Paper Talk: Bale offered Man Utd escape; Everton striker move stalls

Date published: Tuesday 2nd January 2018 8:21

Manchester United are ready to offer a Real Madrid superstar a £50million escape route, while a Juventus ace is set to snub Chelsea and sign a new deal in Turin, according to Tuesday’s papers.



Manchester United have reportedly offered Gareth Bale a return to the Premier League, if he calls it a day at Real Madrid this summer.

The Wales attacker has suffered another injury-plagued campaign at the Bernabeu and is said to have missed more than 300 days at the club through his injury issues.

United, however, are still keen on bringing him back to England and the Daily Express (via Don Balon) claims that the Red Devils are prepared to pay £50million for the 28-year-old.

Jose Mourinho’s men will face competition from Bale’s former club Tottenham, who are also reportedly keen on bringing back the winger after he made his name on the bigger stage in north London.

Spurs are looking to land a marquee signing to celebrate the start of life in their new stadium next season and see Bale as the ideal addition – although not at the expense of star striker Harry Kane, as has been reported.


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Man Utd have been boosted in their pursuit of £54million Napoli left-back Faouzi Ghoulam (The Sun)

Everton’s deal to sign Cenk Tosun from Besiktas is in danger of collapsing after an 11th-hour twist over the fee (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea’s hopes of convincing 33-year-old Italy centre-back Giorgio Chiellini to move to Stamford Bridge have suffered a setback after he hinted at extending his contract with Juventus (Sky Italia)

Manchester United are ready to send forward James Wilson out on loan (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool will demand an “astronomical” fee from Barcelona before they consider selling 25-year-old Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho (Daily Telegraph)

Napoli are close to agreeing a £27million deal for Manchester United target Alex Grimaldo (The Sun)

Borussia Monchengladbach have launched a £10m bid for West Ham defender Reece Oxford (The Sun)

Stoke City have sent scouts to watch highly-coveted Celtic striker Moussa Dembele (The Sun)

Wilfried Zaha says he is staying at Crystal Palace beyond the January transfer window (The Sun)

Reports that Liverpool would sue Nike over their Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona gaffe have turned out to be false (The Sun)

David Beckham has earned a whopping £40,000 per day from his business empire over the last two years (The Sun)

Aitor Karanka wants a “good project” in England as he leads the chase for the Nottingham Forest job (The Sun)

Watford are considering a £3m swoop for Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita (The Sun)

Arsenal and Liverpool have received a boost over target Leon Goretzka after the Schalke star’s agent denied he is ready to move to Bayern Munich (The Sun)

Wolves defender Kortney Hausse is a target for Huddersfield and Watford (The Sun)

Besiktas have increased their asking price for Cenk Tosun to £27m as Everton lodge an offer (Daily Mail)

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will make a 6000-mile round trip to the African Footballer of the Year awards just 24 hours before the Merseyside derby (Daily Mail)

Barcelona are ready to give Samuel Umtiti a new contract to ward off Manchester United and City interest (Daily Mail)

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has passionately defended Wilfried Zaha after the Football Association decided not to take action against the forward for the controversial penalty awarded against Manchester City on Sunday (Daily Mail)

Swansea are keen on West Ham’s unsettled striker Diafra Sakho, but may need to consider bids for centre-back Alfie Mawson or midfielder Ki Sung-yeung to make a deal for the 28-year-old Frenchman happen (The Guardian)

Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son has not been receiving the praise he deserves because it all goes to Harry Kane (Daily Telegraph)

Kevin De Bruyne has received a positive update on his fitness and is likely to return to action for Manchester City sooner than first feared (The Times)

Huddersfield have made an approach to sign Monaco’s 23-year-old Netherlands defender Terence Kongolo on loan (Huddersfield Examiner)

Thierry Henry has urged Moussa Dembele to quit Celtic and Scottish football for the big time (Daily Record)

John Souttar wants to stay loyal to Hearts and repay the faith shown in him as he shuts out talk of a move to England this month (Daily Record)


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