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Gareth Bale hits hat-trick to become Wales’ record goal scorer

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Gareth Bale has become the record goal scorer in Wales’ history after he scored his 29th international goal in a 6-0 win against China.

Bale beat Welsh legend Ian Rush’s long-standing record of 28 goals, with his first international hat-trick.

The Real Madrid forward’s every touch was cheered by the Chinese crowd, who have treated him like a god since he arrived earlier in the week.

It was the perfect start to Ryan Giggs’ reign as Wales manager, as Bale’s 3 goals, along with strikes from Sam Vokes (2) and Harry Wilson ensuring the side’s biggest win since August 1996, when Wales beat San Marino by the same scoreline.

“I suppose when I was a little boy I never dreamed of being a record-breaker for Wales,” Bale said. “It is a massive honour.

“I was not thinking about it, but now it has come it’s an incredible honour and one of the best things I’ve achieved in my career.

“On a personal note it’s great to break the record, but I could not have done it without my team-mates.”

Real Madrid plotting move to tempt Neymar from Paris St-Germain

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Spanish giants are planning to make a move for Paris St-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar this summer, and may sell some of their existing stars to fund the move.

Neymar only moved to PSG from Barcelona last summer in a world-record £200 million move. It is thought that Real would have to break that record to stand any chance of signing him – and that’s before adding in things like wages and agents fees.

Sources say that Real are confident of doing a deal for the 25-year-old. There have been reports that Neymar isn’t entirely happy in Paris and some PSG fans have jeered him this season. He may also want to return to Spain and a league that is more competitive.

However, PSG are unlikely to want to sell, and, given the enormous wealth of their owners, have no need to.

It is thought that there will be significant transfer activity at Real in the summer, as this season has seen the side under-achieve so far – they are 4th in La Liga currently – and some of its star players haven’t lived up to their reputation.

If Real do make a move for Neymar, several players could be on their way out, including winger Gareth Bale, striker Karim Benzema, goalkeeper Keylor Navas and midfielder Luka Modric as Real’s bosses seek to refresh the squad.

Real are looking for at least one marquee signing in the summer as they look to re-assert themselves at the top of world football, having been trumped by PSG last summer with their £200 million deal for Neymar, and loan signing of Kylian Mbappe, which will lead to a 165 million transfer this summer.

Real are also said to be interested in bringing Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane to the Bernabeau, although that could take a world record bid to achieve, as Spurs’ chief executive Daniel Levy has stated that the player is not for sale. But any move would be shelved if a deal for Neymar were to materialize.

Manchester City, Real Madrid and PSG chase summer deal for Alexis Sanchez

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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.

Manchester United keen on double swoop for two La Liga stars for combined £130 million plus

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Manchester United are keen on signing two major La Liga stars – Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, according to reports.

As Jose Mourinho continues to build his United squad, he is looking at making two marquee signings and talks have already been held with their representatives, according to the Sun on Sunday.

It has been previously reported that Real bosses are considering selling Bale, having become frustrated with his increasingly injury-prone nature. He’s also not a big favourite with some of the Bernabeu faithful.

Meanwhile, United tried to sign Griezmann in the summer, but he opted to stay at Atletico. Whether he would be tempted to move to Manchester in the future is open to question.

Neither play is likely to be cheap. Real would want to recoup the majority – if not all – of the £85 million they paid for Bale, although the Sun on Sunday’s report said they may take £50 million.

Meanwhile, £85 million was touted as a potential price for Griezmann in the summer, and Atletico would be looking for at least that much to part with one of their stars.

In addition, United would likely face competition for their signatures. Tottenham Hotspur have first refusal on Bale, while rivals Manchester City would also likely be interested. Meanwhile Griezmann is one of Europe’s most coveted strikers, with Spanish giants Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain also keen on his signature – and with the financial muscle to do it.

Real Madrid prepared to sell Gareth Bale – Manchester United, Chelsea and Spurs interested

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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.