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Bale could be encouraged to join Man United if he's benched in UCL final

The football world's gossip mill is in full swing, and Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here.

Man United ready to bid for benched Bale

Manchester United's potentially huge summer spending could get even bigger if Gareth Bale fails to start the Champions League final for Real Madrid, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The Barcelona outlet reports that United could be encouraged to bid for Bale if he starts the final on the bench after telling coach Zinedine Zidane he is fit and ready to play against Juventus.

Injury problems have seen him play an intermittent role at times this season, with Isco -- who has started in his place -- potentially in the XI in Cardiff despite Wales international Bale coming through training unscathed.

And if that happens, Mundo Deportivo says it would give United belief that Bale could be tempted to return to the Premier League.

If Gareth Bale doesn't start Saturday's Champions League final, Manchester United may feel encouraged that they can sign him.

Man United will target Willian if Perisic pursuit fails

Although United remain hopeful of signing Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic, the difference between the clubs' valuations means they could look elsewhere, the Independent reports.

United are said to have "a verbal agreement" with Croatia international Perisic, but hopes of a deal "could be scuppered due to Inter's €50 million asking price."

The Old Trafford club are willing to pay closer to €35m, and Jose Mourinho will move for his former player Willian if the difference cannot be resolved.

Although United "have made an initial approach," Willian has said he is not keen to leave "despite Chelsea being understood to have been willing to do a deal."

But the Independent says Perisic "wants to go to Old Trafford," with talks over terms having been held -- and his arrival could mean United are more willing to listen to any offers for Anthony Martial.

Meanwhile, on the defensive front, the Mirror reports that United "are favourites" to sign Tottenham defender Danny Rose, with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino already looking for replacements.

Man City to focus on defensive rebuild

Talking of big spending and Manchester, there is more to come from Manchester City, who will follow up the signing of Bernardo Silva and the impending arrival of goalkeeper Ederson with an overhaul of their back line, the Independent says.

Kyle Walker during the Emirates FA Cup semi-final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 22, 2017 in London. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
Kyle Walker would make up part of an all-new Manchester City defence if Pep Guardiola gets his way this summer.

It reports that Pep Guardiola will step up his pursuit of Spurs right-back Kyle Walker, Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy and either Paris Saint-Germain's Marquinhos or Aymeric Laporte of Athletic Bilbao.

The City coach has become "frustrated with how long it has taken some players to fully grasp his ideas" and wants "a total overhaul" of his defence.

City have yet to submit a formal bid for Walker, but the Independent says they will do so after signing Mendy and will then focus on bringing in a new central defender.

Either Laporte -- linked with a move to City last year -- or Marquinhos is likely to cost more than £50m.


-- The injury suffered by Marco Reus is bad news for Liverpool too, according to the Mirror.

It reports that Borussia Dortmund's Reus, sidelined for six months after a partial cruciate knee ligament tear in the DFB Pokal final victory over Eintracht Frankfurt, had been a major target for his old boss Jurgen Klopp as he looks to strengthen his squad for the Champions League.

-- Wolverhampton Wanderers have been linked with Angers striker Famara Diedhiou despite the managerial uncertainty at the club.

The Birmingham Mail, citing a report in L'Equipe, says the 24-year-old is also of interest to both Fulham and Bristol City.


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