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

In our latest transfer round-up West Ham look to have sealed a loan deal for Joe Hart while Real Madrid hope to sell Gareth Bale to United.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
16th July 2017

article:16th July 2017

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.


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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

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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

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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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