Manchester United are being linked with an extraordinary £90m move for the world’s most expensive player Gareth Bale in January.
Bale joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 for around £86m, which broke the previous record of £80m set by Cristiano Ronaldo’s move from United to Real in 2009. The Red Devils were hopeful of bringing Ronaldo back to the Premier League until he signed a new contract, and The Telegraph claims that United could look towards Bale instead in a bid to strengthen their improving title challenge this season.
While Bale has been far from a flop in Spain – he scored the crucial second goal in the Champions League final victory in May – the Real fans appear to have a stronger liking towards Spaniard Isco, and it has led them to boo and jeer Bale on occasion when the Welshman is not at his best.
Another player United are being linked with is Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels. The Germany international, who celebrated the World Cup triumph earlier this season, has been heavily linked with a move away from the Bundesliga club, and their troubles this season in the league will not help their chances of holding on to the 25-year-old.
Hummels has shown signs of frustration in recent weeks with Dortmund languishing down in 16th with just 15 points from 16 games, and with Real Madrid and Barcelona also monitoring Hummel’s future, it’s difficult to see him remaining at the Signal Iduna Park next season, with The Metro reporting that United will launch a £47m move to strengthen their leaky defence.
The Telegraph is also reporting that James Milner could be on his way out of Manchester City as talks have stalled on extending his contract. The midfielder was reluctant to begin negotiations at the start of the season as he wanted clarity over his position in the first team, but despite him receiving limited playing time Manuel Pellegrini remains keen on keeping him at the club.
Milner does help City with the homegrown player quota in Europe, but the likes of Arsenal are keeping an eye on Milner should he decide that his future lies away from the Etihad Stadium.
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is reported to be hopeful on persuading his countryman Wesley Sneijder to join the Saints in January. The Mirror reports that Koeman and Sneijder share an agent and with the £50,000-a-week midfielder having difficulty with Galatasaray over his pay in recent weeks, Koeman hopes to launch an audacious bid to strengthen his side following their current five-game losing streak.
Finally, Queens Park Rangers midfielder Adel Taarabt could finally be on his way out of the club for good with Italian side Atalanta reported to be interested in his services. Taarabt has not featured for Rangers since 05 October and looks increasingly likely to see his controversial time at Loftus Road ended in January, with TalkSport reporting that the Serie A side are favourites to launch a transfer bid.
Taarabt has spent time in Italy before having played for AC Milan on loan in 2014.