Gareth Bale’s agent has been told by the player to “sound out” Manchester United over a potential summer move and Louis van Gaal is set to return to management.
‘ENRAGED’ REAL STAR BALE LINKED WITH UNITED…AGAIN
“Enraged” Gareth Bale has instructed his agent to court Manchester United after falling out with Real Madrid’s hierarchy, according to a report in Spain.
Spanish news outlet Diario Gol claim Bale is so upset with Florentino Perez and Zinedine Zidane that he has asked his representative Jonathan Barnett to “sound out” United and the possibility of a return to the Premier League.
Bale, 27, has a contract at the Bernabeu untile June 2019 but he is believed to be looking for an extension and so far that has not been forthcoming from the La Liga club.
The forward was also subbed in Real’s 1-1 draw with Villarreal on Wednesday night – a fact which left the Wales star “scowling”.
A Real insider told Diario Gol: “Bale was enraged. He was scowling.”
Jose Mourinho is believed to be secretly keen on a deal for Bale, which would eclipse the £89million they paid fro Paul Pogba this summer.
Bale moved to Real from Tottenham for £85million in 2013 and he has scored 49 goals in 85 games for Los Blancos.
It’s not the first time Bale has been linked with United, but usually it’s Real Madrid on the end of these types of unsettling reports.
VAN GAAL SET FOR WERDER BREMEN POST
Axed Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is set to return to management with Werder Bremen.
Just four months after being sacked at Old Trafford the Dutchman has found a way back into the game with the struggling Bundesliga side.
They are bottom of the table after losing their first four matches, scoring just three goals and conceding 14 and they now want Van Gall to replace Viktor Skrypnyk, who left this week.
Hamburger Abendblatt alleges Van Gaal, who wo the Bundesliga title with Bayern Munich in 2010, will step in for the upcoming relegation battle
The 65-year-old had a year left on his contract at Old Trafford before United officials decided to relieve him of his duties and appoint Jose Mourinho.
AND THE REST
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’s rivalry with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has continued after the United manager said he would like to “break Wenger’s face”. (Daily Mail)
Former Chelsea boss Mourinho almost joined Liverpool in 2004 and was “desperate” to move to Anfield, according to ex-Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy. (Talksport)
Italian giants AC Milan will rival Manchester United for the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Isco, 24. (Calciomercato.com)
Nigerian businessman Aliko Dangote – ranked by Forbes magazine as the richest person in Africa – says he would like to buy Arsenal “within three or four years”. (Daily Mail)
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri says rumours linking midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 26, with a return to Manchester United is good news for the Foxes. (FourFourTwo)
Ryan Giggs appears open to the idea of beginning his management career at Swansea, if the club’s American owners decide to part company with Francesco Guidolin. (Independent & Times)
Arsenal are growing increasingly concerned about the fitness of Aaron Ramsey after the midfielder was ruled out of this weekend’s Premier League visit of Chelsea with a hamstring injury. (Independent)
Yaya Toure will be allowed to join a rival Premier League club if he leaves Manchester City during the January transfer window. (Independent)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes the club should have got more money for former forward Raheem Sterling than the £49m paid by Manchester City. (Various)
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will make another bid to sign Juventus and Italy centre-back Leonardo Bonucci in the January transfer window following Vincent Kompany’s latest injury blow. (Star)
Wayne Rooney has hit back at his critics, claiming those who want him to be dropped by Manchester United are talking “rubbish”. (Express)
Everton boss Ronald Koeman reiterates that striker Oumar Niasse has no future at Goodison Park, despite only joining the club for £13.5m in January. (Express)
Manchester United bigwigs reportedly want Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos but Jose Mourinho isn’t too keen. (Star)
Sunderland defender Patrick van Aanholt, 25, was pictured smoking a shisha pipe a month before he was withdrawn from his side’s starting line-up over health fears. (Sun)
Emmanuel Adebayor has denied claims he smoked cigarettes and asked for whisky in his coffee during a meeting with Lyon over a potential move to the French club. (Guardian)
Wilfried Bony’s attitude is being questioned by his Stoke City team-mates, just three week’s after the striker, 27, joined on loan from Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has reiterated that Senegalese striker Oumar Niasse, 26, who signed for £13.5m in January, has no future at the club. (Daily Express)
Tottenham full-back Danny Rose, 26, says manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy were major influences in his decision to extend his contract at White Hart Lane. (Evening Standard)
Andres Iniesta, 32, says not even an offer from Pep Guardiola could dissuade him from ending his career at Barcelona – the Manchester City boss managed Iniesta for four seasons at the Nou Camp. (Goal.com)
Argentina manager Edgardo Bauza says Barcelona “do not look after Lionel Messi very well” after the forward, 29, was ruled out of his country’s forthcoming World Cup qualifiers through injury. (Fox Sports)
West Brom will not offer former Arsenal and Crystal Palace striker Marouane Chamakh a contract at the club. The Morocco international had been on trial with the Baggies. (Sky Sports)