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While it has been pretty much accepted that Alexis Sanchez will leave Arsenal in the summer – if not earlier – his destination remains unclear, and there are several clubs said to be chasing his signature.
Chile international Sanchez is seeking a new challenge away from the Emirates and, while he could move in January for a cut-price fee, it is expected clubs will wait until June when he will be available for nothing.
Manchester City retain their interest in him, having tried in the summer to sign him – even so far as agreeing a transfer price for him.
But others are interested in the 28-year-old. Real Madrid also have a long-standing interest in Sanchez, which dates back to him time in Spain with Barcelona. Don Balon report that Madrid are prepared to hijack any deal City are preparing.
Should that happen, it could also hasten the departure of Gareth Bale from the Bernabeau – as previously reported, several English clubs would be interested in bringing him back to the Premier League.
Meanwhile, reports in France suggest Paris St-Germain are also keen on signing the forward – and could seek to sign him in January.
Sanchez would be eligible to play in the Champions League knockout phase too, having only played once in the Europa League group phase, so that could be an incentive to sign him in January – and Arsenal would be willing to listen to bids, rather than let him go on a free.
This is setting up nicely to be one of the sagas of the upcoming transfer window – and maybe even the next one.
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Spanish giants Real Madrid are prepared to sell Welsh winger Gareth Bale, and a host of Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be interested.
Madrid bosses are apparently becoming frustrated at Bale’s injury-prone nature – he’s said to have had 24 separate injuries during his four years in Spain – and could seek to cash in, although they are said to want to make their original outlay of £85 million for him back.
Bale is currently out with a thigh injury and isn’t expected to be fit again before Christmas.
As for a potential destination for Bale, Manchester United have a long-standing interest in the player, having twice tried – and failed – to tempt him to Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho is known to be a big fan of Bale, having worked with him at the Bernabeau.
Chelsea have also expressed an interest in 28-year-old Bale before, and could be tempted to bid.
Bale made his name at Tottenham, and a return to Spurs could appeal, especially with the lure of playing in their new stadium. Manager Mauricio Pochettino also rates Bale highly. However, the pricetag may put Spurs off – it would represent a massive increase on their current transfer record, which is the £36 million they paid Ajax for Davidson Sanchez in the summer.
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Spanish giants Real Madrid are prepared to offer up to three players in a bid to tempt Tottenham Hotspur to part with striker Harry Kane, according to a report from Spain.
Real are reportedly willing to offer former Spurs players Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, as well as striker Karim Benzema to try and secure a deal for Kane, according to Spanish news outlet Diario Gol.
Diario Gol also claim that Spurs will not let Kane leave for less than €200 million (£179 million) – hence the willingness to involve a swap deal.
But all three players will be seen as expendable to the Spanish side. Bale has been blighted by injuries in the past season, which has affected his form and value. Meanwhile Benzema would be the player most likely to lose his place in the side if Kane were to join Madrid. Finally, while Modric is still highly rated, his is 33.
However, nothing has been said by Spurs, and this story comes without quoting any sources, so it is best filed under ‘speculation’ – for now.
Real Madrid are still in negotiations to sign Monaco wonderkid Kylian Mbappe – but if this happens it is thought that Gareth Bale will be sold to accommodate the Frenchman, with Manchester United a likely destination.
It is believed Madrid officials are discussing a £160 million deal for Mbappe – who is 18 and has had one full season under his belt at Monaco, don’t forget – and are close to finalizing it, but are working on how the deal will be structured – such as if there will be performance-related add-ons or not.
However, if this happens, it could mean the end of Gareth Bale’s time at the Bernabeau, according to a report in Spanish newspaper Marca. Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane does not want to have four attackers. He doesn’t believe adding Mbappe to his current front three of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Bale – also known as the BBC – will work.
Zidane’s logic is that managing the allocation of minutes between the four would cause conflict, and also affect other players at Madrid, such as Isco and Asensio who are usually called on to fill in for one of those three. Zidane places great stock on squad harmony.
Bale would be the most likely to depart, given his injury record over the past 4 years. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has previously expressed and interest in the player and he would be available for about £80-£85 million. However, United would probably have competition for his signature from Chelsea, among others.