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According to Spanish paper AS, Manchester United are plotting a £120m bid for Gareth Bale amid speculation that Real Madrid are willing to sell.

The report comes from Guillem Balague, who claims that Louis van Gaal has asked United's hierarchy to launch a bid. The manager refused to discuss rumours on Tuesday, though, telling reporters: "I cannot discuss that with you. I discuss that with my CEO (Ed Woodward) and not with anyone of the media."

Bale's representatives say the winger is happy in Spain, but news that 53% of Real Madrid fans voted to sell him in an online poll may leave him feeling unsettled.

Laurent Blanc has run out of patience with Edinson Cavani, paving the way for the striker to join Arsenal in a £50m move, claim the Daily Express.

The pair reportedly have a strained relationship after Cavani publicly complained about being played out of position last season and, with PSG faltering in third place in Ligue 1, it seems Blanc is ready to cut the Uruguayan loose.

'Liverpool and Manchester United have both been linked with moves for Cavani in the past but it seems that Arsenal are now in pole position to land the former Napoli star,' report the Express.

Can he play in defensive midfield?

Manchester City hope to solve their striker problems with a £25m move for Mario Mandzukic, according to the Daily Star.

With Sergio Aguero sidelined until February, and Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic also ruled out, Manuel Pellegrini has been left short in attack, forcing him to look at options in the transfer market.

'Pellegrini was keen on Papis Cisse and believed he could land the Newcastle hitman on the cheap,' report the Star.

'But he has been put off by the Magpies' staggering £35m asking price and has turned to Madzukic as he represents a better deal.'

It's unlikely Atletico would be willing to sell after only signing the striker in the summer.

Petr Cech's agent has confirmed talks have taken place between the out-of-favour Chelsea goalkeeper and European champions Real Madrid...Tottenham midfielder Paulinho is set for a January switch to Inter Milan as Spurs eye a swoop for West Brom frontman Saido Berahino...Arsenal are watching Nantes' French Under-21 midfielder Jordan Veretout...Striker Jermain Defoe is set on a Premier League return with QPR...

...Exiled Manchester City midfielder Scott Sinclair, 25, could be set for a move to Premier League rivals Crystal Palace...French side Nice want to sign midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa from Newcastle, after Hull City cut short a loan deal with the 27-year-old...Besiktas are considering a January loan move for Chelsea's 25-year-old winger Mohamed Salah.

If Cavani is unhappy being played out of position in Paris, will he be happier when exactly the same thing happens at Arsenal? Perhaps he should have a chat with Mr Ozil before he signs on the dotted line.
- mk1boy

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