ROONEY TO STAY OR GO...WHO KNOWS
The big gossip on Sunday is that Chelsea are preparing a third and final bid of £40million for Wayne Rooney, who is apparently still keen to quit Manchester United.
The striker chipped in with two assists at Swansea on Saturday, but according to The Times Rooney still believes he can win a move to Stamford Bridge before the end of the transfer window. The Times also claim that Rooney would 'consider a move to the Emirates' as Arsenal search for an alternative to Luis Suarez.
'Moyes is still firm in his position on Rooney, maintaining his player is "not for sale" but Rooney is hopeful the manager...could be persuaded to change that stance if United make some signings before the end of the window and if a bid in excess of £40m was lodged,' report The Times.
'Rooney sees the greater stumbling block to his departure as being United's chief executive, Ed Woodward, who has declined to entertain talks with the player or his representatives and has upset Rooney with a lofty stance that there is no reason to address Rooney's situation until close to the end of his contract.'
The other view on Rooney, propagated by the Daily Mail, is that the striker has finally accepted he won't be allowed to join Chelsea and will stay at Old Trafford for another season.
'Though desperate to play for Jose Mourinho, Rooney has knuckled down to getting himself fit after missing United's pre-season games through injury,' report the Mail.
Of course, there's also that photograph of Rooney doing the rounds, in which he's left isolated while his teammates celebrate Robin van Persie's second goal against Swansea. That must mean he's leaving, right?
CHELSEA EYE LEWANDOWSKI
Although it appears Robert Lewandowski has already agreed to join Bayern Munich next summer, the Sunday People are reporting that Chelsea will move for the striker if their latest bid for Rooney is rejected.
The People's report claims Chelsea will lodge a £40million offer for Rooney 'within the next 48 hours' and, should United still insist the striker is not for sale, Jose Mourinho will turn his attention to Lewandowski.
The Poland international is in the last year of his contract and has expressed his desire to join Bayern in 12 months' time, but 'Chelsea know that Dortmund WILL sell to them at £40m now - it's great money and would be a huge snub to their hated Bundesliga rivals.'
The fact that the People have written 'WILL' in capitals doesn't leave us any more convinced about this story.
UNITED WANT OZIL AND KAKA
Forgive our poor Spanish as we try to decipher Mundo Deportivo's report on Manchester United's latest transfer targets.
We think the Spanish paper is claiming that David Moyes has set his sights on Mesut Ozil and Kaka but...no...that can't be right, surely? For €55million?
No, it seems our Spanish is worse than we thought.
...AND FELLAINI AND BAINES AND...
According to the Mirror, United will 'launch a bid to sign Marouane Fellaini on the cheap this week', putting David Moyes 'on collision course with his old club Everton.'
We find Moyes' reported motives particularly odd, however. Earlier in the summer it was made clear that Fellaini had a release clause in the region of £23million, which Moyes failed to activate before it expired on July 31 as he believed he could negotiate a cheaper deal.
'Now midfielder-hungry United will table an £18m bid, well below the valuation in Fellaini's contract,' report the Mirror.
Can anyone explain to us why Everton, who are renowned for demanding high prices (see Lescott, Joleon), would allow Fellaini to leave for just £3million more than they paid for him, despite the midfielder improving markedly during his time at Goodison?
If this comes off, even Daniel Levy would doff his cap to Moyes. If it doesn't, well, United fans might be worried about their new manager's inexplicable approach to negotiations.
AND THE REST
Liverpool are close to agreeing a deal for Willian...the Reds are also battling Arsenal for Atletico Madrid winger Arda Turan...Fulham boss Martin Jol suffered a shock during his attempts to sign Tottenham's England midfielder, Scott Parker...Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal are all attempting to bring 17-year-old PSV Eindhoven winger Zakaria Bakkali to the Premier League...
Newcastle players and staff fear Alan Pardew is already fighting to save his job...Liverpool are keen to sign teenage wonder boy Richairo Zivkovic...Paolo Di Canio is ready to wheel and deal again after Sunderland lost their opening game...Arsenal will be told to pay £25million to make Michu their transfer Plan B/C...Crystal Palace have launched a £2million bid for Nancy winger Yohan Mollo...
Luka Modric wants to become Manchester United's star signing...Gareth Bale is fuming at claims he is giving Spurs the silent treatment...Paolo Di Canio insists Stephane Sessegnon is not leaving the Stadium of Light...Tottenham are slugging it out with Southampton for Pablo Osvaldo...Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea are eyeing a move for Radamel Falcao after reports suggested Monaco may be forced to sell the player after a dispute over their tax status...
Sunderland have switched their sights to Juventus left-back Paolo De Ceglie after missing out on Aly Cissokho...West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is showing interest in Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo as he tries to beef up his attack...Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak is looking at options for a return to Russia...Newcastle director of football Joe Kinnear has been offered wing wonder Jefferson Montero - but Crystal Palace lead the chase for the Ecuador ace.