Gareth Bale remains “one of the best players on the planet” and will not be leaving Real Madrid on a “makeshift” deal, according to his agent.
What the papers say Gareth Bale will get a minimum £20million welcome bonus if he opts to move to the Chinese Super League, the Daily Mail reports. A number of clubs would be willing to at least match his current wages and offer an unprecedented bonus structure, the paper claims.
Zinedine Zidane has denied disrespecting Gareth Bale and says the Welshman did not play against Bayern Munich last weekend because he did not want to.
Nicky Butt has been named as Manchester United’s head of first-team development.
John O’Shea has returned to Reading as a first-team coach.
What the papers say Hopes of a return to the Premier League for Gareth Bale appear to be fading amid reports Manchester United and Tottenham have both closed the door on a big-money move for the Wales international. The Daily Mail reports that a combination of his age and injury problems has put both clubs off signing a player who earns £600,000-a-week before tax. The Telegraph claims the 29-year-old could instead be heading to China, reporting that Beijing Guoan are interested in making Bale the highest-paid player in Chinese football history. The Independent, meanwhile, suggests Paris St Germain could be preparing a swap deal for Bale that would send Neymar to the Bernabeu.
Juan Mata hopes fantastic and influential midfielder Paul Pogba will remain at Manchester United and help turn the city red again.
Gareth Bale appears to be on the verge of a Real Madrid exit after Zinedine Zidane revealed transfer talks are under way with an unnamed club – comments which prompted the player’s agent Jonathan Barnett to call the Frenchman a “disgrace”.
Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff has admitted he is flattered to have been linked with a big money move to Manchester United.
What the papers say Paris St Germain are interested in signing Tottenham’s Danny Rose, the Mirror reports. The England left-back, 29, has been left out of his club’s pre-season tour to Asia, with Spurs willing to listen to offers for him. They are said to want at least £20million for Rose, who was signed from Leeds for £1million in 2007.
What the papers say Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is reportedly looking to sell five players in order to raise the £200million needed to secure the signature of Manchester United’s Paul Pogba. The Sun reports on claims in Spanish newspaper Marca and says the side are looking to sell Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez. Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Isco are also said to be on the market, putting several Premier League clubs on high alert.