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World Football Gossip Roundup: Gareth Bale, Chelsea, Bayern Munich

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterJune 26, 2016

World Football Gossip Roundup: Gareth Bale, Chelsea, Bayern Munich

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    Tottenham supporters are still buzzing after the 3-0 win over Inter Milan in the Europa League on Thursday night, but the result has only furthered speculation on the future of Gareth Bale.

    The Wales international has again been linked with Real Madrid, but which Bernabeu midfielder is being offered as bait in a player-plus-cash deal?

    Chelsea may be cutting their losses on one superstar signing, while Manchester United are reported to be continuing their pursuit of a former Old Trafford star (no prizes for guessing which one).

    And which former Germany international says the hype surrounding Pep Guardiola's arrival at Bayern Munich is undermining the work being done by current coach Jupp Heynckes?

    Read on to find out.

Swap Shop for Spurs?

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    Real Madrid are going to test Tottenham's resolve over Gareth Bale with a £30 million-plus-player offer for the Wales international, according to the Daily Star.

    The player in question would be former White Hart Lane midfielder Luka Modric, who has slipped down the pecking order in Jose Mourinho's team this season.

    The Croatia international, 27, came off the bench against Manchester United in the Champions League on Tuesday to turn the game for Real after Nani's dismissal and levelled the score with a tremendous drive before Cristiano Ronaldo's winner.

    Modric left Spurs in August 2012 for the Spanish capital in a deal reported to be worth around £30 million, as reported by The Guardian.

Torres Heading Home?

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    Chelsea will cut their losses on misfiring striker Fernando Torres this summer, according to a report in the Daily Express.

    The Spain international has been an expensive flop since joining the Stamford Bridge club for £50 million from Liverpool in January 2011.

    The Blues have been strongly linked with a move for Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao and Torres could be a makeweight in a deal to bring the Colombian to West London.

    Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala are also credited with an interest in the 28-year-old Torres, but the forward would prefer a return to Spain, per the Express article.

Nike Key to Ronaldo Switch to United?

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    Manchester United have upped the ante in their quest to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, according to a report by the Daily Mail.

    The club have discussed funding of the deal for the Portugal international with kit suppliers Nike, with whom Ronaldo also has a deal.

    United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has played down any hopes of bringing the 28-year-old back to the club, despite the rapturous reception he received from supporters when his name was read out as part of the Real Madrid team in Tuesday's Champions League tie.

    Ronaldo left Old Trafford for the Bernabeu Stadium in a reported £80 million deal in June 2009 and refused to celebrate his winning goal against United on Tuesday.

Ballack Backs Bayern Boss

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    Former Bayern Munich midfielder Michael Ballack has called the coverage of Pep Guardiola's appointment as new Allianz Arena boss "disrespectful" to current head coach Jupp Heynckes, according to an ESPN report.

    The ex-Germany international, who announced his retirement from the game in October, admits the furore over the former Barcelona coach is understandable.

    However, the former Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen player claims the coverage of Guardiola undermines the work being done by Heynckes at Bayern this season.

    Heynckes has guided Bayern to a 17-point lead in the Bundesliga, a 3-1 lead over Arsenal in the Champions League last 16 and a German Cup semifinal against Wolfsburg.

Insult to Injury for Nicked Bendtner

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    It would be a fair assumption that this hasn't been the greatest of weeks for on-loan Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner.

    The Gunners forward, who is currently on loan at Juventus, had his driving licence suspended for three years by a Denmark court after he was found guilty of drunk driving (per BBC Sport) and was also banned from international football for six months as a result.

    Then it was revealed in a survey, as reported by the Daily Mail, that Bendtner's replica shirt at Juventus had not sold a single copy.

    Now a Copenhagen shop is selling a "Bendtner set" which includes a figurine of the forward, a toy car and a fridge magnet shaped like a beer bottle, as reported by

    Bendtner has been sidelined from the Juventus team since December due to a thigh injury.

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