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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, it seems, is pretty desperate to sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid. Reports in The Daily Star have revealed that the Red Devils have now tabled a world record £117m offer to bring the Welshman to Old Trafford.

United were believed to have made a move for the player some weeks back too, but the rumours died down. However, following that, both, the Real Madrid hierarchy and Gareth Bale himself, have made it clear that the player will remain at the Santiago Bernabeu in the times to come. Thus, we will have to wait and see if the aforementioned reports are indeed true or not.

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Manchester United’s pursuit of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is back on after the German player’s agent and father declared that his son’s future is “completely open” for a move.

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Any club looking to move for Luis Suarez in the future will have to pay a world record fee in order to release him from his contract with Liverpool. The Daily Mirror are reporting that any foreign club will have to pay up a staggering £100 million whereas a club in the Premier League will have to pay a massive £130 million fee. This fee is at least £14 million more than what Real Madrid had paid to acquire Gareth Bale from Tottenham over the summer.

Luis Suarez’s new contract was always suspected to have exit clauses included in it, but the figures quoted are so high that it virtually rules out most foreign clubs from acquiring the Uruguayan. It is possible that only Real Madrid, with its massive turnover, can finance such a purchase. And this will put joy into many Merseyside hearts as it is unlikely that the Spanish club can afford such a huge fee any time this season, after already spending a world record fee on Bale.

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A former Liverpool favorite turning out in the colors of Man United o Chelsea? The vent doesn’t seem improbable since the transfers of Michael Owen and Fernando Torres. The Daily Star report that Xabi Alonso is headed for the exit door at Real Madrid, with United and Chelsea monitoring the developments very closely. The report reveals that the midfielder has even held preliminary talks with Man United over a summer move.

The 31 year olds contract at Madrid expires at the end of the season and all the indications thus far are that Real will let him run down his deal. The Spaniard has spoken of his love for the Premier League in the past but his return the league might rile up his ex-employers at Liverpool.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is hardly one to hold back his emotions, and if reports in Spanish daily AS are to be believed has lashed out at his club Real Madrid for selling star playmaker Mesut Ozil to Arsenal. Ronaldo's tirade comes just a day after on field skipper Sergio Ramos also claimed he was completely befuddled by the club's decision, and why they would even consider parting with a world class star like the 24 year old German.

Ronaldo reportedly told his Portuguese teammates, including Real Madrid players, Pepe and Fabio Coentrao, 'The sale of Ozil is very bad news for me. He was the player who best knew my moves in front of goal... I'm angry about Özil leaving.'

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Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo denies having signed a new contract with the Spanish club, fuelling speculation he is set to return to Manchester United.

Ronaldo’s current deal runs until 2015 but the club and president Florentino Perez are eager to tie the Portuguese down for the near future with the president even stating he wants the forward to retire at the Bernabeu.

Spanish Daily Marca had extensively reported that the 28 year old has agreed a new contract worth 17 million euros per year after tax. But Ronaldo has moved to quell any rumors of him having already signed the contract by denying that he did so.

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Former Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric figures prominently on David Moyes' most wanted list and is likely to attract a bid from the Manchester United manager, should he finally be forced to abandon his pursuit of Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas. But reports is Spain suggest that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is likely to battle his counterpart all the way for Modric’s signature.

This summer’s transfer window has been a sorry tale  of “What Ifs” for both Premier League giants Manchester United and Arsenal. Both clubs have seen their efforts, to add quality to their squads, repeatedly foiled.

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