Top transfer rumours: Real Madrid line up £25m Wayne Rooney bid, Arsenal target Rodrigo, Lescott reaches City limit

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Today's rumours and half-truths are wrapped up in a snood and massive fur-lined parka. It's fresh out there…

Real Madrid feel that Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale aren't quite doing the business up front at the moment, so they're preparing a £25m "summer swoop" for Manchester United and England star Wayne Rooney. The greedy so-and-sos. (Telegraph)

Wes Hoolahan wants out but Norwich won't let him go. (ITV)

If Man Utd lose interest in Juan Mata (or, more likely, Chelsea won't play ball), Atletico Madrid will strike by offering a two-for-one deal for striker Diego Costa and full-back Filipe Luis. (Telegraph)

Arsenal, Zenit and Valencia are scrapping it out over Benfica striker Rodrigo. (Express)

Lacina Traore is oh-so-close to a move to Goodison Park. (ITV)

Micah Richards' straight man, aka Joleon Lescott, will be allowed to leave Manchester City before the end of the transfer window – but only if boss Manuel Pellegrini can find a suitable replacement. (Guardian)


Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott remained tight-lipped about his future after last night's 3-0 win at West Ham. #MCFC