Real Madrid are ready to listen to Man United offers for Gareth Bale
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Madrid ready to hear Man Utd offers for Bale
Hot on the heels of reports that Manchester United might bid for Gareth Bale if he fails to start Saturday's Champions League final, the Independent says Real Madrid "could be open to negotiating" about a transfer.
It reports that Madrid may look to generate funds as they consider a bid for either Monaco's Kylian Mbappe or Eden Hazard of Chelsea.
The report adds that "the run to the Champions League final has seen Isco leap ahead of Bale" and led some to believe that "the Real team is more cohesive without him."
Sources said Madrid would now be willing to listen to offers from United "and the subject has already been broached."
Meanwhile, the Mail reports that the club will "launch their pursuit" of United goalkeeper David de Gea next week.
Although Madrid have not yet tabled a bid, "De Gea has been made aware that one will be forthcoming."
He is under contract at United until 2019 and the Mail says that although they do not believe he will try to force a move, he could go "if Madrid make an offer that forces their hand."
The Mirror reports that United boss Jose Mourinho "will have an eye on Madrid defender Raphael Varane on Saturday, with his interest "opening the door to a potential £50 million player-cash deal involving De Gea."
Bayern grow in confidence over Sanchez swoop
There's a whirl of activity at Arsenal, with reports that an £86 million bid for Mbappe has been rejected and the possibility of an offer for Leicester playmaker Riyad Mahrez in the works.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger hinted that a bid for the Algeria international could be forthcoming, but the most pressing question remains the Emirates future -- or otherwise -- of Alexis Sanchez, linked with Bayern Munich.
The Mirror reports that Bayern "are increasingly confident" of signing Sanchez and "are ready to make a huge offer."
The Chile international has a year remaining on his contract, and the Mirror says the Gunners have offered him more than £275,000 a week to stay.
He is also reported to be interesting both Chelsea and Manchester City, but Arsenal do not want to sell to a domestic rival -- hence Bayern's confidence.
City poised to wrap up Mendy deal
It's spend, spend, spend at Manchester City, with the latest big money about to go on Monaco defender Benjamin Mendy, the Mirror reports.
It says City are set to pay £39.8 million for the left-back, who will sign a four-year deal at the Etihad.
And it adds that City "are now expected to turn their attention to Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker as Guardiola overhauls his defence."
A central defender -- Southampton's Virgil van Dijk, Paris Saint-Germain's Marquinhos or Aymeric Laporte of Athletic Bilbao -- is the next piece of the puzzle.
-- Stoke City have joined a string of European clubs in monitoring the progress of Switzerland under-21 international defender Silvan Hefti, the Stoke Sentinel says.
Citing reports in Switzerland, it says the Potters have watched the 19-year-old St Gallen player but could face competition from clubs in Italy, Germany and France.
-- Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce, who knows a thing or two about defending, plans to raid newly-promoted Brighton for Vegard Forren, the Birmingham Mail reports.
Forren, 29, did not make a league appearance for the Seagulls after joining from Molde in March, but could now move to the Midlands.