Real Madrid look to offload Gareth Bale to Manchester United, Man City's Joe Hart closes in on West Ham loan deal

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With the transfer window now officially open from July 1, the frenetic nature of speculation is only going to increase.

Rumours are starting to gather pace and we take a look at the latest stories doing the rounds in the media.

Will any of the following deals happen?

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JOE HART

The BBC report that England goalkeeper Joe Hart will have a medical on Monday before completing a season-long loan deal with West Ham.

Hart has been told he can find another club by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola after spending last season at Torino.

It is anticipated City will fund part of Hart’s wages and the agreement will include an option for West Ham to buy the 30-year-old.

RATING: 10/10

SPORT360 VERDICT

Hart’s fall from grace has been as spectacular as it has been sudden. The former England No1 appears destined to take his place between the sticks for West Ham next season.

While Hart will feel he should be playing in the Champions League, a loan move to West Ham at least keeps him relevant and in the public eye during a World Cup year.

A few good performances and he could work his way back to being England’s first choice.

Joe Hart

Joe Hart

GARETH BALE

Real are facing serious competition from Manchester City and Paris St-Germain to sign Monaco’s 18 year old striking sensation.

And the only hope they have got of matching Monaco’s £120 million asking price, according to the Express, is by offloading one of their star names before the transfer closes on August 31st.

But they have run into problems selling striker Alvaro Morata with Manchester United refusing to match their £80 million valuation.

While Chelsea are also reluctant to offer what they want and hope to get him for around £70 million despite being desperate to replace Diego Costa.

RATING: 6/10

SPORT360 VERDICT

The whole deal seems unlikely but if Bale is going to move this summer, Manchester United is probably the best destination for him and one of the few clubs who could accommodate him.

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho has said he wants two more signings in this window and while Ivan Perisic and either Nemanja Matic or Eric Dier look set to fill those slots, there is a sense that United are quietly in the hunt for a marquee name.

In that regard, Bale would be perfect. However, there is his recent injury woes to consider along with the fact that relations with Madrid have been strained after the two clubs failed to reach an agreement for Alvaro Morata.

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale

TONI KROOS

Real Madrid have angered Manchester United by reigniting their interest in David De Gea, just weeks after they had stated publicly that they no longer wanted to sign the Reds’ goalkeeper.

According to the Mirror, United have retaliated by demanding that German midfielder Toni Kroos should be included in any proposed deal to take De Gea to Madrid.

Mourinho is a big fan of the stylish German, believing the 27-year-old would dovetail neatly with £89million record buy Paul Pogba.

Madrid would be reluctant to part with Kroos, just as United are in no rush to release De Gea.

RATING: 3/10

SPORT360 VERDICT

Another Madrid-United transfer saga brewing? Or perhaps just another chapter to the long drawn out De Gea storyline. Kroos to United in a deal that would take the Spanish No1 to Madrid seems increasingly unlikely.

United may well be willing to part with De Gea at this stage given that their defence is far more solid than in previous years.

However, it Madrid will not want to lose Kroos and despite the wealth of midfield talent at their disposal, they clearly don’t like making any deals with United unless they emerge from it as clear winners.

Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos

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The summer friendlies provide a proving ground for footballers drafted in at great expense to new teams.

Although no points are on the line, intriguing hints towards how the signings will fit in, their current form and whether they will be a success can be gleaned.

At Sport360°, we will keep you up-to-date with how the new boys are getting on throughout the coming weeks.

ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE

WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS 1-3 ARSENAL

RATING: 6/10

The France striker got more minutes under his belt – and in an unfamiliar position.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger selected the £46.5 million (Dh223.6 million) man on the left wing in front of more than 80,000 fan as he attempted to use him in tandem with towering centre forward Olivier Giroud.

The highlight from Lacazette – who scored in his previous appearance – came for the opener, where a smart one-two with left wing-back Nacho Monreal allowed Giroud to smash in.

Alexandre Lacazette against WSW (Getty).

Alexandre Lacazette against WSW (Getty).

VICTOR LINDELOF

LA GALAXY 2-5 MANCHESTER UNITED

RATING: 5/10

This was a mixed bag of a debut for the Sweden centre-back. Thrown on for the second half in a three-man defence, the £31 million (Dh149.1 million) addition from Benfica showed supreme comfort in possession and almost grabbed a goal.

Yet he was beaten too easily by Mexico forward Giovani Dos Santos for LA Galaxy’s first consolation effort.

New team-mate Eric Bailly set a supreme benchmark from the off last pre-season, and this is the standard expected at Old Trafford.

Victor Lindelof against LA Galaxy (Man Utd/Twitter).

Victor Lindelof against LA Galaxy (Man Utd/Twitter).

ROMELU LUKAKU

LA GALAXY 2-5 MANCHESTER UNITED

RATING: 6/10

Lukaku was forced to take a back seat during his United bow, as Marcus Rashford got a brace and the £75 million (Dh360.7 million) new boy spurned a presentable chance.

Given the second half to impress, best friend Paul Pogba’s sharp interception and instant pass should have ended up with the ball in the back of the net. But Lukaku’s dragged effort on the turn was saved by goalkeeper Brian Row.

Manager Jose Mourinho was pleased with his contribution despite the miss, saying of the striker he sold at Chelsea in 2014: “He didn’t score goals, but he played better than the ones who did score goals.

“A good thing for me today is he’s a team player and was not worried about himself. He was worried about the improvement of the team.”

Romelu Lukaku against LA Galaxy (Getty).

Romelu Lukaku against LA Galaxy (Getty).

JAMES RODRIGUEZ

BAYERN MUNICH 2-0 WERDER BREMEN

RATING: 7/10

The loan signing from Real Madrid pulled the strings in midfield as Bayern defended the Telekom Cup on Saturday.

Nominally picked in the playmaker role for the final, the Colombia star productively floated inside from the right flank during a 45-minute match in which Thomas Muller and Juan Bernat got the goals. He was also happy to take on set-piece duty as his reunion with head coach Carlo Ancelotti got under way.

“I am happy with that. I hope to get fit in the following days,” James told reporters.

“That is what I want because I’ve been training here for just four days. But I am happy after what I did today, I feel good about it.”

James Rodriguez against Werder Bremen (Getty).

James Rodriguez against Werder Bremen (Getty).

MOHAMED SALAH

WIGAN ATHLETIC 1-1 LIVERPOOL

RATING: 7/10

The Egypt forward’s eye for goal continued on debut as he struck during the stalemate at League One Wigan.

The £34 million (Dh163.5 million) buy from Roma tapped in from close range after excellent work from the Brazil duo of Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.

Salah was then changed at half-time, meaning the Reds faithful only got a glimpse of what to expect in 2017/18.

Mohamed Salah against Wigan (Getty).

Mohamed Salah against Wigan (Getty).

BORJA VALERO

INTERNAZIONALE 1-2 NURNBERG

RATING: 7/10

The bearded Spanish centre midfielder experienced a low-key debut for the Nerazzurri, as they were beaten by lower-league German opposition.

Valero left the fray at half-time with the score goalless. His opening 45 minutes saw him bed into the Inter midfield alongside the likes of Geoffrey Kondogbia and Marcelo Brozovic.

More will be expected from the €7 million (Dh29.5 million) purchase from Fiorentina when Inter depart to China on Tuesday.

Borja Valero against Nurnberg (Inter).

Borja Valero against Nurnberg (Inter).

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Sign of the future: Arsenal need to plan for life without Alexis Sanchez (Getty).

Arsenal on Saturday received the news they had been dreading as Alexis Sanchez, a sole source of inspiration for much of last season, piled on the pressure by revealing his desperation to play in the Champions League.

The 28-year-old’s comments to Chilean media would have been welcomed by suitors such as Manchester City, who can now offer a platform in Europe’s premier club competition during 2017/18 which the Gunners cannot.

With the possibility growing that Arsene Wenger will be without the electric forward who scored 24 goals and registered 10 assists in 38 Premier League games last term, here we look at the manager’s attacking options next term as he plans for life without him.

DREAM SCENARIO

Even without being able to offer Champions League-football, Wenger has shown ambition with his transfer targets.

If he is able to perform a miracle and snap up both playmaker Thomas Lemar and teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe from Monaco, a tweaked 3-4-3 formation would offer goals galore.

To also facilitate Alexandre Lacazette, a club-record £46.5 million (Dh223.6 million) buy from Lyon, Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil could drop back into the three-man centre midfield.

This set-up would place enormous defensive responsibility on the likes of Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey in the middle. But it would be a joy to behold.

REALISTIC

Wenger has already vowed to stick with the 3-4-2-1 which delivered the FA Cup after its utilisation in April.

With Real Madrid heading the chasing pack for Mbappe, the chances are slim that the 18-year-old will be running out at Emirates Stadium next term. Yet the same cannot be said for Lemar, despite Monaco’s current intransigence about another sale.

A signing which has gone under the radar for the Gunners is powerful Bosnia-Herzegovina defender Sead Kolasinac. A tally of three goals and five assists last term in the Bundesliga for a struggling Schalke 04 hints at his promise.

A return to the stellar form of 2015/16 would also be most welcome for rampaging Spain right wing-back Hector Bellerin.

ALTERNATIVE

It is always good to have options during a hectic season, and there will come times for Arsenal to go more direct.

A change to the 4-2-3-1 which was enacted for much of last term could add purpose and penetration.

If France striker Olivier Giroud is retained, he can provide an excellent centre point for those around him. In the three behind him, England attacker Danny Welbeck and Lacazette would add a significant goal threat as inverted wingers.

The emphasis would fall on Ozil to supply the bullets, a role he has no problem performing.

One clear downside to this shape comes in the guise of Xhaka. The Switzerland midfielder, belatedly, blossomed when a change was made to 3-4-2-1 towards the end of a frustrating debut campaign.

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