Gareth Bale could be heading to Tottenham in a £54m deal, while Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has eyes on a Liverpool star with a view to signing him on loan, according to Tuesday’s papers.
SPURS WILLING TO SPEND £54M ON BALE
Tottenham look set to offer Gareth Bale an exit from Real Madrid – and have agreed to pay the Spanish giants the £54m asking price, claim reports.
The Wales winger is set to leave the Bernabeu this summer after becoming surplus to requirements under Zinedine Zidane.
Despite a lack of interest in his services so far, Spurs look ready to welcome their former player home and are primed to make a move. However, as with all these things, there is a catch….
Bale is currently earning a reported £600,000-a-week and, unsurprisingly doesn’t want to leave the LaLiga giants and is happy to see out his contract, which runs until 2022.
And while Tottenham are happy to pay the reduced €60m asking price for his services, the Daily Express claims they have made it clear to his agent Jonathan Barnett that they can’t afford to match his wages. The report says, even at a push, Bale would have to consider a minimum 50% drop in wages to make the move.
It all looks set to leave Los Blancos with a difficult decision to make and they may have to pay the player up to force his exit at the Bernabeu.
Having spent over £250m on players this summer, including new signings Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo, the club are desperate to claw some of that outlay back – but it could end up costing them a sizeable portion of their Bale sale to rid themselves of the Welshman.
Bale managed to score eight goals and chipped in with three assists in 29 La Liga appearances last season as Real finished third behind champions Barcelona and city rivals Atletico.
And Bale is not the only player set to leave Real this week, with a deal to take James Rodriguez to Atletico likely to go through for €42m (£38m).
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AND THE REST
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa attended Liverpool’s pre-season clash with Bradford in order to scout Ryan Kent – and could use his last available loan on the Reds winger (Daily Express)
Roma have told Tottenham to forget about signing midfield sensation Nicolo Zaniolo (Daily Express)
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has paid £4m to Sheffield Wednesday for Steve Bruce (The Sun)
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is set to stay at the club this summer with no clubs yet to make a bid for the World Cup winner (The Sun)
Arsenal will miss out on a £27m deal for Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir because they can’t offload Mesut Ozil (The Sun)
Real Betis are the clear favourites to land Nabil Fekir this summer after submitting an offer in recent weeks (Daily Star)
Harry Maguire has confirmed his desire to join Manchester United or Manchester City should they meet Leicester’s City’s record valuation of £85m (Daily Mail)
Newcastle have revived their bid to sign Brazilian striker Joelinton and want to get a deal agreed this week with Mike Ashley ready to pay £36m for the Hoffenheim frontman (Daily Mail)
Barcelona have admitted they had to take a loan out to pay for the signing of Antoine Griezmann (Daily Mail)
Former Brighton manager Chris Hughton has turned down the chance to become the next Sheffield Wednesday boss (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United have been quoted a fee of £90m if they want to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio this summer (Daily Mirror)
Sweden defender Victor Lindelof says he is “very happy” to be a Manchester United player, despite his agent saying Barcelona wanted to sign the 24-year-old (Daily Mirror)
Jurgen Klopp’s first signing at Liverpool, Marko Grujic, wants to return to Anfield and become a “true Reds player” this season (Daily Mirror)
Everton could make a move for Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic if they can offload Cenk Tosun (Daily Mirror)
Saint-Etienne remain keen on Leicester midfielder Nampalys Mendy (Daily Mirror)
David De Gea is set to finally end the uncertainty over his future by signing a new long-term contract in excess of £350k- a-week with Manchester United once the club returns from their pre-season tour of Australia and Asia in August (Daily Telegraph)
West Ham are optimistic Sebastien Haller will join them from Eintracht Frankfurt (The Guardian)
Manchester United will go in with a concrete £50m bid for Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes over the next three weeks, as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to reshape his midfield (The Independent)
Manchester United will resurrect interest in Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen if Paul Pogba eventually leaves the club this summer (The Independent)