Real Madrid have slapped an £85 million price tag on Gareth Bale as Manchester United continue to monitor the winger’s situation in Spain, reports the Daily Mirror.
Bale has struggled with injuries throughout his time in Madrid, and the Bernabeu board are apparently ready to cash in before his value begins to decline.
Now 28, the Welshman is still a huge asset to Zinedine Zidane’s side when fit, but sadly calf and thigh problems have sidelined him for much of the season.
That hasn’t put off United, however, who are joined in expressing an interest by Bale’s former side Tottenham along with Chelsea.
It’s likely a deal will be thrashed out next summer, when it might be possible to negotiate a lower fee depending on how much Bale is involved between now and the end of the campaign.
Messi Contacts Neymar In Attempt To Stop Him Joining Real Madrid
Lionel Messi has been in contact with Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar in an attempt to stop him joining Real Madrid, according to reports.
Recent speculation has suggested that the Brazilian is unhappy at the Ligue 1 club due to Unai Emery’s playing style and a feud with Edinson Cavani
However, Neymar dismissed any possibility of moving to Real Madrid from PSG on Friday – but reports in Spain suggest that he could return to La Liga further into the future.
Don Balon claims that Messi has been in touch with his former team-mate in case the rumours are true in an attempt to stop him from moving to the Bernabeu.
It is understood that the pair remain close, despite Neymar’s controversial move to France, and that Messi contacted him via WhatsApp as he is worried that Neymar could return to Spain to play for their arch-rivals.
Zaha To Replace Sanchez?
Arsenal haven’t had to look very far to find a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, according to The Sun.
The Gunners are preparing to raid London rivals Crystal Palace for Wilfried Zaha, who has maintained last year’s fine form despite the Eagles’ problems this term.
Zaha, who was capped twice by England in friendly matches before switching his allegiance to Ivory Coast, has scored twice so far this season — including the winner against Chelsea — to follow his tally of seven goals and nine assists in 2016-17.
The 25-year-old’s performances have alerted Arsene Wenger, who is now plotting a £35m move for the former Manchester United winger.
With Alexis tipped to join Manchester City either in January or when his contract expires next summer, Zaha could be the man to fill the Chilean’s boots at the Emirates.
Juventus To Charm Can
Juventus are stepping up their efforts to sign Liverpool contract rebel Emre Can by instructing his Germany teammate Sami Khedira to entice the midfielder over the international break.
The Italian champions are desperate for Can to join them when his deal expires in June, and the Daily Mirror claims that his friendship with Khedira could play a crucial role in transfer talks.
The 23-year-old is reluctant to commit his future to Liverpool unless the club include a release clause in their contract offer, with the Reds thus far refusing to agree to Can’s demands.
Barcelona To Sell Three Stars To Help Pave Way For Coutinho
Barcelona will cash in on three midfielders to free up space and funds to sign Philippe Coutinho in January, according to reports in Spain.
The Brazilian playmaker remains a prime target for the La Liga giants when the transfer window reopens in just over six weeks’ time and hopes remain high at the Nou Camp that they can finally tempt Liverpool into selling the player.
Both Coutinho and Ajax teenager Matthijs De Ligt are key targets for Barca in January and Mundo Deportivo claims they will free up both funds and space in their squad for the duo by moving on midfielders of Rafinha, Denis Suarez and Arda Turan.
Brazil international Rafinha, who is currently injured, wants to leave the club in search of first-team action elsewhere ahead of next summer’s World Cup. Barca are aware of this but are unsure whether to sell him permanently or loan him out instead.
Former Manchester City man Suarez, meanwhile, rejected a move to Napoli last summer in order to succeed at the Nou Camp and is not considering leaving the club in January.
Turkey midfielder Arda does not form part of coach Ernesto Valverde’s first-team plans and is attracting interest from his former club Galatasaray, while Arsenal have also been linked. Others
Real Madrid are frustrated by Gareth Bale’s injury problems and could consider selling the 28-year-old, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham interested in the Wales forward. (Mirror)
Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard, 26, is Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane’s number one transfer target for next summer. (Sunday Express)
Juventus are stepping up their efforts to sign Liverpool’s 23-year-old Germany midfielder Emre Can. (Mirror)
Arsenal are planning a £35m bid to sign Crystal Palace’s Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha, 25, as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez. (Sun)
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, 45, is a target for Manchester United and Paris-St Germain. (Sunday Express)
Burnley manager Sean Dyche is favourite to become Everton manager as Watford boss Marco Silva wants to stay with the Hornets. (Sunday Times – subscription required)
Manchester United have agreed to sell 29-year-old Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini to Besiktas for £8m in January. (Mirror)
West Ham’s new manager David Moyes wants to sign Liverpool’s 25-year-old striker Danny Ings on loan. (Sun)
Hammers striker Javier Hernandez struggled for first-team football under David Moyes when the pair were at Manchester United but the Scot has assured the 29-year-old he has a future at the club. (Observer)
But West Ham forward Javier Hernandez has suffered a suspected hamstring injury playing for Mexico. (Daily Mail)
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, 31, says he has no regrets about staying with the Gunners and not joining Everton, West Ham or Marseille. (Sunday Telegraph)
Newcastle United are interested in signing Besiktas’ 26-year-old Turkey striker Cenk Tosun, but the Istanbul club’s valuation of the player is too high. (Evening Chronicle)
Chelsea’s France midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 23, suffered an injury in training at the club on Friday. (Sun)
Leicester City striker Demarai Gray, 21, says his development was stifled by previous Foxes managers Craig Shakespeare and Claudio Ranieri. (Leicester Mercury)
Real Madrid would like to sign Paris St-Germain’s Brazil striker Neymar, 25, next summer. (Marca)
Neymar broke down and cried before walking out of a news conference following Brazil’s 3-1 victory over Japan. (Independent)
Argentina defender Javier Mascherano, 33, says he may leave Barcelona at the end of the season. (La Nacion – in Spanish)
According to the Daily Mirror, Marouane Fellaini will leave Manchester United in January after an £8m deal was agreed with Besiktas. Jose Mourinho has apparently been told he must sell players before being given funds to strengthen his squad and Fellaini, whose contract expires next year, will be the first to be shown the door.
Matthijs de Ligt leads Barcelona’s list of defensive targets after Javier Mascherano hinted that this could be his final season at the Nou Camp, according to Mundo Deportivo. De Ligt is still only 18 but impressed in his breakthrough year at Ajax last season and has already been capped twice by the Netherlands.
David Moyes is planning to swoop for Liverpool striker Danny Ings when the transfer window opens in January, reports The Sun. The former Burnley forward has seen his Anfield career blighted by injuries and is thought to be available on loan.
Kevin Mirallas is another name on Moyes’ shortlist, claims the Daily Mirror. The new West Ham boss signed the winger for Everton five years ago and is keen on bringing him to the London Stadium in January.