Friday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Rooney to Arsenal, Tevez to Liverpool?


This morning we are going to take another quick look around Europe to see which transfer rumors have surfaced.

With plenty of big money deals already flying around, and new managers building their squads hurriedly behind the scenes, this summer is set to see plenty of transfer activity.

Let us begin.

Wayne Rooney is the subject of plenty of speculation once again, and it seems as if Arsenal are willing to splash the cash for the Manchester United forward. Chief executive Ivan Gazidis is adamant Rooney’s wages and a transfer fee of around $37 million can be arranged, if Arsene Wenger wants to sign the striker. Arsenal’s transfer policy is set for a change this summer, with the frugal spending to make way big-name signings. At least that is the plan. With Champions League soccer on offer and plenty of young talent, Rooney and other superstars may be looking at the Gunners in a different light. (The Sun)

Liverpool are apparently already preparing for life without Luis Suarez, as Carlos Tevez could be on his way to Anfield. The Manchester City forward only has one year left on his contract at the Etihad and Brendan Rodgers could pounce to sign the Argentinian striker. Tevez, 29, would provide an instant replacement for Suarez and his goalscoring record would certainly help the Reds. With Daniel Sturridge out for most of preseason, recruiting a striker is now of huge importance to Liverpool. A deal for Tevez would be at a knockdown price of $12 million. For a talent who could almost guarantee 15 goals, it’s a no brainer. What could go wrong… (Mirror)

Manchester United’s new manager David Moyes is lining up Uruguayan right back Guillermo Valera as his first signing. The 20-year-old defender had a two week trial with United and impressed, and Moyes has now lodged a $1.8 million bid for the Penarol player. Not exactly breaking the bank, but United’s success in securing young talent is unrivaled and Valera is tipped for big things. The youngster was flying to the UK yesterday to tie up the deal. So is this the way things will go at United? Frugal signings from Moyes and a reliance on homegrown talent? Perhaps. But I would expect to see a few big name arrivals over the summer too. (Daily Express)

The Spanish press have speculated that a whole host of Europe’s top clubs are on “red alert” as Cristiano Ronaldo‘s contract negotiations aren’t going well at Real Madrid. The Portuguese attacker is attracting interest from Manchester United, Manchester City, AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain. He still has two years left on his deal, but plenty of rumors have been surfacing about a possible return to Manchester United. A transfer fee of $90 million could be expected, with the clubs offering Ronaldo $34 million a year to sign on. Can United really afford this? Either way this saga could rumble on all summer. (AS, Spain)

One of Barcelona’s brightest young stars could be heading to the Bundesliga, with 21-year-old Cristian Tello set for a move to either Borussia Dortmund or Schalke. The Barcelona winger is now further down the pecking order, after Brazilian superstar Neymar arrived at the Nou Camp last week. Tello is an incredible talent but like many of Barca’s youngsters, he may have to move on for first team action. So instead of Spain’s top talent looking to England or Italy for a move, is Germany set to become the new place to go? European soccer’s superpowers are shifting towards Deutschland. (Bild, Germany)

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Zlatan confirms Manchester United departure

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed myriad reports he’s leaving Manchester United with a perfectly-Zlatan Instagram message.

Ibrahimovic is expected to join the LA Galaxy next week.

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The words aren’t too important, but Ibrahimovic posted an old graphic of him in Greek god garb, arm-wrestling a devil. So he’s got that going for him, which is nice.

The living Swedish legend, 36, has been limited to seven appearances, one start, and one goal in returning from a season-ending knee injury, but finishes his Manchester United tenure with an impressive 29 goals and 10 assists in 53 games (deduct the seven and one for peak impressiveness).

Bale breaks Wales scoring record

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Gareth Bale has now unquestionably written his name into Wales history.

The 28-year-old Real Madrid scored a hat-trick for Wales in its 6-0 demolition of China, taking his overall tally to 29 goals, breaking Ian Rush’s record.

“It is right up there, maybe as the best,” Bale told reporters after the game. “I suppose when I was a little boy I never dreamed of being a record-breaker for Wales. It is a massive honor. I was not thinking about it, but now it has come it’s an incredible honor and one of the best things I’ve achieved in my career. On a personal note it’s great to break the record, but I could not have done it without my team-mates.”

Bale was unable to carry Wales to the 2018 World Cup, but he first became a National Team legend by helping take Wales to the Euro 2016 semifinals, scoring three goals along the way.

Here’s a look at Bale’s record-breaking goal.

Sporting KC giving away creative “Bike Opara” bobblehead

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In his ninth Major League Soccer season, Ike Opara has scored just a dozen regular season goals.

He’s known more for his physicality in the backline, for creating space for teammates on set pieces, or heading balls on to teammates with slightly more fleeter feet.

But in June 2017, it all came together for Opara in a magical moment, where he beat an offside trap from the LA Galaxy and scored an insane bicycle kick for Sporting Kansas City.

Now, to honor Opara’s ridiculous goal, Sporting KC has announced the first 10,000 fans through the gates at Children’s Mercy Park on March 31 will get a “Bike Ike” bobblehead, with him in flight kicking the ball towards goal over his shoulder.

You’ve gotta love the creativity and fun the Sporting KC marketing department is having. Hopefully, Opara can give the team another memorable goal in 2018.

Van Dijk named new Netherlands captain

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Virgil Van Dijk has had a pretty decent last three months since moving to Liverpool, and the towering defender earned a new personal achievement on Thursday.

Van Dijk was named the newest captain of the Netherlands National Team, where he’ll play under former manager Ronald Koeman. Van Dijk’s first game as captain will be against the nation where he currently plies his trade, England, on Friday.

“I am very happy with it, it is a great honor to be the captain of your country,” van Dijk said at a pre-match press conference Thursday. “Everyone knows that Koeman gave me the chance at Southampton, I am very grateful to him. This is very special.”

Van Dijk’s commanding presence in the Liverpool backline and previous stops at Southampton and Celtic make him an obvious choice for captain, taking the place of the now-retired Arjen Robben. At just 26-years old, van Dijk could carry the armband for a half dozen years if he keeps up his strong form.