Tuesday Paper Talk: Rooney, Bale, Suarez latest, Costa transfer stalls

The Gareth Bale/Luis Suarez/Wayne Rooney transfer sagas continue to rumble on on Tuesday with no firm news on any movements. In order to instigate a move the BBC reports Rooney will have to submit a formal transfer request.

Bizarrely, Tottenham have removed Gareth Bale from their new twitter wallpaper. Make of that what you will! Atletico Madrid are adamant that Diego Costa is not for sale and have rejected a rumored £21m bid from Liverpool.

Liverpool in ‘advanced stage’ of selling Martin Skrtel

Daily Star

The Daily Star report that the Liverpool defender wants to move to last seasons Serie A runners up and join former teammate Pepe Reina at Napoli.  The talks are said to be at an advanced stage.

Stewart Downing linked with move to Newcastle

Daily Mail

After being told he can leave Liverpool, the 29-year-old winger is said to be considering his options.  One of those options could be a move to the north-east.  Joe Kinnear is hopeful of concluding a £5million deal.

Chelsea adamant David Luiz is not leaving the club

Daily Mirror

Despite interest from Spanish league champions Barcelona, Jose Mourinho will make it clear the Brazilian is not leaving the club.  No official approach has been made and Mourinho will stand in the way as he sees the centre back as an integral part of his plans.

Rooney prepared to force a move away from Old Trafford

The Guardian

Manchester United’s striker is prepared to issue a formal transfer request to force a move away from the club, with Chelsea the likely destination.

Bale returns to training as Spurs hold out

The Telegraph

Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale has returned to training with the club as Daniel Levy stands firm in what the club require in the face of Real Madrid’s pursuit of the player.  It’s now believed the player wanted in part exchange is striker Álvaro Morato.

Steven N’Zonzi not for sale say Stoke

The Times

The 24-year-old French midfielder has handed in a transfer request to leave the Britannia Stadium.  However Mark Hughes is insisting the player is not for sale.  N’Zonzi still has three years left to run on his current contract.

Arsenal linked with Ligue 2 midfielder


L’Equipe are reporting that Angers midfielder Alharbi El Jadeyaoui could be of interest to Arsene Wenger.  The player had a trial with Blackburn Rovers in 2009.

Atletico Madrid reaffirm their commitment to retain striker Diego Costa

The Independent

Despite a bid from Liverpool of £21.8million that is believed to have triggered a release clause in the Brazilian strikers contract, Atletico Madrid are refusing to sell their frontman.

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