Spanish giants Real Madrid are considering making a player-plus-cash deal to try and tempt Manchester City into parting with Raheem Sterling, according to reports.
Sky Sports News has claimed that Real are lining up a bid of £70 million plus Gareth Bale for Sterling.
Madrid officials are understood to be monitoring Sterling’s performances for City and England over the next month before finalising their plans.
Los Blancos have a long-standing interest in Sterling – they met with his representatives in the summer but no bid was forthcoming – and president Florentino Perez is know to be a big fan of the player.
However, it is thought that City boss has little interest in signing 30-year-old Bale. He will also not want to part with a crucial part of his side who is entering the peak years of his career.
While Sterling is on record as saying he would like to play in La Liga at some point, it would likely take a bid of close to if not more than the £198 million record that Paris St-Germain paid Barcelona for Neymar.
Tottenham Hotspur want to re-sign Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale this summer – but the Welshman’s wages could scupper any deal, according to reports.
Spurs are thought to be willing to pay £54 million to bring Bale back to London. It is also though Madrid would be happy to sell him for that price.
However, a potential sticking point is the 29-year-old’s wages, reported to be £600,000 a week. Spurs bosses have baulked at that, saying they could only afford around half that figure.
Bale has fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu since Zinedine Zidane returned as manager. Indeed, the Frenchman has made it clear that the player is not part of his plans for next season.
While Bale is reportedly happy to stay in Madrid and see out the remaining three years on his contract, Madrid would be happy to sell. The fee would come in handy to help balance the books, with Zidane having already spent north of £300 million on new players this summer, with hopes for more. Clearing him off the wage bill would also help.
A move back to Spurs, where he made his name, would make sense for Bale – he is still adored by the fans and they will be competing for the Premier League and Champions League titles again next season.
Spanish giants Real Madrid want to include Gareth Bale in a player-plus-cash deal to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United, according to reports.
Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has made signing his countryman one of his priorities as he revamps his squad after Madrid’s poor – by their standards – season in 2018/19.
However, having already spent more than £300 million on new players this summer, Madrid are reluctant to meet United’s £150 million asking price in full. This is why they want to include a makeweight such as Bale, who has been told he isn’t part of Zidane’s plans for next season.
United have previously been linked with Bale – especially during the Jose Mourinho era – but appear to have cooled their interest in the 29-year-old now. Whether his inclusion in any offer for Pogba changes their stance remains to be seen.
Pogba is understood to be keen to move to Madrid but United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reluctant to lose him. If this stance continues Pogba could submit a formal transfer request.
Meanwhile Bale has previously said he is happy to stay at Madrid, so whether he would agree to be the makeweight in any deal remains to be seen.
Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid are both trying to sign Paris St-Germain forward Neymar this summer and could offer player-plus-cash deals.
Neymar has long been reported to be unhappy with life at PSG. On the pitch he has had success, winning successive Ligue Un titles, but his time there has been plagued with injury. They have also not won the Champions League – or even come close.
Now, it has been reported by Sport in Spain that Neymar has told PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi that he wants to leave the club and return to Spain.
This adds fuel to existing rumours of Neymar’s return to Spain.
Barcelona have been linked with a £90 million plus ab unnamed player bid to try and tempt PSG into selling.
Meanwhile Real Madrid are also said to be plotting something similar. Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo has claimed that Real are preparing a £115.5 million bid as well as offering Gareth Bale or James Rodriguez as part of the deal.
However, they have already signed Eden Hazard from Chelsea for £88 million so whether they pursue a deal remains to be seen.
What also remains to be seen is whether PSG want to sell. They may not want to keep and unhappy player but in that case would certainly want to recoup their £198 million outlay on him. Whether they would take a player-plus-cash deal is also open to discussion – as indeed is whether the players reportedly involved would want to go.
Watch this space – this story could run all summer.</
Spanish giants Real Madrid are reportedly ready to test Liverpool’s resolve to keep hold of star striker Mohamed Salah this summer, according to reports.
Real boss Zinedine Zidane is believed to want to revamp his attack. A deal for Chelsea star Eden Hazard is widely expected but now Canal+ have reported that the Frenchman wants to raid another Premier League club for their top star.
Salah has had another stellar season for Liverpool, scoring 26 goals in all competitions as the Reds finished 2nd in the Premier League and have reached the Champions League final.
Canal+ report that Zidane sees Salah as a perfect fit for a revamped forward line with his pace and movement. He would also be the sort of marquee signing that Madrid fans have been craving since Cristiano Ronaldo left last summer.
However, Liverpool will not want to let one of their biggest stars leave the club, and will be live they can hold onto him, especially if they were to beat Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final.
No transfer fee has been mentioned, but Liverpool would probably not consider anything less than £150 million for Salah.
Madrid’s quest for strikers could also hasten the departure of Gareth Bale from the Bernabeau. He has been frozen out since Zidane returned and it looks likely he will be sold to help finance acquisitions.
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