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Tuesday, August 13
Gareth Bale may not be a priority for Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti's after all.
According to Pete Jenson and Mark Ogden of the Daily Telegraph, Ancelotti has informed Real president Florentino Perez that Bale is not "integral to his plans this season."
The Mirror's Darren Lewis disagrees, and reports that Ancelotti is keen to get a transfer completed sooner rather than later.
The Italian is said to want to allow Bale more time to settle than Luka Modric was given following the latter's own transfer from Tottenham in 2012.
Monday, August 12
Ian Herbert and Glenn Moore of The Independent explore in detail the possibility of Manchester United bidding for Tottenham's Gareth Bale.
The long-running saga of Real Madrid's interest in the Wales international has made Tottenham "seemingly more receptive to the English champions," according to Herbert and Moore.
Spurs' recent transfer history with United—particularly the latter's prolonged pursuit of Dimitar Berbatov in 2008—would certainly give both sides pause for thought.
As would Spurs' likely hesitation to sell Bale to a Premier League rival.
Depending on Bale's eagerness to leave White Hart Lane, it certainly seems feasible United would consider competing with Real for the player's signature.
Not least if a slow start to the season heightens the need for new boss David Moyes to make a big-name signing.
Both this Independent story and an article in the Daily Star by Jack Wilson also note that United forward Javier Hernandez could be included as part of any such move.