real Madrid.
Spurs want Morata in cash plus player Bale deal
Tottenham and Real Madrid may not have reached a conclusive agreement on the Gareth Bale transfer but Spurs insist that for any deal to happen, Real Madrid prodigy Alvaro Morata must be included in the cash plus player payment for Bale. Madrid had originally rejected Spurs’ demand to include Morata in the deal as they see him as the future star at the Bernabeu, but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is playing hard ball by saying that Spain U-21 striker Morata must be included in addition to £87 million if Madrid want to secure Bale’s services this season.
This looks to be a typically shrewd move on Levy’s part and will test Madrid’s resolve. The answer to Spurs’ demand will indicate how far Madrid are willing to go in the protracted transfer saga. Morata is a very promising youngster at Madrid and his possible departure might further tarnish Florentino Perez’s claimed reputation of not bringing up youth players through the Real Madrid academy. Morata impressed in La Liga last season when he turned out impressive performances, notable against Barcelona. He also took the U-21 tournament by storm as he top scored despite starting most games from the bench. Should Madrid be forced to give in to Spurs’ demand, they should be making a move for another striker as Karim Benzema would remain the only recognized striker on the Madrid team. A move for Luis Suarez might then be made.
For Spurs Morata seems to be a good option to play alongside new signing Roberto Soldado, who was officially unveiled today as a Spurs player. Both Morata and Soldado are Spanish, very talented and could easily fit into the big man-little man striker combination as Andre Villas Boas prepares for life without Gareth Bale by turning out a 4-4-2 formation. Morata could be to Spurs what Fabregas was to Arsenal and although he might take time to adjust to the more physical Premier League, his undoubted quality is bound to shine through.
United Reject second Chelsea bid for Rooney
Manchester United have rejected an improved bid from Chelsea for striker Wayne Rooney. The bid is thought to be in the region of £30 million. United have stuck to their stance of Rooney not being up for sale. However, Rooney has not been included in United’s squad for the friendly in Sweden and is thought to be handing in a transfer request to force his way out.
Mourinho has been a self confessed fan of the England forward and has guaranteed him a starting position in his preferred striker role, something David Moyes has not been able to assure. Chelsea remains the most preferred destination for Rooney, with the London club being short on world class striking options. Rooney would fit the bill perfectly and could play the sole striker role he covets so much, having played it to great success in Manchester United’s 2009-10 season.
Moyes has so far stuck to his initial chord of sticking with Rooney in the team, but has not given the striker assurances that he will be the top striker at the club for the coming season. United might be holding out for more cash for Rooney by rejecting Chelsea’s improved offer. Mourinho is expected come back with a final offer before the transfer window ends to test United’s resolve. Tactically, having a difficult Rooney in the squad would not be an ideal situation and Moyes should consider selling him if a bid in the region of £40 million is made. With United’s focus clearly on Robin van Persie, Moyes should look to strengthen the squad in midfield as Shinji Kagawa takes up a role playing just behind van Persie next season.
Ronaldo signs new Madrid deal
Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly signed a new five-year deal with Real Madrid worth £75million to keep him at the club for the rest of his career. The Portuguese star was linked to a return to his former hunting ground at Old Trafford should Gareth Bale complete his move to Madrid, but it looks like Ronaldo is set to play with Bale in what looks to be the most feared attack in world football today. This new five year deal essentially keeps Ronaldo at Madrid till the time he turns 33.
By signing the new deal, Ronaldo will earn £900,000 more than Lionel Messi, making him the highest paid player in Spain. Having paid £80 million for Ronaldo in 2009, Madrid would not want to let go of him easy and they have made their intentions clear with this new contract. This sets up the mouth watering possibility of watching Ronaldo and Bale play in tandem on opposite wings. With Ronaldo cutting in from the left and Bale from the right, defenses in La Liga are in for a torrid time and fans of El Clasico must be waiting impatiently for the biggest match in the world.
This news also spells danger for Angel Di Maria who would slip down the pecking order, with Ronaldo and Bale playing together. Di Maria has expressed his desire to stay at Madrid but would need to evaluate his options if Bale were to take his place on the Madrid right wing. Carlo Ancelotti is definitely spoilt for choices as he could go with 2-3 different approaches to line up his offence. Ronaldo and Bale can both play in the centre or on either wing and should do very well on the ends of a front three attacking line up.