Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Soccer: Ronaldo and Bale for United, Rooney out?

The latest and hottest soccer gossip as the season gets under way is spicy to say the least: as Manchester United enters the fray to sign Tottenham's Gareth Bale, rumour has it that Cristiano Ronaldo might be rejoining United, while Rooney could start the season back in blue, but at Chelsea FC under José Mourinho.

As the season opens in France and Germany, and in England Manchester United winning the Charity Shield in England beating Wigan 2-0 with both goals from Robin van Persie, the soccer transfer market is marked with frantic activity but hotter still are the gossip columns.

Top of the list of hot stories is Tottenham Hotspur striker Gareth Bale, who is in the sights of Real Madrid and now, Manchester United, whose Wayne Rooney has been increasingly linked to a move southwards to Chelsea FC where he will play under José Mourinho. Chelsea has also been named as a possible destination foe Samuel Eto'o, currently playing at Anzhi Makachkala in the Russian Premier League. Inter Milan and Napoli are also rivals for the Cameroon striker, 32 years of age.

Another name linked to United is Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, and especially after Antonio Valencia requested that his shirt number be changed from 7 to 25 this season. The question is, does United have 200 million pounds to splash out on this dual strike force? If so, imagine what a front line sporting van Persie, Ronaldo and Bale could do.

The Suarez saga continues at Liverpool, where the Uruguayan ace states he has no possibility of playing since his relationship with manager Brendan Rogers has broken down, refusing also to apologise to the team and the club. Luis Suarez says that there was a gentleman's agreement to sell him to a club in the Champions League if Liverpool did not make it.

 Russian Premier League (after 4 games)

FC Spartak Moskva and Rostov FC lead with 10 points apiece after 4 games. CSKA Moskva is one point behind on 8, and on seven points are Zenit and Dinamo in fourth and fifth place. 6 - FC Kuban Krasnodar (6 points); 7 - FC Rubin Kazan (6); 8 - FC Amkar Perm (5); 9 - FC Krasnodar (4, one game less); 10 - FC Lokomotiv Moskva (4, one game less); 11 -  FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod (4); 12- Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast (4); 13 - FC Anzhi Makachkala (2); 14 - Krylya Sovetov Samara (2); 15 - FC Terek Grozny (2); 16 - FC Tom Tomsk (0).

In Ukraine, FC Shakhtar Donetsk leads with 15 points from 5 games; FC Gandzasar leads the Armenian Premier League with 3 points from the first game; in Azerbaijan, three teams share top spot with six points from 2 games, namely Qarabag FK, Neftçi PFK and Qäbälä FK.

In Moldova, two teams share 7 points from the first three matches, FC Zimbru Chisinau and FC Tiraspol.

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey