Bale Set For Madrid Talks
Manchester United transfer target Gareth Bale will have talks over his future with new Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui.
Bale returns to training at the La Liga side next week along with the rest of the club’s players who weren’t present at the World Cup. The Wales international is set to sit down with Lopetegui while his representatives are due in Spain some time in the next fortnight to meet with Real president Florentino Perez.
Bale always felt he didn’t get enough playing time under former coach Zinedine Zidane and he is looking for assurances from Lopetegui about his role in the side.
The Welshman’s future looks assured with Cristiano Ronaldo set to quit the Bernabeu for Juventus. But Real are being linked with bids for Neymar, Eden Hazard and Kylian Mbappe.
Rumours re-surfaced on Thursday that Manchester United are still interested in Bale although there have been no discussions as yet and the Welshman’s preference is to stay with Real.
United To Bid For England Hero Maguire?
Manchester United are being linked with a move for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire. The England World Cup star has been one of the stand-out performers in Russia this summer. He moved to Leicester from Hull City last summer for a fee of £17million, but the Daily Mail believes the Foxes will hold out for £50million – three times what they paid a year ago.
But Leicester are unlikely to sanction any sale for less than what they perceive to be his market value. They will also only entertain any bids if they have a replacement lined up which doesn’t seem to be the case at the moment.
Alderweireld Deal Not Dead
Tottenham Hotspur are open to the sale of Manchester United transfer target Toby Alderweireld.
The Belgium international was the subject of an enquiry from United before the World Cup, but the two clubs are £20million apart in their respective valuations of the 29-year-old.
As it stands, Alderweireld is out of contract at the end of next season. But Spurs can trigger a one-year extension taking him to the end of June 2020. However, Alderweireld will have a release clause of €30million (£26million) in his new deal.
Tottenham are still open to a sale this summer – if only because they will realise a much higher fee. That will encourage United, but any move is unlikely to be agreed much before the 9 August transfer deadline.