Transfer round-up: Madrid offer Coentrao in Bale part-exchange

Real Madrid are expected to offer the Portuguese defender Fabio Coentrao as part of a proposed world-record transfer deal for Gareth Bale. The Tottenham forward pulled out of his side's squad for last night's 5-2 friendly defeat by Monaco ahead of a potential £105 million move to the Spanish capital.

Details of the fee are yet to be agreed between the two clubs and Coentrao, a left-back or winger who was a late withdrawal from Madrid's squad for their friendly with LA Galaxy in Phoenix on Thursday, may be a makeweight for the deal. In May, the 25‑year-old hinted he was likely to be sold this summer. Coentrao is valued at about £10m and is represented by Jorge Mendes, the same agent as Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea manager.

Asked about Bale's likely switch to his former club, Mourinho yesterday claimed he tried to sign the Welshman during his reign at Madrid. "I asked the club to buy him last season but it was not possible," Mourinho said. "It looks like it is happening this season so I am happy for them because they get a fantastic player. But, of course, the numbers are huge and the kid has to go now and, with pressure, prove that he is worth that investment."

Seattle sign Dempsey

Clint Dempsey, the Tottenham forward, has joined Seattle Sounders in his native United States for a fee in the region of £6m. The 30-year-old only joined Spurs last summer for a similar price from Fulham but is not deemed to be part of manager Andre Villas-Boas' plans.

'Suarez price is too low'

Luis Suarez is worth far more than the £40m that Arsenal have offered for him, according to Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Uruguayan striker was warmly welcomed by a sell-out crowd yesterday for Steven Gerrard's testimonial on his first appearance at Anfield since being banned for biting in April. Although Suarez made a second-half substitute appearance in the 2-0 victory over Olympiacos, his future at Liverpool is still in doubt following reports he is considering legal action over the club's refusal to sell him.

"We are in no hurry to sell Luis or any other player," said Rodgers. "Of course, every player will have a value but you only have to look at the market and the £40m figure... For Gareth Bale they are talking about nine figures. Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez were arguably the two best players in the Premier League last season and you can't say Bale is valued at more than 100 per cent more than Luis."

Fabregas 'must decide'

Gerardo Martino, the Barcelona coach, is confident Cesc Fabregas will spurn interest from Manchester United but says the Spain midfielder will decide his own future. The Catalan club have already rejected bids of £25m and £30m from United. "I would prefer him to stay with us and I dare say he will, but it's his decision," said Martino. "I think he will stay but there's a part that he has to decide – although it's not occurred to me that I won't be able to count on him."

Coventry gloom deepens

Coventry City made a miserable start to their League One campaign following the imposition of a 10-point deduction penalty for going into liquidation. Steven Pressley's side were beaten 3-2 by Crawley Town with Michael Jones scoring the winner six minutes from time. There were minor distrubances in the crowd with a small number of visiting fans invading the pitch.

Perfect start for Coyle

Wigan Athletic raised hopes of an immediate return to the top flight with a 4-0 win at Barnsley in Owen Coyle's first game in charge. Ben Watson opened the scoring in the first half before Grant Holt marked his full debut with a goal shortly after the interval. The rout was completed by Leon Barnett and Shaun Maloney. Barnsley had 10 men for the final 25 minutes after Dale Jennings, their new signing from Bayern Munich, was sent off for a lunge moments after coming off the bench.

Zebroski earns his Newport stripes

Newport County made a spectacular return to the Football League with a 4-1 home win against Accrington Stanley. Chris Zebroski, a new signing, struck twice with Harry Worley and Christian Jolley also scoring in the Welsh side's first game since promotion from the Conference.

Celtic saved by Stokes

Anthony Stokes scrambled in an 87th-minute goal to spare Celtic's blushes and seal a 2-1 win against Ross County on the first day of the Scottish Premier League season. Darren Maatsen put the visitors ahead before Stokes equalised.

News
peopleHere's what Stephen Fry would say
News
i100
Sport
Serena Williams holds the Australian Open title
sportAustralia Open 2015 final report
Sport
footballLive: All the latest from today's Premier League matches
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee