Transfer rumours

Real Madrid are destined to dominate the transfer market this summer, with Fabio Capello building his squad and deciding who to let go. The latest to join is Manchester United's Van Nistelrooy, who rejoins his old team mate David Beckham at the Bernabeu. "Van the man" has not yet been given a shirt number, and some pundits are saying that they could be waiting for Ronaldo to move on to give him the number 9? Others are more likely to leave than the Brazilian striker though, with Roberto Carlos reportedly on his way to Turkey to sign for Fenerbahce, and Gravesen also being confirmed as "transferable" with a €3 millon price tag. As usual many names are being touted around for possible new signings, with Arsenal's Reyes apparently back on the shopping list after the chances of signing Kaká and Robben looking more remote every day.

Van Nistelrooy's signing could open the door for Fernando Torres to move to Old Trafford, even though "El Niño" has said he is not leaving. Atlético have just tied up Valencia's Mista though, and with Agüero and Kezman also on board there does seem to be a bit of over-booking up front. And if Man U (who are also close to signing Marcos Senna) say no, AC Milan are also waiting in the wings now they are back in the Champions League. Talking of Valencia, they have just agreed terms to sell Pablo Aimar on to Zaragoza, a move which doesn't appear to be very popular with their fans, and Rufete has left for Espanyol. Kluivert will probably be moving on and Di Vaio is unlikely to come back, which just leaves Villa and Morientes up front (with the versatile Angulo as a possible back up), so they are currently making a bid for Espanyol's Luis García. They are also close to signing on Simao, and with Gavilán and Silva back in the fold and Vicente (hopefully) over his injury, at least they will have enough wingers this season. (29.07.06)