Bayern Munich are reportedly willing to pay Gareth Bale’s astronomical wages to take the unsettled Welsh star on a season-long loan deal.
Elsewhere, 16-year-old Premier League record-breaker Harvey Elliott is a target for Real Madrid and Barcelona after rejecting a new Fulham deal.
All that and more in another edition of Rumour Mill!
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BALE WANTED BY BAYERN MUNICH
Gareth Bale is being offered a way out of his Real Madrid nightmare by Bayern Munich.
The Welsh wizard, who earns £350,000 ($640,000) a week after tax, knows he is unwanted under Zinedine Zidane’s rule at the Bernabeu.
And German superclub Bayern are willing to pay his wages on a season-long loan deal.
Boss Niko Kovac wants Bale to boost his squad after losing Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.
Premier League clubs are all watching Bale’s problems from afar and without much chance of joining the race.
Even on loan he is too rich for the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham right now – with Wayne Rooney warning his old club not to go for his fellow former Premier League star.
Bale, who turns 30 next month, knows his chances of playing in Madrid are slim so he may be interested in moving to the Bundesliga for a year, to stay sharp and rekindle his club career.
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UNITED TO PAY RASHFORD HUGE CASH TO FEND OFF LA LIGA GIANTS
Manchester United may be forced to pay Marcus Rashford £350,000 ($640,000) a week to fend off Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The striker is negotiating with Old Trafford bosses as he enters the final 12 months of his contract but it’s understood he’s keen to stay having establishing himself as the No 1 striker under new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
But like other stars including keeper David De Gea, Rashford is playing hardball with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward — thanks to the £505,000 ($924,000) a week being paid to flop Alexis Sanchez.
The Chilean’s mega deal has skewed the pay structure at the club, with players now demanding huge hikes to reflect their status.
And Rashford’s hand is made stronger by the fact that over the last 12 months both Real and Barca have made their intentions clear.
According to The Sun, the 21-year-old is holding out for a four-year deal and thinks $640k-a-week is realistic given his importance.
BARCA AND REAL TARGET FULHAM YOUNGSTER
Premier League record-breaker Harvey Elliott is a target for Real Madrid and Barcelona after rejecting a new Fulham deal.
The 16-year-old winger, the youngest player to feature in the English top flight, has two of the biggest clubs in the world fighting for him in a cut-price deal.
RB Leipzig in Germany are also looking at a deal for the England Under-17 star.
His appearance against Wolves last month will push his training compensation into the millions for an English club to land him.
But going abroad will cost around £200,000 ($366,000) and has sparked interest from the Spanish giants.
Elliott has been watched since making his debut aged 15 in an EFL Cup game against Millwall last season and Scott Parker then picked him last season in the Premier League aged 16 and 30 days, breaking the record by Fulham’s Matthew Briggs.
ARSENAL REFUSING TO SELL TORREIRA
Arsenal will reportedly refuse to sell star midfielder Lucas Torreira this summer amid interest from Serie A side AC Milan.
The 23-year-old has been linked with a return to Italy just a year after he joined the Gunners from Sampdoria for £26m ($47.5m).
Former Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo is set to succeed Gennaro Gattuso at the San Siro, with the 51-year-old believed to be keen on a reunion with the Uruguayan international.
But according to Sky Sports, the North Londoners will not allow their combative midfielder to depart the club.
Torreira is a firm fan favourite at the Emirates with supporters immediately taking to his style of play, while he endeared himself to the Arsenal faithful after opening his account for the club in the 4-2 win against rivals Tottenham.
He made 50 appearances for Unai Emery’s men last campaign – with 34 of his outings coming in the Premier League.