THE LATEST GARETH BALE B*LLOCKS
Manchester United and Manchester City are reportedly ready to go to war this summer with Gareth Bale eyeing a Premier League return. Course they f**king are.
Bale was linked with a move back to England last year before deciding to remain at Real, but Benitez’s exit has left his future in the Spanish capital unclear once again. Italian media outlet Tuttomercatoweb claims that Bale has now set his sights on a sensational transfer to either Manchester United or Manchester City with Zidane lining up a bid for Chelsea exile Eden Hazard.
The report adds that Real are still keen for Bale to remain at the Bernabeu, with club chiefs putting together a new contract that would tie Bale down until 2021.But Bale’s representatives are believed to be working on a deal which would see Bale link up with either Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola for the upcoming Premier League campaign.
How can we best describe how we feel about this rumour? No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.
OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN TO SOUTHAMPTON
Another week, another Premier League club linked with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. We’ve had Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and West Ham, and now it’s Southampton.
The Daily Mirror’s John Cross has the scoop, claiming that Southampton want to make Oxlade-Chamberlain their highest-paid player this summer, and also offer him the vice-captaincy. It’s the big job everyone wants.
We did enjoy this line: ‘It would also underline Southampton’s ambition and determination to keep Ronald Koeman at the club this summer.’ Have we forgotten how badly Oxlade-Chamberlain has been playing and how much he’s been injured?
SPURS AND WEST HAM WANT WILSON
Tottenham and West Ham are eyeing a move for Bournemouth forward Callum Wilson, according to a report in The Sun.
Wilson, 24, made his return from eight months out with a knee injury with a late cameo in Bournemouth’s 2-1 win at doomed Aston Villa on Saturday.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and Hammers counterpart Slaven Bilic are both eyeing summer swoops for the former England Under-21 striker, with both clubs holding a long-term interest in the player, who scored 23 goals last season to fire the Cherries into the Premier League.
Wilson scored five times in seven games before suffering the injury in September. Pochettino wants Wilson as cover for top-scorer Harry Kane while Bilic believes the former Coventry striker can bolster his side’s attack.
AND THE REST
Antonio Conte is refusing to give up on his bid to bring Roma director of football Walter Sabatini to Chelsea… Sergio Ramos is being lined up by Antoni Conte to replace Branislav Ivanovic should the latter leave Stamford Bridge in the summer… Liverpool have started to identify potential suitors for Mario Balotelli as they fear being stuck with his £4.5m-per-season wages… Tottenham have opened talks to sign Rennes striker Ousmane Dembele, 18, in the summer… Ghana boss Avram Grant is to fly to England to try and persuade Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah to represent the country where both his parents were born… Newcastle defender Steven Taylor could be set to leave in the summer with the 30-year-old former academy player not yet being offered a new deal… Jonjo Shelvey wants to stay at Newcastle United even if it means playing in the Championship… Roberto Martinez is set for crunch talks with Farhad Moshiri and Bill Kenwright this week amid growing fan unrest at Everton… Arsenal are bracing themselves for a flurry of offers for their British talent this summer. Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers and Carl Jenkinson could be targets for their Premier League rivals.