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Manchester United and Bayern Munich set for battle to sign Gareth Bale

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Gareth Bale seems set to leave Real Madrid this summer and Manchester United and Bayern Munich are at the head of the queue to sign him. 

Real manager Zinedine Zidane is planning a major overhaul of the squad in the summer, with several players set to be shipped out, including Bale, according to Spanish newspaper AS.

AS reported a meeting between Real and Bale’s representatives where it was said that Bale could choose his next club, as long as the bids were roughly equivalent.

Bale, 29, has had a fractious relationship with the Real fans recently and it is thought that the club’s top brass have become frustrated with his recent injury record.

During his time in Madrid, Bale has scored 102 goals in 227 appearances. Among other trophies he has won three Champions League trophies.

Manchester United have long been linked with the Welsh international and could come in for him again. However, new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signalled that his transfer policy will focus on younger players this summer, so it remains to be seen.

Any deal could also hinge on whether Madrid make a move for Paul Pogba. This rumour has again resurfaced today and he would be the sort of target Zidane would be looming for.

Bayern Munich are also planning a major squad overhaul and Bale would be the sort of marquee signing they are looking for to replace the likes of Arjen Robben.

Munich could also afford Bale’s wages, which is something that could put other potential suitors off signing him.

Real Madrid plot sensational summer swap deal for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard with Gareth Bale

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Real Madrid could try to tempt Chelsea into selling their star forward Eden Hazard by offering them Gareth Bale as part of the deal, according to reports. 

Hazard has been on Real’s wish list for some time. Now Zinedine Zidane is back as manager of Los Blancos then their interest could increase. Real president Florentino Perez is also said to have promised Zidane a war chest of £300 million to revamp the squad this summer.

By the same token, several players could be heading out of the Bernabeu this summer. Gareth Bale is thought to be one of those, given his fractious relationship with Zidane and the Madrid fans. His recent injury record doesn’t help either.

With Chelsea rumoured to be interested in signing Bale, a swap deal could be an agreeable option for all parties.

Chelsea will want more than £100 million for Hazard, while Real will want about £75 million for Bale – who turns 30 later this year. It also has to be factored in that Bale earns about £11 million per year.

However, whether Bale would want to leave Real is another matter. He has previously said he is happy in the Spanish capital.

In addition, other clubs, including Manchester United, May be interested in signing Bale.

Real Madrid slap £131 million price tag on Gareth Bale – will it put Manchester United or Chelsea off?

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has slapped a £131 million price tag on the head of Gareth Bale as rumours about his future continue, according to reports.  

TeleMadrid made this claim with speculation that Bale could be on his way out of the Bernabeu this summer.

It was thought Bale would be one of the key men for Madrid this season after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus last summer. However, Bale has not impressed and has been mostly used as a substitute under Santiago Solari.

In addition he has been injury plagued in the past few seasons and he has also been criticised for an apparent failure to integrate into the dressing room and with Spanish life in general.

Bale has scored 6 goals in 19 La Liga appearances but the emergence of teenager Vinicius Junior has pushed him down the pecking order.

With Madrid widely expected to rebuild their squad this summer after a relatively disappointing campaign, it is thought that Bale could be one of the stars on their way out.

There would be no shortage of interest in the Welsh international from clubs around Europe. Manchester United have long been linked with him, but any bid may depend on who is manager come the summer.

Likewise Chelsea are thought to be monitoring him, but any bid may depend on who is in the manager’s seat, with Maurizio Sarri thought to be close to the sack.

However, the price tag – if accurate – could also put clubs off. Given Bale’s age – 29 – and injury record many clubs would refuse to pay a fee that would be in the top 5 of all time in terms of value.

It may be this is a signal that Perez won’t let Bale leave on the cheap – a lower fee may be enough to tempt him, but perhaps not much lower.

Gareth Bale reveals future plans

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Gareth Bale appears to have committed his immediate future to Real Madrid after talks with new manager Julien Lopetegui.

Welshman Bale had indicated he could consider a move away from the Bernabeu this summer, having become frustrated at not being a regular starter under Zinedine Zidane – he only started 20 La Liga matches last season.

However, following the departure of Zidane and appointment of Lopetegui, Bale is hopeful of playing a greater role in the first team this coming season.

Those hopes increased when Cristiano Ronaldo left Madrid to join Juventus earlier in the summer.

Bale, 29, has had positive talks with Lopetegui and, according to sources, feels that “it’s all good” at Real.

This will come as a blow to the clubs that were chasing them, chief among them Manchester United, who have been long-term admirers of Wales’ record scorer and were believed to be hopeful of doing a deal to bring him to Old Trafford.

Gareth Bale wants Premier League return if he leaves Real Madrid

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Welsh wing wizard Gareth Bale has said that if he leaves Real Madrid this summer he wants to move back to the Premier League.

This news – reported in The Mirror – will come as a boost to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, who is believed to want to bring the midfielder to Old Trafford.

But it will be a blow to German champions Bayern Munich, who were thought to be lining the 28-year-old up as a replacement for ageing stars Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.

However, Bale’s fate remains undecided as they search for a new manager following Zinedine Zidane’s shock departure.

Bale is said to have made it clear he intended to leave Real – despite winning his third Champions League title in a row – this summer some weeks ago. He hadn’t been a regular starter under Zidane and is believed to want to move on to get more game time.

But any potential move is off until a new manager is installed and has made his plans clear. Plus, he will cost a heavy fee – maybe up to £175 million, according to some reports, which would put off many potential suitors.