Manchester City line up £40m bid for Spurs ace Gareth Bale
Welsh wizard could quit Spurs in the summer, City to offer cash and Adebayor
HARRY REDKNAPP may be staying at Spurs but if he doesn't get them into the Champions League then he might be on his own. It has emerged that Gareth Bale, Tottenham's number one asset, could be on his way out of White Hart Lane if he is not playing in Europe's elite club competition next season, and that could trigger a mass exodus.
The Welsh wing wizard has been linked with Barcelona, and now it appears he is on Roberto Mancini's summer wishlist at Manchester City. Publicly, Mancini is playing down the chances of landing the player, valued at £40m. BCiut beind the scenes moves are afoot and according to the Daily Mail, City are preparing a player-plus-cash deal including on-loan striker Emmanuel Adebayor.
City will sweeten the pill of leaving for Bale by offering a deal worth £30m over five years.
As Liverpool limber up for tomorrow's FA Cup Final against Chelsea rumours are mounting that the Reds will be making Fulham a summer offer for Clint Dempsey.
The American attacking midfielder has been on sparkling form this season for the Cottagers, prompting speculation that the 29-year-old will be looking to move onwards and upwards in the off season.
Arsenal have already been linked with Dempsey but in an interview with goal.com Liverpool chairman Tom Werner hinted that they too are taking a keen interest in him: "We are hard at work identifying transfer targets to help us continue to improve the squad," said Werner who, when pressed on the question of the American, replied: "We never talk publicly about our transfer targets. However, any team would be lucky to have Clint Dempsey playing on their squad."
Meanwhile, as Arsenal captain and goal-getter Robin van Persie collected the Football Writers' Player of the Year award at a star-studded ceremony last night, the Dutch striker gave the strongest indication yet that he will be signing on for another term at the Emirates.
The ceremony at the plush London Lancaster Hotel was attended by the game's Great and the Good - although Transfer Talk's invite must have been delayed in the post - and on receiving his award for scoring 35 goals this season Van Persie said: "Arsenal is an unbelievable club. The player I am today is because of Arsenal."
Asked if he was intending to sign a new contract in the summer he replied: "That is still the plan. We haven't set a date but I will have a meeting with the boss like we did before now. We will be having a meeting about my future."
But from Spain comes news that will send a shudder through every Gooner in town. According to Spanish media Real Madrid, just hours after winning their 32nd La Liga title, have already started planning for next season and top of their shopping list is Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen.
Apparently Real boss Jose Mourinho wants 26-year-old Vermaelen, who joined Arsenal from Ajax in 2009, brought to the Bernabeu to replace the ageing Ricardo Carvalho.
Carvalho's contract expires next month and well-placed sources in Spain say he won't be offered an extension. Rather, Real Madrid will make Arsenal an irresistible offer for Vermaelen who is believed to have caught the eye of Zinedine Zidane (who acts as a special adviser to Real) this season. The uncertainty of Vermaelen's future at Arsenal may also explain why compatriot Jan Vertonghen appears to have gone cool on the idea of joining the club with latest reports indicating that the Belgian's agent has been in contact with Spurs.
Meanwhile Manchester United's season may be crumbling like a packet of Weetabix on its way to China but that hasn't stopped the Red Devils enticing Borussia Dortmund playmaker Shinji Kagawa to Old Trafford. According to Talksport the Japanese ace is refusing to put pen to paper and sign a new deal with the German champions because he "has his heart set" on a move to Manchester United.
Borussia president Michael Zorc told Talksport that: "Shinji is going to play in England because he has officially rejected our offer of a new contract." It's believed United will pay £7m for the 23-year-old Kagawa as they face the prospect of finishing the season with a trophy cabinet as empty as Lauren Socha's agenda. ·