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MANCHESTER UNITED have been dealt a big blow with Tottenham joining the race for Real Madrid pair Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hasn't given up home of signing Jadon Sancho this summer either, while we've the very latest on a potential £28m swoop for Uros Racic.

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    Jose Mourinhohas held talks with Gareth Bale about a move to Tottenham but has reportedly been warned the Welshman may stuggle.

    Spurs are leading the race to sign the winger on loan from Real Madrid.

    And a deal is nearing completion, amid rival interest from Manchester United.

    And his former colleagues at Real Madrid have warned him against signing the 31-year-old, according to ESPN.

    The Spurs boss was reportedly told Bale would struggle to meet the demands of the Premier League.


    David Brooks is set to stay at Bournemouth this summer.

    The Welshman had been linked to Leicester and Manchester United.

    But the Cherries value the midfielder at more than £50million and do not want to sell.

    Brooks, 23, was on United’s radar last summer but missed most of the season with an ankle injury that required TWO surgeries.

    That long-term problem is likely to scare off any potential suitors from making a massive offer that Jason Tindall’s recently-relegated side could not turn down.


    Atalanta winger Amad Traore is being eyed as a shock alternative to Jadon Sancho by Manchester United, reports claim.

    A deal for the Dortmund winger has stalled and has left the Premier League club looking elsewhere.

    18-year-old Traore is seen as a big prospect and was a part of the Champions League squad for Atalanta's quarter-final tie against Paris Saint-Germain.

    The Manchester Evening News report that the Red Devils have contacted the Italians as other clubs become interested in the teen.

    But MEN suggest he is not seen by club sources as an immediate Sancho substitute.


    Sami Khedira could land join United on a free transfer, according to reports.

    The midfielder, 33, is set to have his contract terminated at Juventus a year early.

    According to Goal, he is not part of new boss Andrea Pirlo's plans at the Allianz Stadium this season.

    Khedira endured an injury-hit season last term with knee surgery in December and a torn abductor later on.

    That limited him to just 18 appearances across all competitions.

    United have been linked in the past and did make a deadline-day attempt to land him during his Bernabeu days before Carlo Ancelotti convinced the German to stay.


    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces a serious selection headache with ELEVEN doubts ahead of Manchester United's season opener.

    Crystal Palace come to Old Trafford for a 5.30pm kick-off on Saturday after the Red Devils' start was delayed due to last season's Europa League run.

    Here's how they could line-up…


    Manchester City's new signing Ferran Torres reportedly rejected the advances of Manchester United this summer.

    The 20-year-old joined Pep Guardiola's side for a cut-price fee after entering the final year of his contract with Valencia.

    Yet Spanish outlet AS claim United viewed Torres as an alternative to signing Jadon Sancho.

    The report claims talks had started with the Spaniard but he decided on rivals City.


    British players heading abroad tend to produce mixed results, as Mark Hughes can attest.

    Sparky's trip to Spain was far less fruitful than Bale's would prove to be, spending just a season with Barcelona before being loaned to Bayern Munich.

    New Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson wanted the striker back in England and handed over £1.8m to sign him, £200,000 less than Barcelona had paid the Red Devils two years previous.

    Hughes quickly became a staple as Fergie began to build his first imperious side.

    Two Premier League titles and two FA Cups were among his achievements in a seven-year second spell, as well as a pair of PFA Player of the Year gongs.


    They say never go back… but don't tell Gareth Bale.

    The Real Madrid star is nearing a stunning loan deal to return to Tottenham after seven years away.

    After a somewhat tepid time under Jose Mourinho, Spurs fans will be desperate for their former hero to bang in the goals like the good old days.

    Bale notched 56 goals and 58 assists in over 200 appearances before his £85million exit in 2013.

    But, with a dodgy injury record and a poor relationship with Zinedine Zidane leading to plenty of time spent on the sidelines, there will be plenty of doubters ahead of his return.

    Here, SunSport details four comeback kids Bale can look to for inspiration including Manchester United legend Mark Hughes – and three he dare not emulate HERE.


    Gareth Bale's move back to Tottenham has been described as “close” – with bookies suspending betting on the stunning switch.

    The Welshman is in talks with his old side over a loan move that would see him link up with Jose Mourinho.

    Jonathan Barnett, the player's agent, insists there are vital details still to be hammered out in talks between the three parties.

    But a deal is nearing completion, amid rival interest from Manchester United.

    Barnett told AFP: “It's close but not done.

    “It's a complicated deal.”

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    Ronald Koeman wanted Romelu Lukaku to be Barcelona's new No9 but the club reportedly blocked the move.

    Mundo Deportivo reports the Catalan giants' new boss fancied reuniting with the 27-year-old after a spell at Everton together.

    But the Barca hierarchy pulled the plug on a move for the Inter Milan striker due to a lack of funds.


    EFL clubs will welcome up to 10,000 fans across the country this weekend as the League steps up its Covid-19 pilot programme.

    League chiefs have agreed with Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden that matches with up to 1,000 supporters will be staged at 10 venues across the three divisions.

    In the Championship, Luton’s game with Derby, Preston’s visit to Norwich and the clash between Middlesbrough and Bournemouth will see the turnstiles partially opened for the first time since March.

    The League One games featuring Charlton against Doncaster, Blackpool versus Swindon, Northampton’s trip to Shrewsbury and Hull’s match with Crewe are on the approved list.

    And in League Two, three games – at Forest Green, Carlisle and Morecambe – will have fans inside.

    Carlisle’s Brunton Park, ironically, saw the last League Two game with supporters, a crowd of 2,822 for their win over Newport on March 10, 48 hours before English football went into lockdown.

    There is still no clarity about whether the Government is willing to extend the numbers allowed in from October 1, amid recent clampdowns and fears of a resurgence of the virus.


    Jose Mourinho hinted Gareth Bale could be the missing piece of the puzzle at Tottenham – as he went all cryptic at the prospect of the Welshman’s return.

    The Spurs boss refused to comment directly on his club’s bid to re-sign the Real Madrid superstar on a season-long loan.

    He said: “A squad is a puzzle and when a new signing completes the puzzle it’s a great feeling for the team.”

    SunSport revealed yesterday that Tottenham are in talks to land Bale – who left for the Bernabeu in 2013 for a then-world record fee of £86million.

    But when asked about his return, Mourinho said: “Gareth Bale is a Real Madrid player and I don’t comment on players from other clubs.”


    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly interested in Atalanta right-winger Amad Traore.

    The MEN claims the 18-year-o,d is not seen as an alternative to Jadon Sancho and Manchester United have contacted the Serie A side to fend off competition from other clubs.

    Traore became the youngest player, at 17 years and 109 days old, to score on his debut in the Italian top-flight during Atalanta's 7-1 thrashing of Udinese last season.


    SunSport's Duncan Wright has revealed that Manchester United fans are unlikely to see Gareth Bale in their shirt for a month – even if he completes a move to the club in the next 48 hours.

    There are complicated issues to thrash out in a contract that would see Real stump up a large chunk of his £650,000-a-week salary just to get him off their wage bill.

    Until they are ironed out, Bale will remain in Madrid reporting for pre-season training with Zinedine Zidane’s squad.

    Even if they are sorted by the weekend and Bale returns to the UK, he would then have to go into quarantine for 14 days under government rules to control Covid-19.


    Manchester United could land Sami Khedira on a free transfer, according to reports.

    The midfielder, 33, is set to have his contract terminated at Juventus a year early.

    According to Goal, he is not part of new boss Andrea Pirlo's plans at the Allianz Stadium this season.

    Khedira endured an injury-hit season last term with knee surgery in December and a torn abductor later on.

    That limited him to just 18 appearances across all competitions.

    Juventus are keen to cut costs across the club and the report adds they could save around £5.5million this season by terminating Khedira's deal.


    Juan Mata has been forced to shut his Manchester tapas restaurant after racking up almost £1million in debt.

    Tapeo and Wine is closing its doors, just four years after it was opened by the Manchester United midfielder.

    A statement posted online read: “Adios y gracias!

    “Unfortunately, and after five years of trying our best to bring Spain to you, through our food, drinks and service, our restaurant Tapeo and Wine will not be opening its doors anymore.

    “We had to take this decision as a result of a number of factors and we thank every single one of you who over the years came and enjoyed with us!

    “It's been a great ride and we will always be grateful for your love and support!”


    Manchester United have reportedly identified Ivan Perisic as an alternative to Jadon Sancho.

    The Croatian was a target for the club when Jose Mourinho was in charge and has impressed during the year spent on loan at Bayern Munich.

    The Express claim that 31-year-old Perisic is back on United’s shortlist for a potential loan deal.


    Manchester United are refusing to give up on signing Gareth Bale – with Real Madrid still seeing the Red Devils as a potential landing spot, say reports in Spain.

    The LaLiga champions are itching to get the Welsh flop – and his £650,000-a-week wages – off their books after being frozen out by Zinedine Zidane.

    And while Tottenham are believed to be close to completing a deal to bring Bale back to North London, Real still see United as a potential buyer, according to AS.

    Man Utd are keen to add some width to their squad after missing out on Jadon Sancho – with Borussia Dortmund holding firm on their £108million valuation.


    Manchester United and Chelsea are set to miss out on Marash Kumbulla after the Serie A starlet agreed terms with Roma.

    Reports in Italy suggest the Giallorossi have won the race to sign the highly-rated defender, amid rival interest from Tottenham, Lazio and Inter Milan.

    Kumbulla was a surprise star of last season in Italy, playing 26 times for hometown club Hellas Verona.

    According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, an agreement has been reached for the 20-year-old to join Roma.

    He will move on an initial loan deal before a permanent transfer on a contract to 2025.


    Tottenham have reportedly beaten Manchester United in the race to sign full-back Sergio Reguilon after agreeing to include a buy-back clause in the deal with Real Madrid.


    Jack Grealish admits it was “50-50” whether he would stay at Aston Villa amid Manchester United’s interest.

    The 25-year-old committed his future to his boyhood club by signing a new five-year contract just days after making his England debut.

    When asked if it was 50-50 if he would remain at Villa, he said: “Yes, I suppose so.

    “I had a good season last season, and there was interest in myself from other clubs.

    “But I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, and I’ve just signed a new contract for Aston Villa and I’ve got the biggest smile on my face.”


    Manchester United have been linked to Real Madrid outcast Gareth Bale – but Tottenham are close to re-signing him in a £20million loan deal.

    Jose Mourinho’s side are on the brink of bringing Bale back to the Premier League, with the 31-year-old preferring a Tottenham return over a move to Old Trafford.

    Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett confirmed it was close when he said last night: “Gareth still loves Spurs. We are talking. It’s where he wants to be.”

    Spurs view Bale as one of their own despite his departure to Real in 2013 — for a then-world record fee of £86million.

    Meanwhile, United fear missing out on Jadon Sancho to Real Madrid, Barcelona or Liverpool next summer, reports claim.

    Borussia Dortmund are digging their heels in over their £109million valuation of him.

    United are adamant that they won't pay this fee and are willing to pursue loan options instead before returning for Sancho next summer.

    But according to ESPN, the Red Devils fear that they would face intense competition from the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool.

    In other news, Tottenham are also reportedly close to agreeing a deal for Real Madrid left-back Sergio Reguilon.

    The news will come as a blow to Manchester United who had been keen to bring the 23-year-old to Old Trafford.


    Luton set up a home tie with Manchester United after beating Reading 1-0 in the second round of the Carabao Cup.

    The date of the clash against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side will be confirmed next week.

    Jordan Clark's strike in the first half was enough to see off the Royals at the Madejski Stadium.

    Click here to read SunSport's full round-up of tonight's Carabao Cup action.


    Tottenham are on the brink of re-signing Gareth Bale in a stunning £20million loan deal.

    Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett  confirmed it was on  when he said last night: “Gareth still loves Spurs. We are talking. It’s where he wants to be.”

    Bale sent a  plea to  Premier League clubs to end his Madrid hell less than a fortnight ago after he was frozen out by   Zinedine Zidane.

    He even accused the Spanish giants of blocking a move to China at the 11th hour last summer.

    Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is desperate to make the deal happen — and SunSport understands an agreement was close last night for Bale to make his comeback.


    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is reportedly the highest-paid player in the Premier League after penning a new deal at Arsenal.

    The 31-year-old has ended speculation over his future by signing a three-year deal at the Emirates.

    Aubameyang was previously on around £200k-a-week in North London, but his contract will see him pocket more than £350,000-a-week.

    SunSport have pulled together a list of the top-flight's top-earners, with three from Manchester United making the top ten.

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