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World Football Gossip Roundup: Gareth Bale, Joachim Low, Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterOctober 8, 2016

World Football Gossip Roundup: Gareth Bale, Joachim Low, Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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    How much is Gareth Bale worth to Tottenham Hotspur?

    That's the burning question in this Sunday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup. It's no secret that Bale is drawing interest from clubs around Europe. The main mystery involves how much the Welsh midfielder might cost one of his potential suitors.

    In addition to that story, today's roundup has news on Joachim Low, Micah Richards, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and more. Keep reading for all the details.

Gareth Bale Fee

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    Tottenham Hotspur want a world-record £100 million transfer fee for midfielder Gareth Bale, according to The Sun.

    Bale, a 23-year-old Welsh international, is enjoying a breakthrough season, scoring 17 Premier League goals in 27 appearances. He returned from an ankle injury Sunday against Manchester City.

    Bayern Munich reportedly joined the race to sign Bale this past week. Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are also thought to be interested.

    Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror reports that Spurs want £65 million for Bale.

Joachim Low Lined Up for Arsenal?

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    Germany coach Joachim Low is a candidate to succeed manager Arsene Wenger at Arsenal if Wenger leaves the club when his contract expires at the end of next season, according to the Sunday Times (subscription required).

    Metro's non-subscription version of the report is here.

    Low, 53, took over as Germany coach from Jurgen Klinsmann in 2006. His contract with the German federation expires after the 2014 World Cup.

    Wenger, 63, has managed Arsenal since 1996. His contract expires following the 2013-14 season.

AC Milan Want Micah Richards?

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    AC Milan are interested in Manchester City defender Micah Richards on the recommendation of Mario Balotelli, according to The Sun.

    Richards, a 24-year-old England international, has played just four league matches this season after suffering a long-term knee injury. Milan were reportedly interested in Richards last summer and have renewed their interest based on Balotelli.

    City value Richards around £15 million.

    Balotelli, a 22-year-old Italy international striker, joined Milan from City in January.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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    The agent of Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says Juventus, Milan and Inter have a chance of signing Ibrahimovic (per La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Goal.com).

    Ibrahimovic, 31, formerly played for Juventus from 2004-06 before moving to Inter. He played for Inter from 2006-09 and Milan from 2010-12. Ibrahimovic's agent, Mino Raiola, likened the situation to Milan's signing of Mario Balotelli from Manchester City this past winter.

    "Six months ago Milan thought [Mario] Balotelli was impossible," said Raiola, who also represents Balotelli. "But they made the right sacrifice at the right time and the dream became reality."

    Raiola added: "I think at the moment only Juve and Milan, plus Inter, could think about a similar swoop."

Quick Kicks

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    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says United are interested in Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski but adds Bayern Munich are too (via Sunday Express).

    Manager David Moyes and midfielder Marouane Fellaini are set to leave Everton this summer. Fellaini reportedly has a £23 million release clause in his contract (via Mail on Sunday).

    Arsenal assistant Steve Bould is a candidate to replace Tony Pulis as Stoke's manager (via Sunday Mirror).

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to sign Schalke's £15-million rated midfielder Julian Draxler (via Sunday Express).

    The Gunners have turned to QPR's Julio Cesar in their search for a keeper (via Sunday Mirror).

    Valencia's Adil Rami (pictured) has injured himself dancing to "Gangnam Style" (via Metro).

    Luis Suarez says he will stay with Liverpool for four more seasons (via Sunday Times, subscription required).

     

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